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Our most recommended Hamburg Sightseeing Walking Tours

Hamburg: Night Watchman's Tour of St. Pauli in German

1. Hamburg: Night Watchman's Tour of St. Pauli in German

Enjoy a unique city tour with the traditional night watchmen around the largest entertainment and red-light district in Europe. Your German-language guide will meet you at the Landungsbrücken and showcase all that St. Pauli has to offer. Your guide will take on the role and uniform of the original St. Pauli night watchman, who represents the notorious district of Hamburg. He will discover the Große Freiheit ("The Great Freedom”) with you. Satisfy your curiosity and learn all of the local secrets. Hear about what it's like inside the Davidwache Police Department, how the rope-making industry carved out the path the Reeperbahn, Joe Cocker's incident, the mysterious Herbertstraße, and legendary stories involving Paul McCartney.

Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

2. Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

Discover Hamburg's Speicherstadt, HafenCity, and the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie on a guided walking tour. Learn about what these three iconic landmarks from your local guide, seeing them first-hand. Meet near the Elbphilharmonie for this tour and see what this part of Hamburg has to offer. Your guide will wait for you with your tickets. Enter the building via the longest escalator in the world, the "Tube". Pass the panoramic window and get to the majestic Plaza. Ass you stroll through the building, learn what is so unique about this masterpiece and its concert hall. Get a deep insight into the background of the Elbphilharmonie, leaving no questions unanswered. Unfortunately, the concert halls can't be visited. After having seen the "Elphi", continue your tour outside to get to know more of Hamburg. Discover the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district and listen to the explanations of your guide. Then, cross over to the modern Hafencity and marvel at its futuristic buildings. There are many celebrities living in this part of the city, such as the Klitschko brothers and Helene Fischer.

Hamburg: Guided Walking Tour for Harry Potter and Magic Fans

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

Discover the corners of Hamburg that could well have served as a 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.  Your guide will show you many secret corners of Hamburg that only locals know about, and also test your knowledge about Harry Potter. You will also learn about the history of the city of Hamburg and its history.

Hamburg: Haunted Walking Tour

4. Hamburg: Haunted Walking Tour

Experience the spooky atmosphere of Hamburg at night on a walking tour in the footsteps of the city's ghosts. Skip the wild party atmosphere of St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn and learn what really goes on after dark! Prepare to be spooked by witches and demons as you visit eerie locations and haunted sites. Get a feel for the evil atmosphere of the city, under the protection of St. Catherine, as you make your way from St. Catherine's Church to the mystical Speicherstadt. Search for ghosts in the fabled "Quarter of the Crooked Moon" before wandering the old-fashioned streets around St. Nicholas' Church.

Hamburg: Schanzenviertel Culinary Tour

5. Hamburg: Schanzenviertel Culinary Tour

Experience a culinary tour of Hamburg's Shanzenviertel. Characterized by the wide variety of cafes and bars, the district will delight you with endless culinary options. The Sternschanze was once a star-shaped defense structure. Today, it enjoys a cult status similar to the Reeperbahn. Nowhere else in Hamburg will you have the opportunity to see the fight against gentrification and commerce at first hand, and on the tour you will discuss current topics such as the increase in rent prices and the trade and interest of investors. Explore a district that has emerged as one of the trendiest areas in the city. With an area of 0.60 square kilometers, the Sternschanze is one of the smallest but also most exciting neighborhoods in the whole of Hamburg. Right in the heart of the district is the left-wing autonomous center, the “Rote Flora.” Follow in the footsteps of Carl Hagenbeck and the true “revolutionaries,” and visit the old piano factory. Along the way, stop at some of the local favorites in the area and enjoy the culinary diversity of the district with five different delicacies, as well as hear exciting stories and discover true craftsmanship.

Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

6. Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

See Hamburg's exciting new architectural and cultural landmark, the Elbphilarmonie on a guided walking tour, excluding its concert halls. Then see Hamburg from a different perspective on a boat cruise in the harbor. Enjoy a guided tour of Hamburg's new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie. Learn from your guide about this impressive building. Begin with a tour around the building before riding the world's longest escalator. Then admire great views of Hamburg and the harbor from the Plaza, with interesting commentary from your tour guide. Also included in this tour is an approximately 1-hour harbor boat tour. Travel close to the enormous containerships and admire the Elbphilharmonie from the water. Photograph the building from this unique perspective. If the water level is sufficient, you will also travel through the canals of the Speicherstadt – the Hamburg Warehouse District. The jetty is close to the Elbphilharmonie. Depending on your booked time, you can either visit the Elbphilharmonie first and then take the harbor tour at 11:00, or go on the harbor tour first and then visit the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Tour of the Chocoversum

7. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Tour of the Chocoversum

This tour takes you on a discovery of Hamburg’s chocolate side. Visit the Chocoversum by Hachez, a museum with an interactive experience in which everything revolves around sweet chocolate. Experts will take you on a 1.5-hour pleasure trip, on which you follow the cocoa beans on their exciting journey from cultivation to the finished chocolate bar. Sample the exquisite delicacies at every stage of production and experience for yourself how the delicate glaze and the fine taste develops to the end product. Follow all of the production steps closely and even create your own chocolate bar to take with you.

Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Beatles Music Tour

8. Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Beatles Music Tour

Explore St Pauli on foot and hear fascinating stories about the Beatles in Hamburg. Take a guided walk through the side streets of St Pauli and visit the major Beatles-related locations. See the famous red-light district with the Reeperbahn and Große Freiheit where the Beatles spent a lot of time on and off stage in the early sixties. Enjoy live performances of Beatles songs by your musician guide during the walk. Visit a local pub to see more performances of your favorite Beatles tracks. Walk in the footsteps of the Beatles and experience the bustling atmosphere of St. Pauli on this 2.5-hour tour.

Hamburg: Speicherstadt Walking Tour with Coffee Tasting

9. Hamburg: Speicherstadt Walking Tour with Coffee Tasting

Meet your friendly guide at Wandrahmsteg Bridge before setting off on your 2-hour tour of Hamburg’s famous Speicherstadt. The Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world, nestled in Hamburg’s vibrant port. Throughout your tour, explore the rich-history of this bustling hub which for centuries has been a trading center for spices, carpets, coffee, and more. Explore one of the Speicherstadt’s vibrant spice stores and soak up the array of unique sights, scents, and flavors. Learn about the spice-trading industry and how it has played a role in shaping the Speicherstadt. The tour also visits a selection of colorful Oriental carpet stores, craft stores, and chocolate shops, where you can mingle with the locals and shop for souvenirs. The final stop of the tour is a local coffee roasting shop. Whilst there, meet 2-time European Roasting Master, Erik, and learn everything there is to know about the production of coffee. Afterwards, enjoy an authentic coffee tasting workshop and discover the versatile flavors of this beloved beverage.

Hamburg: Dialogue in the Dark® Exhibition Guided Tour

10. Hamburg: Dialogue in the Dark® Exhibition Guided Tour

See nothing but discover a lot on a visit to the unique Dialogue in the Dark® exhibition. Take a safe and humorous guided walk through the completely darkened exhibition with your blind host in a small group of no more than 8 people. Get to know each other without leaning on appearances, overcome prejudices, and handle daily situations without relying on your eyes. Equipped with a blind cane, discover the world that we usually take for granted in a completely new way. Hear, feel, and find your bearings in various non-visual situations of daily life, like going for a walk in the park and crossing a busy city street. Enjoy an experience that will live long in your memory as even buying something in the dark turns into fun. The last stop on the tour is at the Dark Bar where you can talk about your experience over a drink with the guides. Ask your guide all the questions which naturally arise during the tour and compare notes with your fellow visitors. As this fascinating experience gradually comes to an end after about 90 minutes, slowly return to the well-lit foyer with a brand new perspective on the world.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How do the free tours work?

    Free walking tours are perfect for those visiting on shoestring budgets or simply unsure how much to pay in advance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a catch! Remember your guide does this for a living so bring some cash and pay what you think it was worth at the end. If you don't, make sure you can handle the guilt-trip!

  • How hard is it?

    Hamburg walking tours can last up to five hours, but most are in the region of two to three hours. If that still seems like hard-going, why not choose a shorter, more specialized tour, perhaps around a certain district of your choice, or around themed landmarks - how about the venues where The Beatles played?

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What people are saying about Hamburg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 32,402 reviews

We really enjoyed the evening with Flo (aka Klaus) and got a great insight into the scene in St. Pauli. Must visit for all newcomers ;)

A great tour in a nice atmosphere, lots of laughs and discovered new corners of Hamburg, we two really enjoyed it

Ulf entertained us and shared many great stories from his wealth of experience with us. Thanks a lot for this.

Top guide, only to be recommended. and the best fish sandwich in Hamburg where small sharks get big fish...

A nice and very informative tour. With lots of background information.