The largest port in Germany, the Hamburg port serves as the mediator between Germany and the rest of the world. Not only has the port helped in gaining Germany a place in international trade, but it has also greatly contributed to the culture of the city.
What best way to discover this bustling city than on a cruise along the mighty Elbe river? From the historical Speicherstadt district to the modern Hafen City, there is much to be explored here. A perfect amalgamation of the medieval and the modern, you will find yourself cruising through narrow canals, witnessing numerous bridges, and much more on this Hamburg Harbor Tour.
Visitors can choose between a traditional barge or a spacious salon ship. While the barge offers a more authentic experience, you can opt for the ship if you wish to travel in luxury. Your captain will provide you with interesting information regarding the Port of Hamburg while pointing out all the main attractions that it holds.
Cruise along the Elbe river and discover the famous Hamburg port. A melting pot of culture, art, and trade, there is much to discover here. Choose between a traditional barge or a ship and observe the seaport from the waters.
You will get to see all the highlights of the city- the historic warehouse district of Speicherstadt, the modern Hafen City, the magnificent Elbphilharmonie, and more. And while you are there, don’t forget to check out the iconic bridges that Hamburg is so famous for!
Get a taste of the largest port in Germany and explore the iconic Elbphilharmonie with this Hamburg Harbor tour. Discover the breathtaking structure while paying special attention to its architecture. After a tour of the building, you will be taken to the terrace from where you can observe the entire city.
After you have had your fill of the Elbphilharmonie, head over to the Hamburg Harbor for a one-hour tour of the harbor. Witness all the major attractions of the city from your unique vantage point. Cruise along red-bricked warehouses, container bridges and gain a wonderful insight into the history of the Elbe river.
A winding street lined with red-bricked warehouses, Speicherstadt has transformed into the quintessential symbol of Hamburg. This UNESCO World Heritage site houses the world’s largest warehouse complex filled with beautifully designed buildings and an intricate canal network. Several of these buildings have been converted into museums, allowing visitors a glimpse into the history of Hamburg.
The largest inner-city development project in Europe started in 2000. By 2025, Hafen City is set to be extended by 40%. In contrast to Speicherstadt, Hafen City is a contemporary quarter with a bustling city life. Known for its dynamic architecture, urban atmosphere, and ship terminals, it is a must-visit for everyone going to Hamburg. It also has several eateries where visitors can relax and enjoy a warm meal.
Located in the far west of Hafen City, it is hard to believe that the Elbphilharmonie was once a quiet, unassuming brown-bricked warehouse. It was later transformed into a concert hall by architect extraordinaires Herzog and de Meuron. Touted to be the cultural headquarters of Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie is also known for the breathtaking view of the harbor it offers.
Did you know? Hamburg has over 2500 bridges within its city limits, more than any other city in the world. In this city of bridges, the Köhlbrand Bridge stands out for its grandeur and elegance. Daily, more than 35,000 vehicles cross this bridge located along the Elbe river. Driving along the Köhlbrand Bridge allows you to not only observe the massive structure up close but also offers you a stunning view of the Elbe river.
MS Cap San Diego was once a sprawling ship that carried cotton, coffee, clothes, and other essentials to Germany. It has now been transformed into a museum, making it the largest museum ship in the world. Climb aboard the vessel and enjoy their live events, exhibitions, and much more.
From theaters and galleries to clubs and restaurants, this famous street located along the Elbe river is famous for its eclectic nightlife. Originally a ropemakers’ district, the quarter gained popularity after seamen started frequenting the area looking for some amusement. Here, you will find many flea markets, open-air concerts, and other interesting experiences.
Experience the history of Hamburg through exciting rides and entertaining shows. Travel back in time and witness the plague, climb aboard a pirate ship and discover Hamburg with the help of professional actors. But beware, this is not for the faint of heart!
Fresh produce, fruits, flowers - name it and you will find it here. Every Sunday morning, this area is transformed into an endearing mix of bargaining, hollering, and haggling. Watch fishermen show off their fresh catch as you navigate between the numerous stalls selling a wide variety of commodities.
You can get to Hamburg Harbor by bus, train, and subway.
Hamburg Harbor is located along the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Yes, you can. Six ferry lines connect Hamburg Harbor to the Elbe river. All stop at Landungsbrücken.
Yes. During low tide, certain areas like the Speicherstadt district may not be accessible via boat.
Yes. The rules and restrictions to be kept in mind while cruising are:
Depending on the weather conditions, your boat will have an open or closed glass roof.
Visitors are required to wear a face mask (OP / FFP2 mask). No proof is required.
Several safety measures like social distancing, prompt sanitization and other safety measures have been put in place inside the cruise ships. Additionally, all visitors are required to wear masks upon entering the ship.
Unless you opt for a combo tour, you need to purchase a separate ticket to enter the Elbphilharmonie.
Yes. All the passenger ships are wheelchair accessible. However, please note that the barges are not.
Your captain will regale you with tales of the port and point out all the major attractions as you pass them by.
Yes. Free audio guides are available on Hamburg Harbor cruises, allowing you to gain in-depth knowledge of the various attractions.