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2-Hour Hamburg Harbor Cruise

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  • Board either a romantic barge or an elegant salon ship and set sail on the river Elbe to discover the port of Hamburg.
  • With live commentary narrated in German by an experienced Captain, you can gain mighty insight into this industrial world where traditions meet modernity.
  • Explore the historic warehouse district of Speicherstadt and sail past cranes, containers, and massive ships.
  • See the HafenCity along with the impressive Elbphilharmonie and admire its glassy and crystal-like exterior.
  • Enjoy a free audio guide in English for additional context on the cruise. Download from Google Play Store or App Store.

Inclusions

  • 2 hr harbor cruise
  • Live commentary in German
  • Freedom to select the desired date after purchase
  • Free choice between ship and barge during the purchase
  • Audio guide in English (Download from Google Play Store or App Store)

Exclusions

  • Drinks and Food
  • Additional Gratuities

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • Boarding on the barge
  • Boarding on the passenger ship (salon ship)
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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1-Hour Hamburg Harbor Cruise

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  • Choose between a barge or a passenger ship and set sail on the river Elbe for a time-efficient and exciting harbor cruise to see the best of Hamburg.
  • With live commentary in German by a skipper on board or an audio guide in English, learn about all the largest seaports in Germany.
  • Explore the historic warehouse district of Speicherstadt and the contemporary Hafen City where you can witness the impressive Elbphilharmonie in all its glory.
  • Cruise past the famous Fischmarkt, the docks by Blohm and Voss, and the giant container terminals and soak up the busy atmosphere!
  • Enjoy the freedom to choose a boarding point from 3 different options – Boarding on the Barge at Landungsbrücken, Bridge 1, 2 or 3.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour harbor cruise
  • Live commentary (German only)
  • Audio guide in English
  • Boarding on Barge at Landungsbrücken, Bridge 1, 2 or 3 (optional)

Exclusions

  • Headset
  • Beverages (Can be purchased on the cruise)
  • Tip: Pair your harbor adventure with a visit to the Miniatur Wunderland or the Elbphilharmonie for a full Hamburg experience.
  • The live commentary is in German only. English commentary is available through an audio guide.
  • Wheelchairs and strollers are best accommodated on the larger passenger ship. The departure time for this ship will be confirmed at the meeting point.
  • For a complete Speicherstadt experience, opt for a barge cruise – larger ships can't navigate the low bridges.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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1 or 1.5-Hour Hamburg Evening Lights Cruise

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  • Experience the magic of Hamburg Harbor on a 1 or 1.5-hour grand evening cruise, complete with breathtaking views of the city's illuminating landmarks.
  • With its captivating German live commentary, the cruise offers a unique chance to explore Hamburg's rich history and culture.
  • Enjoy prime offerings, including an open deck for panoramic views and an onboard bar for refreshments, making the journey as comfortable as it is memorable.
  • Capture the vibrancy of Hamburg as you cruise past the bustling fish market and the industrious container port.

Inclusions

  • 1/1.5-hr Hamburg cruise
  • Live commentary in German
  • Boarding on barge (optional)
  • Boarding on a passenger cruise ship (optional)

Exclusions

  • Food & drinks (at personal expense)
  • Tip: Visit the fish market. Not only is it an integral part of Hamburg's culture, but it also offers a wide range of items from seafood to souvenirs.
  • This experience is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo (Save 18%): 1-Day Hamburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + 1-Hour Hamburg Harbor Cruise

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  • Discover the vibrant city of Hamburg with a 1-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour and set sail on a 1-hour Hamburg Harbor cruise with this cost-saving combo.
  • Enjoy unlimited hopping on and off the bus at 15 stops with buses arriving every 20-40 mins, complemented by an audio guide in 6 languages.
  • Visit iconic spots like Marco-Polo-Terrasse known for its panoramic views of the city's harbor, particularly the waterfront area known as the "Landungsbrücken."
  • Sail for an hour in Hamburg Harbor on a traditional barge or passenger ship of your choice, with an English audio guide.
  • Glide past iconic sites on the cruise, catching sight of the Elbphilharmonie's glass facade and the docks by Blohm and Voss, a German shipbuilding company.

