Welcome to Hamburg


Port City Vibe

Hamburg's historic label, ‘The gateway to the world’, might be a bold claim, but Germany’s second-largest city and biggest port has never been shy. A leading light in the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages, Hamburg became a centre of international trade, a legacy that continues today: it remains one of Germany's wealthiest cities and Hamburg’s maritime spirit still infuses the entire city. It's the sort of city where echoes of the city's port and history are everywhere, from the incessant cry of gulls overhead to the vibrant neighbourhoods awash with multicultural eateries, seaward-facing architecture and the gloriously seedy Reeperbahn red-light district.

A Musical City

There was one consolation for locals when the city's authorities decided to blow the municipal budget: at least it was done for a new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie. Hamburg's musical pedigree is staggering: Gustav Mahler once directed the city's 330-year-old state opera, while both Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn were born here. But it's not just about classical music. Hamburg also has very modern and rather raucous melodic soundtrack, not mention a compelling story. The city nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and music festivals litter the calendar, while the dynamic live music scene just keeps getting better.

Icons of Architecture

The Elbphilharmonie is an extraordinary structure, dominating the skyline and capturing in glass and brick the essence of Hamburg's polyglot soul. This striking icon of the city has elevated architecture to the centre of public debate and awareness, and it's just the most famous of a rather exciting collection. Office towers that appear as if they are dancing and buildings that from afar look like ocean liners share the streets with half-timbered relics of the medieval city. And only in Hamburg would they think of preserving a former WWII bunker and turning it into a nightclub.

The Good Things in Life

The good people of Hamburg really know how to live. For a start, they've mastered the ingredients of culinary diversity: elevate your local specialties to the level of an obsession and treasure them, even as you remain open to all manner of gastronomic trends. The result is culinary excellence on multiple fronts. So, too, for nightlife: Hamburg is full to bursting with classy cocktail bars, dance-all-night clubs and neighbourhood bars and pubs that both reflect each neighbourhood's identity and define it. So successful are they that it's almost impossible to come to Hamburg and not have a really good time.


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$21.46 Tours & Sightseeing

Hamburg Hop-on Hop-off Tour - Red Double Decker

Set your own itinerary and explore Hamburg at your own pace. The hop-on hop-off bus tour allows you to simply hop off at the stop you want and return to any stop to continue your tour! Board one of the red double-decker buses at the St Pauli port landing piers or at the main station, and begin your sightseeing adventure, hopping off at Town Hall Square, the Reeperbahn or at any other stop on the route. Your ticket is valid for the whole day.To get another perspective of Hamburg upgrade your ticket with a one-hour harbor sightseeing cruise with English or German commentary. The boat leaves from the landing piers of the Hamburg port. Cruise along Hamburg's impressive container ship terminals and the picturesque warehouse district in the heart of town to Hamburg's Harbor City, one of Europe's biggest urban development projects with the new concert hall, Elbphilharmonie, built on the roof of a storehouse. Sit back and relax while you enjoy these architectural highlights of Hamburg. See the Itinerary section below for a list of hop-on hop-off tour stops.

$47.56 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Hamburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Lake Alster Cruise

Set your own itinerary and explore Hamburg at your own pace. The hop-on hop-off bus tour allows you to simply hop off at the stop you want and return to any stop to continue your tour! Board one of the red double-decker buses at any of the available stops, and begin your sightseeing adventure, hopping off at Town Hall Square, the main train station or at any other stop on the route. Your hop-on hop-off ticket is valid for one day.Then, get another perspective of Hamburg on your included one-hour harbor sightseeing cruise with English commentary April to October only). The boat leaves daily from the landing piers of the Hamburg port. Cruise along Hamburg's picturesque warehouse district to Hamburg's Harbor City, one of Europe's biggest urban development projects with the new concert hall, Elbphilharmonie, built on the roof of a storehouse. Sit back and relax while you enjoy these architectural highlights of Hamburg.When you’re back on land, head out on another sightseeing cruise! Your included one-hour Lake Alster cruise leaves from the Jungfernstieg Passage in central Hamburg, only a short walk from Town Hall Square. The boat will take you along the shoreline of Hamburg's inner-city lake, lined with impressive villas and beautiful garden areas. Multi-lingual audio commentary is available on board (English, French, Spanish).Enjoy a traditional cup of tea (included) at the teashop in the heritage-listed Krameramt district, an area of former merchants' homes built in the 17th century (hop-on hop-off stop is St Michael Church).Your sightseeing tickets are valid for three consecutive days, but you can take each tour only once.See the Itinerary section below for a full list of hop-on hop-off tour stops.

