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Hamburg cruises | Exploring Hamburg's maritime charm

Embark on an adventure through Hamburg's waterways with Hamburg Harbor Cruises! Discover the bustling heart of Germany's largest port city while soaking in its rich maritime history and vibrant atmosphere. Get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with scenic views and cultural insights. Choose between a traditional barge or a spacious passenger ship if you wish to travel in luxury. 

Read on to learn all about Hamburg cruise ticket options, what to expect, and all you need to know to plan the smoothest Hamburg cruise experience.

Navigate your Hamburg harbor cruise guide

  1. Why go on a Hamburg Cruise?
  2. Things to know before booking your Hamburg cruise
  3. Your Hamburg cruise options
  4. Find your best Hamburg cruise match here
  5. Your Hamburg harbor cruise boarding points: Where the adventure begins
  6. Barge or passenger ship – choose the right vessel for your Hamburg cruise
  7. Hamburg Harbor cruise map
  8. 5 easy steps to a smooth & stress-free boarding
  9. Plan your Hamburg harbor cruise
  10. Top sights to see on your Hamburg river cruise
  11. Things to do at the Hamburg Harbor: Go on an exciting Hamburg Harbor tour

Things to know before booking your Hamburg cruise

New to the Hamburg cruise scene? No need to fret! Here are some things to keep in mind that will help you in selecting the ideal adventure for yourself:

  • Hamburg Harbor offers various cruise durations. Go for the 1-hour Hamburg cruise for a quick overview of the harbor's charm or the 2-Hour Hamburg Harbor cruise to dive deeper into the heritage of Hamburg harbor. You also have the option to choose the Hamburg Harbor Cruise + Elbphilharmonie guided tour combo if you want to explore the interiors of the renowned Elbphilharmonie concert hall.
  • When it comes to exploring Hamburg's beautiful harbor, choosing the right vessel can make all the difference. Most of the Hamburg cruise tickets allow you to choose between a traditional barge or a passenger ship based on your preferences.
  • Opt for a barge cruise if you're eyeing a tour through the historic Speicherstadt. The bridges here are a bit low for the large passenger ships to wiggle through. Also, during low tides, the canals in the Speicherstadt district might not be accessible, so plan accordingly.
  • Barge ships are not suitable for wheelchair users. Wheelchairs and strollers are best accommodated on the larger passenger ship.
  • For clear views and warm weather, consider cruising during the day. However, if you want to witness Hamburg illuminated against the dark canvas of the night sky, don't miss the evening lights cruise. The 1.5-hour evening lights cruise is a great choice for an extended evening adventure. 
  • There's a cruise experience for every budget, with options starting from €17.60 for a 1-hour cruise to combo packages at €45.
  • Live German commentary on a Hamburg boat tour adds a local touch, but don't worry if your Deutsch is a bit rusty – there's an audio guide in multiple languages available for download.

Your Hamburg cruise options

Hamburg Harbor Cruise Tours
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If you want a comprehensive Hamburg experience

Go for: HOHO or Hamburg Card combo ticket
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Audio guide in English

  • Combine your Hamburg boat tour with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour for a full-day adventure and save 18% on this perfect combo.
  • Or combine your harbor cruise with the Hamburg CARD, offering multiple-day validity, up to 50% discounts on major attractions, free access to public transport, and more.

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Find your best Hamburg cruise match here

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1-Hour Hamburg Harbor Cruise
Will be mentioned on the final voucher
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10am - 5:15pm
2-Hour Hamburg Harbor Cruise
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, Brücke 1
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10:30am - 3:30pm
1 or 1.5-Hour Hamburg Evening Lights Cruise
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, Brücke 3
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6:30pm & 7pm
Combo (Save 18%): 1-Day Hamburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + 1-Hour Hamburg Harbor Cruise
Combo tour
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10am - 6pm
Combo: Hamburg Harbor Cruise + Elbphilharmonie German Guided Tour Tickets
Combo tour
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, Brücke 1
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11am, 1:30pm, & 3pm
Combo (Save 16%): 1/2/3/4/5-Day Hamburg CARD + 1-Hour Harbor Cruise Tickets
Combo tour
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, Brücke 1
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10:15am - 6pm
1.5-Hour Grand Harbor Evening Lights Cruise
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, Brücke 3
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6:30pm & 7pm

Barge or passenger ship – choose the right vessel for your Hamburg cruise

When it comes to exploring Hamburg's beautiful harbor, choosing the right Hamburg cruise ship can make all the difference. Here's a quick comparison between the barge and passenger ship options to help you decide which one suits your preferences:


  • Cozy setting: A barge provides an intimate atmosphere with rustic charm, perfect for those seeking a more personal cruise experience around the Hamburg harbor
  • Ideal for exploring Speicherstadt: Opt for a barge if you want to cruise through Speicherstadt, Hamburg's historic warehouse district, as the bridges in this region are too low for the large passenger ships to get through.
  • Dependent on tides: There's a little downside to choosing barges. All Hamburg cruises aboard little barges are subject to the tide. So, check the tides before you embark on your cruise adventure.