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Hop-on hop-off bus tour

  • 1-day hop-on hop-off tour
  • Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian & German
  • Sightseeing map
  • Headphones

Harbor cruise

Hamburg route

Winter timetable (from Nov 1 to Mar 31) & Summer timetable (from Apr 1 to Oct 31)

  • First bus: 9:45am from Kirchenallee (Hauptbahnhof)
  • Last bus: 2:45pm from Kirchenallee (Hauptbahnhof)
  • Frequency: every 20-40 mins
  • Popular stops: Goose market, Gerhart Hauptmann Platz, Marco-Polo-Terrasse

Hop-on hop-off bus tour

  • Tip: Hop off at the Goose Market, a lively Christmas market, and try the popular delicacy of roasted goose, seasoned and cooked to perfection.
  • The buses are wheelchair pram/stroller accessible.
  • Note that during special events, construction, or other incidents the services and timetable are subject to change.
  • Pets and guide dogs are allowed.

Harbor cruise

  • Tip: Engage with the onboard skipper for live German commentary, providing vivid and up-to-date insights into Hamburg's port during the cruise.
  • Note: If you want to cruise through the Speicherstadt, you should opt for the barge as the bridges in the Speicherstadt region are too low for the large passenger ships to get through.
  • Transportation of wheelchairs is only possible on a large passenger ship. Make sure you inform in advance in case of any requirement.
  • The passenger ships MS RIVER STAR and MS HAMBURG as well as the paddle wheeler MS LOUISIANA STAR can be accessed barrier-free via a gangway and have corresponding sanitary facilities. Due to the conditions on-site, no information can be provided in advance regarding the exact time the above ships are used in the harbor cruise (no fixed departure times).
  • The luxury barges, as well as the traditional barge, can not be accessed barrier-free.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo: Hamburg Harbor Cruise + Elbphilharmonie German Guided Tour Tickets

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  • Enter the impressive Elbphilharmonie and soak in the maritime flair of the port of Hamburg on a 1-hour harbor cruise with this money-saving combo ticket.
  • An expert German-speaking tour guide will take you through the marvelous Elbphilharmonie, giving you further insight into this gigantic and time-consuming building project.
  • Ride the longest curved escalator to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza, giving you a bird's eye view of the sprawling harbor.
  • Set sail on an exciting 1-hour Hamburg harbor cruise aboard either a traditional barge or a spacious salon ship. Your choice!
  • A skipper on board the cruise will provide live commentary in German, ensuring you gather a deeper understanding of your surroundings.

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Elbphilharmonie

  • 1-hour guided tour of the exterior and interior of the Elbphilharmonie
  • Certified German-speaking guide
  • Entry to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza
  • Tube to the Plaza

Hamburg Harbor Cruise

  • 1-hour harbor cruise
  • Live commentary in German

Exclusions

Elbphilharmonie

  • Tour of the Elbphilharmonie concert halls

Elbphilharmonie

  • Tip: Be sure to check out the other points of interest near Elbphilharmonie such as the Warehouse District Museum (Speicherstadtmuseum), Speicherstadt Coffee Roastery (Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei) and Miniatur Wunderland.
  • A passport or ID card is required.

Hamburg Harbor Cruise

  • Tip: Be sure to carry a camera with you as you will have a number of great photo opportunities.
  • Note: If you want to cruise through the Speicherstadt, you should opt for the barge as the bridges in the Speicherstadt region are too low for the large passenger ships to get through.
  • During low tides, the canals of the Speicherstadt district can not be used during the harbor tour.
  • Meet your guide at the U-Bahn station Baumwall, (exit direction Kehrwiederspitze/entrance Kehrwiederspitze).
  • Address: Baumwall (Elbphilharmonie), 20459 Hamburg, Germany.
  • This is located at the foot of the stairs in front of the “Back Shop” (kiosk) under the railway bridge.
  • Get Directions to the Meeting Point
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo (Save 16%): 1/2/3/4/5-Day Hamburg CARD + 1-Hour Harbor Cruise Tickets

