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Hamburg: Schanzenviertel Culinary Tour

1. Hamburg: Schanzenviertel Culinary Tour

Experience a culinary walking tour of Hamburg's Shanzenviertel. Characterized by the wide variety of cafes and bars, the district will delight you with endless culinary options. Head into five local food hotspots and try the region's flavors as your guide explains their backstories. Learn about the history of this iconic neighborhood from your local guide along the way. 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.

Hamburg: Guided Schanzen District Walking Tour

2. Hamburg: Guided Schanzen District Walking Tour

Schanzenviertel has a very unique charm of its own. Some like it a lot, others don’t. After this 2-hour walking tour, you will certainly have enough information to make up your own mind about it. As a very lively urban neighborhood, Schanze is of course changing constantly. Still today, one can still find the original and alternative Hamburg of the 80s and 90s, but gentrification as always has been going on rapidly for quite some time. Over the last 10 to 15 years, more and more young, creative, and financially strong people feel attracted by Schanzenviertel’s milieu. This tour presents both sides, allowing you to get to know a former student and working class neighborhood, and a buzzing nightlife hot-spot caught between gentrification and shopping craziness. Visit the lively Marktstraße in the Karoviertel, lined with alternative shops, bars, and restaurants. The street art is all over the city and offers great photo motifs.  Look into some backyards and see how life works behind the mostly-modern building facades. Visit the Galao Strip, as the street Schulterblatt is called due to its countless Portuguese cafes and bars, and learn all about this relaxed nightlife spot. Here you will also find the controversial "Rote Flora", the autonomous cultural center. The tour ends here. Your guide will leave you with plenty of tips on where to shop, eat, or walk around during the rest of your time in Hamburg.

Hamburg: True Crime Scene and Investigation Training Tour

3. Hamburg: True Crime Scene and Investigation Training Tour

The tour is in german language. Embark on a journey of over a dozen original crime scenes in the beautiful and historic city of Hamburg, as you take on fictitious training as a special investigator in the city. Begin your training in Altona after a detour in Ottensen, then journey through St. Pauli, Schanze, Neustadt, Rotherbaum, Pöseldorf, Eppendorf, and Harvestehude to Winterhude. Gain new and exciting insights into policing as you also become familiar with Hamburg's most diverse and culturally significant areas. Visit 14 interesting locations in 12 districts over a distance of 16 kilometers as you see some of the most intimate aspects of the historic city. Discover and interpret challenging clues, interrogate witnesses, and learn about all facets of police work. Encounter neighborhood legends, murderers, blackmailers, and other criminals. Search and collect for clues and evidence throughout the city, then make sure that the carefully collected clues are preserved. Use interrogation techniques, and learn traffic control and weapons training. Finally, learn to authenticate documents, text analysis, and cryptography/decryption. Once you have completed your training, you will receive an "official" special investigator's badge to download as a souvenir that is worth cash.

Hamburg: Schanzenviertel & Karolinenviertel 2-Hour Tour

4. Hamburg: Schanzenviertel & Karolinenviertel 2-Hour Tour

Discover the Schanzenviertel and the Karolinenviertel in Hamburg, and get to know these two trendy districts! The Schanzenviertel was once an early defense post for the city of Hamburg. The “Schanze”, as it is affectionately known by its inhabitants, is now a popular residential neighborhood. In recent years the Schanzenviertel and Karolinenviertel have developed from working class districts to popular and trendy neighborhoods with interesting restaurants, bars, and clubs, and also where Tim Mälzer opened his restaurant. To simply consider the area because of the high profile it has earned through regular demonstrations does not do justice to the neighbourhoods' many facets. That's why on this guided tour you will also learn about then changes and problems in the district. Immerse yourself in the history of the foreland of Hamburg located in front of the former embankments and get to know one of Hamburg’s youngest districts. Take a look behind the scenes and leave the main streets to visit the old factory sites and back courtyards. Stroll past the many local independent shops that make the neighborhoods so special. In addition to learning interesting information, you will also have many fantastic photo opportunities. See for yourself!

Hamburg: Krimi-Rätseltour Schanze

5. Hamburg: Krimi-Rätseltour Schanze

In this fictional criminal case you have to catch a bank robber. There is a clear main suspect - actually a harmless petty crook, but rumors are circulating on the hill that he has recently come into a lot of money. Where does the sudden fortune come from? The game management will help you solve the case from afar with advice and action, but the successful recovery of the loot and capture of the robber is entirely in your hands. You must follow clues, collect clues and crack codes. On the way past well-known and unfamiliar places in the district, you will come closer and closer to the solution. But don't make it too easy. The thief has camouflaged his trail well and you have to solve puzzles at each station that will show you the way. You have to ask yourself, for example: Could a ticket be the decisive clue to the solution? Can you find the goal and crack the final code?

Hamburg: Private Driving Tour with Local Guide

6. Hamburg: Private Driving Tour with Local Guide

Get an insider’s look at Hamburg from the comfort of a van whose experienced driver will serve as your private guide as you tour the city. Stop to take photos or walk around when you choose. Take a break to grab a bite to eat or pop into souvenir shops at any time. Take a stroll along Alster Lake while enjoying an ice cream or watching the sailboats and swans. Visit the picturesque former fishing village, Blankenese, known for the thousands of stairs that line its hills. Pass by lighthouses, romantic gardens, and villas while catching glimpses of the Elbe River. Embrace the alternative vibe of the trendy and colorful Schanzen quarter. Next head to HafenCity and admire the shimmering glass facade of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Learn about Hamburg’s rich history and current events from the anecdotes your local guide will share throughout the day.

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What people are saying about Schanzenviertel

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,187 reviews

On this tour we got to know the Schanzenviertel in its scenic and multicultural diversity. Our guide Patricia "fed" us very well with a lot of interesting information worth knowing. Speaking of “fed”: The culinary delicacies and the corresponding locations were excellently selected. The peculiarity and the individuality of the hill could not have been better portrayed. And ….. we also got fed up. A recommended tour that whets the appetite for more.

Through the culinary tour you got to know the Schanzenviertel in many ways and we all got a broad impression of this area and its history. Our guide Jane from the partner company Adventure World Tours was very friendly and fully responded to our needs and questions, so that we could spend a relaxed and interesting morning. We can definitely recommend the tour! Bring your hunger ;)

Our guide Pete guided us through the Schanzenviertel with passion. We got a lot of interesting insider tips. The culinary delights rounded off the evening perfectly. We recommend! Thank you Pete!

This tour is simply mega - really highly recommended! The food was delicious, our guide Pete was simply the best & it was really interesting!

Interesting comments and explanations by the guide, everything was very authentic and the food was delicious. Always my pleasure