$230.84 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Small-Group Hamburg City Tour with a Luxury Vehicle

Enjoy a hassle free tour of city of Hamburg only with 4 people on a luxury vehicle. Your private driver will ensure you a comfortable journey and will provide you a door to door service. Hamburg city tour is the great way to see the famous sights and it includes many photo stops to explore the city. In the comfort of a luxury SUV we cover great distances across central Hamburg. You'll see the iconic views of Hamburg from your luxury vehicle which can take you to places no tour bus can ever go. From the tales of pirates and the Hanseatic League, to WWII air raids and the Great Fire of 1842, Hamburg has a unique character within Germany. As Europe’s second largest port, Hamburg has always been a magnet for adventurers and travelers from around the world, and its streets are still alive with history, drama, and wild, wild nights. Whether you are a day-tripper looking to get the most out of your short stay or visiting for a longer period of time and looking to get your bearings for further exploration, our private luxury tours are the best way of unlocking this magnificent city. Hamburg’s world famous red light district stretches on either side of the Reeperbahn, the charmingly kitsch backbone of the proudly alternative St. Pauli quarter. The tour will visit the little known or unknown places around Hamburg. Some of the highlights include: The Rathaus, the majestic Town HallThe AlsterKontorhousesAlter ElbtunnelThe harbor front, stretching from the Speicherstadt (historic warehouse complex) to Hafencity (Europe’s biggest inner-city development)Symphony HallSt Michael's Church: Hamburg´s iconic landmarkAltona fish market (Sundays only)Reeperbahn, with Beatles-SquareSt Petri  – Hamburg’s medieval churchChilehausTrostbrückeSt Nikolai Church –WWII ruinsDeichstrasse – origin of the Great Fire of 1842Binnenhafen – inner harborThe Port of HamburgLandungsbrücken landing stagesGermany’s biggest red light district: Herbertstraße & Große FreiheitDavidwache police station

$30.16 Walking & Biking Tours

Guided Hamburg City Bike Tour

Your guided 3.5-hour bike tour starts at in the district of St. Pauli. After a stop at Heiligengeistfeld, including its massive bunker from WWII and the football stadium of FC St. Pauli, you will continue towards Alster Lakes in the city center. Cycle along the Jungfernstieg, stop at the town hall as well as in the warehouse district, Speicherstadt, from the 19th century. Next, you will get to Hamburg's youngest district HafenCity, including Hamburg's youngest sight, the concert house Elbphilharmonie. Coming back, the tour stops at a city landmark, St. Michael's Church, before going back into St. Pauli with the last stops above the landing bridges and near the Red Light District along the Reeperbahn.

$12.18 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Hamburg Card

Today, as a key commercial hub, an international harbor and a media and cultural center, the metropolis on the Elbe River with its one million inhabitants is once again pursuing ancient traditions with typically Hanseatic aplomb. This comes as no surprise: Germany's second largest city offers a high quality of life and international flair. In Hamburg, the word "boredom" is unknown. SAVE MONEY WITH THE HAMBURG CARD OFFERING: Free travel on public transport (HVV) in the Greater Hamburg AreaDiscounts on last minute tickets at 16 theatersUp to 50% discounts at more than 150 places of interest such as sightseeing tours, harbour and Alster lake cruises20% discounts in restaurant20% discount from selected shopping partners, on parking tickets and souvenirsHamburg guide, free information brochure and city map

$14.08 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Hamburg Airport

With this private transfer service, your professional and friendly driver will pick you up at your Hamburg hotel and take you on the approximate 20- to 40-minute drive (depending on traffic) from the city to Hamburg Airport. When making a booking, you must provide your flight details and your accommodation details.Price is per person, based on 7 adults per car/vehicle.