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  • Discover the best of Hamburg with a combo pass that includes a Hamburg CARD and a 1-hour harbor cruise, offering great value for money.
  • Plan your trip with the Hamburg CARD, gaining access to 150+ attractions and discounts up to 50% on major sights like the Hamburg harbor cruises and more.
  • Travel with ease enjoying free use of public transport in Hamburg's AB zones, including trains, buses, subway, and harbor ferries.
  • Embark on a 1-hour harbor cruise, exploring the historic warehouse district of Speicherstadt and the modern Hafen City with live German commentary.
  • Witness monumental structures like the Elbphilharmonie, cruise past bustling container terminals and the Hamburg Fischmarkt from the river Elbe.

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Hamburg CARD

  • 1/2/3/4/5 days validity
  • 'Hamburg - Erleben & Sparen' app with all sights and discounts
  • Benefits of up to 50% discount on major attractions: Hamburg harbor cruises, archaeological museum & more.
  • Discounts at musicals & shows: Alma Hope’s Comedy House, Altona Theater, Hamburg State Opera & more.
  • Cruises: Alster Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Tour of Maritime Circle Line & more
  • Public Transport: free use of local public transport such as trains, buses, subway, and harbor ferries in the Hamburg AB zones including airports.
  • Get complete details here.

1-Hour Harbor Cruise

  • 1-hour harbor cruise
  • Live commentary (German only)
  • Free choice between passenger ship & barge during purchase
  • Audio guide in English

Hamburg CARD

  • Tip: Experience some of the city's vibrant music scene. The Hamburg CARD offers discounts to shows at Altona Theater and the Hamburg State Opera.
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  • Please note that the discounts are granted on-site directly by the provider.
  • You can only visit each attraction once with your chosen card.

1-Hour Harbor Cruise

  • Tip: Bring a pair of binoculars for a closer look at the buildings and ships during the cruise.
  • The passenger ships MS RIVER STAR and MS HAMBURG as well as the paddle wheeler MS LOUISIANA STAR can be accessed barrier-free via a gangway and have corresponding sanitary facilities. Due to the conditions on-site, no information can be provided in advance regarding the exact time the above ships are used in the harbor cruise (no fixed departure times).
  • The luxury barges, as well as the traditional barge, can not be accessed barrier-free.
  • Weapons and sharp objects are not allowed onboard the cruise.
  • Outside food is not allowed.
  • A passport/ID is required.
  • Note: If you want to cruise through the Speicherstadt, you should opt for the barge as the bridges in the Speicherstadt region are too low for the large passenger ships to get through.
  • Ensure you carry your passports or a valid ID card for proof.
  • Please note that all harbor cruises aboard little barges are subject to the tide.
  • The boats will have an open or closed glass roof depending on the weather conditions.
  • Transportation of wheelchairs is only possible on a large passenger ship. Make sure you inform in advance in case of any requirement.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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2-Hour Hamburg Canal and Hafencity Cruise

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  • We invite you on a 2-hour guided fleet ride to the largest warehouse district in the world, Speicherstadt.
  • On this tour, you will get to experience Hamburg in a whole new light and see how the warehouse district and the port area stand in stark contrast to Hamburg’s business district.
  • With live German commentary and an English audio guide, you can learn a whole lot about the fascinating history of Hamburg as you make your way around numerous bridges and also get to see the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall.
  • The warehouses of coffee, spices, and carpets against the contemporary face of Hamburg is truly a sight to behold.
  • Finally, to end your journey, you will take a small detour and witness the Pecking, a four-masted barque that was built way back in the early 1900s.

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  • Live commentary (German)
  • Audio guide (English)
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Enjoy a Cruise on the Hamburg Harbor

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. 

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Hamburg Harbor Cruise Tours

Hamburg Harbor Cruise Tours

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!

