Hamburg For first-time visitors

Our most recommended Hamburg For first-time visitors

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

1. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

See Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions from a unique perspective, float past impressive container ships, and discover the historic Speicherstadt District aboard a 1.5-hour cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

2. Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

The Hamburg Dungeon brings the darkest period's of the city's history to life in an entertaining way. The state-of-the-art special effects and professional actors provide a very special kind of live entertainment. The live actors step into historical roles and take you on a journey through 600 years of Hamburg's murky past in interactive shows. The visitor attraction in the historical Speicherstadt district presents 11 different shows on a 90-minute tour and offers plenty of action on 2 fun rides. Visitors can embark on an unusual journey on the "Elevator of Doom". You can also discover the dark years of the Plague or try to save the pirate Klaus Störtebecker from execution. Defend yourself before the mercy of the inquisition and face the revenge of a restless spirit - with a twinkle in the inquisitor's eyes and the opportunity for lots of fun.

Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

3. Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

Visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza on a guided walking tour and learn some exciting background information about this spectacular building as you discover both its outside and inside. After meeting your guide, find out about the building’s original plans, plus its construction, completion challenges, and special features. Tour the outside of the building while learning about its façade and other external features. Then, travel on up the Tube — the longest escalator in the world. Glimpse its large panoramic window before arriving at the Plaza: an activity hub connecting the historical docks to the modern glass architecture. Take a moment to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Hamburg over the harbor and HafenCity from the Plaza. While there, hear about the music that is played inside as your guide gifts you with more tidbits about this striking modern structure.

St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink

4. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink

Explore Hamburg's St. Pauli neighborhood and experience the famous Reeperbahn, the main thoroughfare of St. Pauli’s red-light and entertainment district. Listen to adult tales of sex and crime as you visit numerous pubs, theaters, and sex shops. Follow your guide through lively bars and trendy nightclubs. Walk past the famous boxing and erotic bar “Zur Ritze” where Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers trained. You’ll also pass by the most famous side street of the Reeperbahn: the Große Freiheit. Listen to stories about the nightlife scene in the city and the famous strip clubs including the "Dollhouse" play. Learn about life in this special Kiez and its rules. Your guide will tell you both dark and funny anecdotes as you walk around, providing you with additional context and background information that you wouldn’t otherwise know. To make the tour even more special, take the opportunity to enjoy a drink with your group and guide.

Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

5. Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour on the double-decker Line A sightseeing bus in Hamburg. Travel along the Speicherstadt (warehouse city) and harbor city to the shopping areas of the town. Gain valuable insights into the city and its history. Hop aboard with your day ticket that enables you to hop on and hop off at 20 bus stops. See the wonderful villas in Harvestehude, the Outer Alster lake, the city hall, museums, the famous Reeperbahn, and the harbor. Get information in your own language with a GPS steered audio system that offers crystal-clear narration in 11 languages via headsets. Lean back and enjoy the all-around view. In nice weather, the bus goes open top to allow you unobstructed views.

Hamburg: Guided Walking Tour for Harry Potter and Magic Fans

6. Hamburg: Guided Walking Tour for Harry Potter and Magic Fans

Discover the hidden gems of Hamburg that could have served as the background for a Harry Potter movie, including the "Diagon Alley" of the city. Learn fun facts about the mystical creatures that you can find scattered across town and the legends behind them.  Meet your guide outside the impressive Town Hall and embark on your guided adventure. Take in the river views at Alsterarkaden and stroll down the Jungfernstieg promenade. Admire the picturesque buildings of Deichstraße and the gothic St. Nicholas' Church. Head off the beaten track and visit the secret corners of Hamburg that only locals know about, and test your knowledge of Harry Potter. You will also learn about the history of the city of Hamburg and its history.

Hamburg: Ticket to the Panoptikum Waxworks

7. Hamburg: Ticket to the Panoptikum Waxworks

Discover the fascination between waxworks and reality at the Panoptikum in Hamburg – the oldest waxworks in Germany. Experience the fascinating world of wax, merging reality with fantasy, across 700 square meters. Meet more than 120 personalities from history, art, and politics as well as celebrities and superstars – all lifelike and closely replicated as wax figures. Whether Michael Schumacher, Queen Elizabeth II, Vitali Klitschko, Karl Lagerfeld, or Helmut Schmidt – they're all waiting for you! You can also discover the giant woman Mariedl with a height of 2.27 meters as well as a man with 3 eyes and other extraordinary people. A scary corner and a medical-anatomical cabinet complete the exhibition.

Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Bike Tour

8. Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Bike Tour

Set off on a discovery tour of Hamburg and immerse yourself in the city’s most iconic landmarks and districts on this cycling tour. Listen as your guide explains the history behind the harbor city and hear tales behind all the impressive sights. Choose from a variety of tours with different durations and destinations like the Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt, Old Harbor. Peddle on easy-to-bike paths through this flat city with well-maintained cycling equipment.  Meet your guide and get set up with your bike. Make your way through the the Speicherstadt, a UNESCO world heritage site in the eastern part of the city. While here, admire the unique 19th-century brick architecture which rests in the water on millions of oak poles.

Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

9. Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

Sail past the famous Alster Fountain and under the Lombards bridge directly to the Outer Alster. See beautiful residential areas and sights, such as the Hotel Atlantic, Blue Mosque, U. S. Consulate General, or Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Discover the city´s stunning panorama with its church spires and bridges, as well as the natural life along the lakeside with its many water birds and rare plants.

Hamburg: HafenCity Food Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry

10. Hamburg: HafenCity Food Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry

Take a tour of the most spectacular foodie spots in the HafenCity and Speicherstadt and indulge in 5 delicious snacks. Whiz up to the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie and soak in the unparalleled views. After meeting your trusty guide, set off on this unique walking tour. You’ll visit the Speicherstadt, a historic warehouse complex that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and listen to exciting stories. Discover HafenCity, the largest inner-city construction project in Europe. Join a local guide who knows all about the area and provides you with exciting anecdotes and historical information. Then, ride on Germany’s longest freestanding escalator and head to the Elbphilharmonie’s plaza for a panoramic view of the harbor and the city. Learn about the architecture and acoustics of the halls from your guide without physically going inside. As you journey from place to place, take the chance to try different appetizers in various special locations from traditional German delicacies to contemporary flavors.

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Excellent tour showing us all the sights of Hamburg. The only slight problem was finding where the bus started from after we got dropped off by the large lake in centre of city. Could have done with an information board.

Great 1,5 hours on the boat with a great view on the skyline of Hamburg, Speicherstadt and the Port. We loved it, especially because our guide Marco had a lot of interesting informations and a great sense of humor.

It was very welcoming and a very relaxing trip. We got to see the harbour in detail and see huge ships while the guide explained interesting facts about them to us. An activity that shouldn't be missed!!

A must when visiting Hamburg for the first time. Great guide or bus driver. Smooth running.

You have seen the most important points of Hamburg. Driver was very nice.