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Hamburg: 1h Harbor Cruise Tour

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1-hour cruise
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Audioguide
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Flexible Tickets
Free Cancellation

A 1-hour cruise on Hamburg Harbour with choice of vessel and live bilingual commentary

  • Choose between a barge or a salon 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 seaport 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 free audio guides for additional context on the cruise. Download from Android or Apple play stores
  • Discounted tickets: Children aged 5 - 14 enjoy reduced prices on their tickets
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 24 hours before schedule
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Hamburg XXL 2h Cruise Tour

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2-hour cruise
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Audioguide
Instant Confirmation
Flexible Tickets
Free Cancellation

An extended cruise across Hamburg Harbour with your choice of vessel and live German commentary

  • 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 free audio guides for additional context on the cruise. Download from Android or Apple play stores
  • Discounted tickets: Children aged 5 - 14 enjoy reduced prices on their tickets
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 24 hours before schedule
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Hamburg Harbour Illumination Cruise Tour

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1-hour cruise
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Audioguide
Instant Confirmation
Flexible Tickets

A tour through Hamburg harbour in the evening with live German commentary

  • Board either a traditional barge or a salon ship and set sail on the river Elbe for a magical cruise through Hamburg harbour
  • 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
  • Fancy live German commentary on board and gain mighty insight into the culture and history of Hamburg city
  • Enjoy free audio guides for additional context on the cruise. Download from Android or Apple play stores
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 24 hours before schedule
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Hamburg Harbor Cruise & Elbphilharmonie Guided Tour

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Mobile Tickets
Free Cancellation
Guided Tour

A combo ticket with a delightful cruise across Hamburg harbor including a guided visit to Elbphilharmonie

  • 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 marvellous 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, ensuring you gather a deeper understanding of your surroundings
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule
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HafenCity 3-Hour Food Tour with Elbphilharmonie

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Duration: 3 Hrs
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Guided Tour
Includes Food
Free Cancellation

Explore Hamburg's best landmarks and indulge in its culinary diversity!

  • Your 3-hour tour begins with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Speicherstadt
  • Learn about how it used to be a warehouse complex back in the day, and why it retains its characteristic neo-gothic brick stones
  • Take the futuristic Tube, an elevator that lets you see stunning 360-degree views of Hamburg's harbor and the city
  • It will also lead you into the Elbphilharmonie Plaza, which you will explore along with your friendly German guide
  • Discover the Elbphilharmonie's long history, and its evolution into the concert hall that it is today
  • Round off your tour with visits to five select dining spots in the city, where you can enjoy tastings at each restaurant
  • After the tour, if you're up for it, you can visit the Störtebeker Taste & Shop, where you can recap your day over a nice, refreshing Störtebeker beer
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24h before the schedule
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Hamburg Harbor Cruises Restart Post COVID-19

With the COVID-19 restrictions relaxing across the world, Hamburg Harbor Cruises have resumed operations with strict adherence to safety protocols. Several measures have been set in place to ensure that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience during their Hamburg Harbor tour.

COVID-19 Safety Regulations on the Hamburg Harbor Cruises

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamburg Harbor tours have introduced a set of new rules and guidelines for a safe and enjoyable experience for all its visitors:

  • Face masks have been made mandatory for all passengers
  • Social distancing is to be maintained on the cruise at all times
  • The number of visitors on the cruise is limited to avoid crowds

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!

Harbor Cruise & Elbphilharmonie Guided Tour
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
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. 

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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.