Hamburg Harbor Cruise Tours

Harbor Cruise & Elbphilharmonie Guided Tour

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. 

Hamburg Harbor Cruise Tours

XXL Tour Blankenese

Embark on the luxurious 2 hours cruise from St Pauli Landungsbrucken and pass through the port of Hamburg, the second-largest port in the world. The bustling Germans going about their lives and the informative running commentary form a splendid backdrop for the ride. The setting sun on the Hamburg skyline is a treat for the eyes.

The XXL Tour Blankenese starts from St Pauli Landungsbrucken and passes through the city's famous canals, the fishing villages of the Elbe, cable-styled Kohlbrand Bridge, and the riverside suburb of Blankenese. You can also admire the famous concert hall of Elbphilharmonie as the cruise returns to its starting point.

Hamburg Harbor Cruise Tours

Hamburg: 1hr Round Trip on Alster River

The Hamburg: 1 hour Round Trip on Aster River takes you on a marvelous sightseeing tour that passes through the city's main water spots. The Alster Fountain has preserved its historicity and serves as a landmark in Hamburg since 1987. You can also spot the U.S. Consulate General and Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten.

Get a deeper look into the pearl of the city center and listen to the English audio guides for an informative session on the history of the city's lake. Also, watch out for the Blue Mosque and Hotel Atlantic. The deep-blue waters and iconic sights will make your cruise an unforgettable experience.

Sites covered on Hamburg Harbor Cruise

Speicherstadt

Speicherstadt

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.

Hafen City

Hafen City

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. 

Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie

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.

The Köhlbrand Bridge

The Köhlbrand Bridge

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.  

Other Things to do in the Port of Hamburg

Cap San Diego Museum Hamburg

Cap San Diego Museum

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.

Reeperbahn Hamburg

Reeperbahn

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. 

Hamburg Dungeon

Hamburg Dungeon

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!

Hamburg Harbor Tour

Hamburg Fish Market

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. 

Plan Your Hamburg Harbor Cruise Experience

Getting There
Tips and Guidelines
Hamburg Harbor Cruise
How do I get to Hamburg Harbor?

You can get to Hamburg Harbor by bus, train, and subway.

Where is Hamburg Harbor located?

Hamburg Harbor is located along the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany. 

Can I take the bus to Hamburg Harbor?
  1. Yes, you can take bus number 112 and get down at  St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken to reach Hamburg Harbor. 
Can I get to Hamburg Harbor via ferry?

Yes, you can. Six ferry lines connect Hamburg Harbor to the Elbe river. All stop at Landungsbrücken. 

Hamburg Harbor Cruise
Do water levels affect the cruise routes on the Elbe?

Yes. During low tide, certain areas like the Speicherstadt district may not be accessible via boat.

Are there any rules and restrictions aboard the cruise boat?

Yes. The rules and restrictions to be kept in mind while cruising are:

  • If you wish to visit Speicherstadt, please make sure that you opt for the barge as the bridges in the Speicherstadt region are too low for the large passenger ships to get through
  • Only passenger ships are wheelchair accessible. In case you require one, please inform the authorities in advance
  • Please carry a valid ID proof
  • Weapons and sharp objects are not allowed inside
  • Outside food is not allowed abord the ship
Does my cruise boat have an open or closed glass roof?

Depending on the weather conditions, your boat will have an open or closed glass roof.

Hamburg Harbor Cruise FAQs

What public safety measures are in place aboard the cruise ship?

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.

Do I need separate tickets to enter the Elbphilharmonie?

Unless you opt for a combo tour, you need to purchase a separate ticket to enter the Elbphilharmonie.

Are the cruise ships wheelchair-accessible?

Yes. All the passenger ships are wheelchair accessible. However, please note that the barges are not.

Are guided tours of the Port of Hamburg available?

Your captain will regale you with tales of the port and point out all the major attractions as you pass them by.

Are audio guides available for Hamburg Harbor cruises?

Yes. Free audio guides are available on Hamburg Harbor cruises, allowing you to gain in-depth knowledge of the various attractions.