Passenger ship

  • Luxurious and spacious setting: If comfort and luxury are what you seek, then a passenger ship is the way to go. These larger vessels provide ample space to stretch out and relax as you take in the sights of Hamburg's bustling harbor.
  • Accessibility: Passenger ships are better equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers, making them a convenient option for families and individuals with mobility needs.
  • Higher price: While passenger cruise ships in Hamburg come with added comfort and amenities, it's worth noting that they typically come at a higher cost compared to the smaller barges.

For most of the Hamburg cruises, you'll get an option to choose the type of vessel before finalizing your purchase. This selection is crucial as it determines the specifics of your journey, from the size and amenities of the Hamburg cruise ship to the itinerary and overall atmosphere. Be sure to review the information provided about each ship type on the ticket before making your decision.

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Your Hamburg harbor cruise boarding points: Where the adventure begins

St. Pauli Landungsbrücken

Famous for: A variety of cafes and restaurants, gift shops, views of massive container and cruise ships, St. Pauli football club, and street performers.
Nearest subway: Landungsbrücken

Anleger Jungfernstieg

Famous for: Beautiful views of the Alster Lake, shopping centers, luxurious dining, bakeries, rooftop cafes, and charming Christmas market.
Nearest subway: Jungfernstieg

5 easy steps to a smooth & stress-free boarding

  1. Arrive early: Try to reach the boarding point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your cruise to avoid any delays.
  2. Arrive prepared: Make sure you have your essentials ready. A passport or ID card is required for boarding, so don't forget to bring yours along. 
  3. Find your boarding point: Once you arrive at the Hamburg harbor, locating your boarding point mentioned on your voucher is the first step. If you're unsure, don't hesitate to seek assistance from the friendly staff. They're there to help and will gladly point you in the right direction.
  4. Keep your voucher handy: Display your voucher on your mobile phone along with a valid photo ID at the boarding point, ensuring hassle-free embarkation onto your maritime adventure.
  5. Boarding begins: As the departure time approaches, keep on the lookout for your cue to board the vessel. Find your seat, settle in, and get ready to embark on your Hamburg Harbor adventure. 

Plan your Hamburg harbor cruise

Getting there
Best time to go on a cruise
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken

Getting there:

Anleger Jungfernstieg

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Best time to go on a hamburg cruise

Best time of day:

The best time of day for a Hamburg cruise largely depends on your preferences and what you hope to experience.:

  • Early morning Elbe cruises offer a peaceful time to soak in the beauty of Hamburg before the city awakens. 
  • Midday cruises are perfect for those who want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Hamburg harbor during peak hours. 
  • Evening Hamburg cruises offer a magical experience as the city lights up, creating a picturesque backdrop for a romantic evening cruise.

Best time of year:

The best time of the year to embark on a Hamburg boat tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather is mild, the skies are often clear, and the city comes alive with vibrant colors and events. 

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  • No weapons or sharp objects allowed: As with most public transportation and leisure activities, weapons and sharp objects are strictly prohibited onboard the cruise. 
  • Bring your ID: A valid passport or ID card is required for boarding your Hamburg cruise ship.
  • Leave outside food behind: While it might be tempting to pack a picnic for your cruise adventure, outside food is generally not permitted.
  • Pets and guide dogs: Some cruises welcome furry companions and guide dogs aboard, but it's always best to check in advance. However, keep in mind that not all cruise experiences are suitable for pets, so it's wise to plan accordingly.
  • Accessibility considerations: While many cruises strive to accommodate all passengers, including those with mobility challenges, it's important to note that some experiences may not be suitable for wheelchair users. Larger passenger cruise ships in Hamburg offer better accessibility options, including space for wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Glass roof protocols: Depending on the weather conditions, your boat will have an open or closed glass roof.
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  • Reserve your tickets online: Secure your spot by booking your Hamburg cruise tickets online in advance. Not only does this save you time, but you might also score some sweet deals or discounts.
  • Check your ticket voucher: Every cruise is a unique voyage, and your ticket voucher is your map to this maritime adventure. Take a moment to peruse the details: departure times, meeting points, and any other unique details. 
  • Carry your ID: Hamburg cruises require ID verification, especially if you've snagged a discounted ticket. It's a small detail that can save you from any unforeseen hiccups.
  • Dress comfortably: Even on sunny days, the breeze off the Hamburg river water can be brisk. Bring along a light jacket or sweater, just in case. 
  • Follow the guidelines: Listen to safety instructions and follow guidelines given by the crew. 
  • BYO headphones or grab some onsite: Many cruises offer insightful commentary in multiple languages, so it's always a good idea to bring your own headphones for optimal comfort. 
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  • Fischereihafen Restaurant: Enjoy caviar, oysters, and grilled seafood with a side of stunning harbor views at Fischereihafen Restaurant, located just a short distance away from St Pauli Landungsbrücken.
  • Blockbräu: Situated right on the waterfront, Blockbräu offers mouthwatering cuisine and breathtaking views of the Hamburg harbor. Indulge in hearty German fare accompanied by freshly brewed beer.
  • Störtebeker ElbphilharmonieFor a truly unforgettable dining experience, make your way to Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie, located within Hamburg's iconic Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Enjoy innovative cuisine crafted from locally sourced ingredients, all while enjoying panoramic views of the harbor and city skyline.

