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Hamburg XXL 2h Cruise Tour

€33
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2 hr.
  • 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.

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.

Hamburg: 1h Harbor Cruise Tour

From €22€17.60
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Flexible Hours
  • Choose between a barge or a passenger ship and set sail on the river Elbe for an informative and exciting journey across the famous port of Hamburg.
  • With live commentary in German by a skipper on board, learn about all the largest seaports in all of 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 a free audio guide in English for additional context on the cruise. Download from Google Play Store or App Store

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • Boarding on the Barge
  • Boarding on the Passenger Ship
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Hamburg: 1hr Round Trip on Alster River

€18
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1 hr.
Audio Guide
  • Admire a spectacular panorama of Hamburg during this 1-hour boat trip.
  • Explore the pearl of the city center with this sightseeing tour on the water.
  • An oasis in the city's concrete jungle, the lake will give you the perfect opportunity to unwind.
  • You'll navigate past the Alster Fountain, a landmark of the German city since 1987.
  • With live commentary in German, you won't miss out on any renowned sights in the city.
  • Spot Hotel Atlantic (where Udo Lindenberg’s Panik-Zentrale is located), Blue Mosque, U. S. Consulate General, and Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten during your trip.
  • Tune in to the English audio guide for a brief narration about the significance of the lake in Hamburg.
  • Board your cruise at ATG Alster-Touristik GmbH.
  • Address: Anleger, Jungfernstieg, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. From here, head to Jungfernstieg, Pier 3 to board.
  • Get Directions to the Boarding Point
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Hamburg: Harbor Illumination Cruise Tour

€22
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1 hr.
  • Set sail on the river Elbe for a magical cruise through Hamburg Harbor, known as the "gateway to the world".
  • This evening tour of Hamburg will take you past illuminated landmarks, adding that extra sparkle to your journey.
  • Cruise past the historic warehouse district of Speicherstadt and the contemporary Hafen City where you can witness the Elbphilharmonie in all its glory.
  • Get a stunning view of the evening Hamburg skyline from a unique perspective.
  • Fancy live German commentary on board and gain mighty insight into the culture and history of Hamburg city.
  • Enjoy a free audio guide in English for additional context on the cruise. Download from Google Play Store or App Store
  • Redeem your ticket at St. Pauli Landing Stages Bridge 1 (in case you opt for the barges) and Bridges 4 (in case of passenger ships).
  • Please meet at the supplier's sales pavilion on the promenade, and not at the water's edge.
  • St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, Bridge 1 is located at the top of the promenade (pavilion) and St. Pauli Landunsgbrücken, Bridge 4, can be found directly below the water.
  • Get Directions to the Boarding Point
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

XXL Tour Blankenese

€33
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2 hr.
  • Embark on a 2-hour harbor cruise that will take you through the Port of Hamburg, known to be the second-largest port in all of Europe.
  • Lend an ear to engaging live German commentary as you see the quaint sights of the Hamburg skyline.
  • Set off from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken and make your way through the city’s iconic canals including the fishing villages of the Elbe, the riverside suburb of Blankenese, and the cable-styled Köhlbrand Bridge.
  • See the various cruise terminals and a container port of Köhlbrand Bridge.
  • Admire the iconic concert hall of Elbphilharmonie as the ship returns to the starting point.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Hamburg: Harbor Cruise & Elbphilharmonie Guided Tour on Saturdays

€29
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2 hr.
  • Experience the magic of the Elbphilharmonie as you visit this world-famous concert hall and also enjoy the beautiful river Elbe on a harbor cruise.
  • With a professional German guide, you'll learn all about the history and expert acoustic and architectural features of this concert hall.
  • Access the Plaza with its modern glass structure and take in panoramic views of the city and the scenic river at a height of 37 meters above ground level.
  • On your boat cruise, get the chance to explore the heart of the city from the waters. Get a glimpse of the bustling quayside and different sights unique to Hamburg.
  • The tour is conducted only in German.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Hamburg: Daily Harbor Cruise & Elbphilharmonie Guided Tour

€43
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2 hr. 30 min.
  • Witness the glassy and opalescent exterior of the impressive Elbphilharmonie and soak in the maritime flair of the port of Hamburg.
  • Ride the longest curved escalator, giving you a bird's eye view of the sprawling harbor.
  • 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.
  • After the guided tour, set sail on an exciting 1-hour Hamburg Harbour 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.
  • Note: Don't forget to carry your passport or ID card with you. Both tours are only in German.
  • 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.

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. 

Your Hamburg Harbor Cruise Tickets Explained

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. 

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
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.

What are the Covid-19 safety guidelines on the Hamburg cruises?

Visitors are required to wear a face mask (OP / FFP2 mask). No proof is required.

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.