Things to do at the Hamburg Harbor: Go on an exciting Hamburg Harbor tour

Hamburg harbor is more than just a gateway for ships; it's a vibrant hub of activity and a pivotal part of the city's identity. Here, you'll find a boatload of exciting things to do (pun intended), whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or simply someone who loves to soak in the atmosphere of a bustling waterfront. Here are some of our favorite picks:

Hamburg Dungeon
Reeperbahn Hamburg

Relax at the beach clubs

Need a break from all the sightseeing? Head to one of the beach clubs along the riverbank and soak up the sun with a refreshing drink in hand. It's the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the laid-back vibe of Hamburg's waterfront.

Explore the Speicherstadt

Admire the red-brick buildings and picturesque canals of the Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don't forget to stop by Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model railway exhibition.

Hamburg Harbor Tour

Visit the 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 explore the stalls selling a wide variety of commodities. 

Cap San Diego Museum Hamburg

Visit Cap San Diego Museum

MS Cap San Diego was once a sprawling ship that carried cotton, coffee, and other essentials to Germany. It has now been transformed into a museum, making it the largest museum ship in the world.

Frequently asked questions about Hamburg cruises

What are the different types of Hamburg cruises?

Hamburg offers a variety of cruises catering to different tastes. There are sightseeing cruises to explore Hamburg's iconic landmarks and waterfront at your preferred time of the day, evening light cruises to witness the city illuminated under the night sky, and combo packages if you want to experience Hamburg both on land and water, blending sightseeing with cultural exploration.

How much do Hamburg cruises cost?

Prices for Hamburg cruises start from €17.60 and may vary based on inclusions and features such as onboard amenities or combo tours.

Are guided tours of the Port of Hamburg available?

Your German-speaking captain will regale you with tales of the Port of Hamburg and point out all the major attractions as you pass them by on your Hamburg cruise.

What can I see on a Hamburg cruise?

Hamburg cruises offer breathtaking views of the city's iconic landmarks like the Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt (the historic warehouse district), HafenCity, and the impressive container ship terminals. You'll also catch sight of the bustling activity along the Elbe River and witness the maritime charm that defines Hamburg.

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 audio guides available for Hamburg Harbor cruises?

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

What are the best times to go on a Hamburg cruise?

The best time of the year to embark on a Hamburg cruise is usually during the spring and autumn months when the weather is quite pleasant. The best time of the day to go on a cruise depends on your preferences and the type of experience you wish to have.

How long are typical Hamburg Elbe cruises?

Hamburg cruises usually last between 1 to 2.5 hours, offering ample time to soak in the sights and sounds of the Port of Hamburg.

Are Hamburg cruises wheelchair accessible?

Yes, some cruises are wheelchair accessible while others are not. Please note that larger passenger cruise ships in Hamburg can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers, while barges can not. So please choose your preferred ship accordingly.

What are the Hamburg cruise timings?

Cruises are available throughout the year, with timings starting from 6 am onwards. However, specific timings may vary depending on the type of cruise and experience selected.

What is the cancellation policy for Hamburg cruise tickets?

Cancellation policies vary depending on the chosen experience. Some cruises allow cancellations up to 24 hours in advance with a refund, while others may have different policies. It's advisable to check the cancellation policy when booking your tickets.

Are Hamburg cruises suitable for children?

Absolutely! Hamburg cruises are family-friendly, providing an enjoyable experience for both adults and children. If you are carrying a stroller, then please note that choosing a passenger ship will be the ideal option as they can accommodate strollers, while barges can not.

Where do Hamburg cruises depart from?

Hamburg cruises typically depart from either St. Pauli Landungsbrücken Brücke 1 or Brücke 3. These locations offer convenient access to the heart of Hamburg's harbor district, ensuring you start your journey with ease.