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Altona: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

    1. Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

    A visit to Hamburg without a tour through the harbor is almost unthinkable. No other city in Europe has more bridges than Hamburg, not even Venice. Approximately 2,400 structures cross over the waterways, canals, and harbor basin. Climb aboard the boat and explore the various attractions in the city, depending on the tide and the time of day. Admire the historical Speicherstadt (warehouse district) with its narrow waterways, the modern HafenCity, the numerous bridges over the Elbe River, busy locks and container terminals, the large Blohm and Voss shipyard, the Köhlbrand Bridge, and much more. Along the way, learn interesting facts about the city and its history as well as the incoming and outgoing ships. Simply sit back and enjoy the fantastic views from the water.

    It was very nice, i appreciated the option of having an English guide on a phone from the company. But the German guide from the speakers was extremely loud

  • Hamburg: Reeperbahn, Port, & Fish Market Morning Tour

    2. Hamburg: Reeperbahn, Port, & Fish Market Morning Tour

    Experience Hamburg at sunrise on this exciting tour to the fish market. Start at the Reeperbahn as that area dies down from the night, cross over to the colorful Spielbudenplatz and walk past Davidwache, a spot featured in various TV shows and movies. Proceed to the port and into the depths of the 100-year-old Elb Tunnel. Take a ride on the harbor ferry towards Finkenwerder, enjoying the fresh harbor air as you learn interesting facts about the Hamburg Harbor. Afterwards, walk along Großen Elbstraße, a street lined with gourmet restaurants as well as wholesale fish retailers. Stop at Schellfischposten, where the popular TV show “Inas Nacht” is filmed. Finally, wander the world-famous fish market. As your guide tells you interesting and entertaining stories about the Altona Fish Market, stroll through the alleyways and admire the fresh fish and other delicacies. Enjoy a coffee and typi...

  • St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour

    3. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour

    See Hamburg's most thriving nightspot, the Reeperbahn in the daytime. You’ll be taken by your guide on a trip spanning through earlier times all the way to the present. Your guide will lead the way and explain exactly what makes it the most entertaining street in Hamburg. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the party mile, hear tales about the nearby Davidwache police station – the most famous in Hamburg –, and stroll past the many theaters dotted around. Just around the corner from Davidwache, you’ll find the infamous Herbertstrasse street, where only men are permitted to walk. Hear how the street is linked to prostitution and crime like no other street in the country.

  • Hamburg: Private 2-Hour Guide Hire for Your Tour Bus

    4. Hamburg: Private 2-Hour Guide Hire for Your Tour Bus

    Hire a tour guide for your bus trip through Hamburg. Your guide will join your group in the city center or at your hotel, and then you can get on with the tour. See the many sides of the city center, or the impressive Köhlbrand Bridge and the harbor. You can make stops where you wish, so that you can take photos of Hamburg’s skyline, the Außenalster (Outer Lake), or the harbor. Discover interesting facts about the origin and history of the city at the respective locations. Admire the beautiful sights including St. Michael's Church, the fascinating Speicherstadt, and the modern HafenCity. Stop at HafenCity and the Altona Lookout to see the huge cruise ships and observe the cranes working in the harbor. Enjoy the view into the busy harbor from the Köhlbrand Bridge.

  • Hamburg: Altona Harbor & Food Tour

    5. Hamburg: Altona Harbor & Food Tour

    Start the tour in the heart of Altona where you will meet your guide. Stroll together along one of the oldest streets of Hamburg - the Große Bergstraße.

    Continue along boulevards until you get a wonderful view of the Elbe and the smell of the fishing port slowly rising to your noses. In between, enjoy a great mix of maritime delicacies and flavors from all over the world. Continue on to the neighbouring town of Ottensen, which were occupied by Danes for a long time. Your guide will tell you what this village-like district has to do with smuggling, ship's propellers and cigars and why the fight for women's rights was so prominent in this area.

    Fill your stomach with many local delicacies and conclude the tour fully satisfied.

  • Hamburg: Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour

    6. Hamburg: Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour

    Experience Hamburg's St. Pauli neighborhood! St. Pauli is not only the city’s red-light district - it is also a residential area known for its bars, cafés, and much more. Learn lots of interesting things, such as where the border used to lie between St. Pauli and the formerly Danish city of Altona. You will also find out why St. Pauli once had a king. Tour highlights include Herbertstrasse, the Silbersack Bar, and the Große Freiheit, where the Beatles performed when they were first starting out. You'll also visit nightclubs with desk phones, see an air-raid shelter, and view Herbertstrasse from the outside, since women aren't allowed to enter. Soak up the neighborhood's unique atmosphere! Explore St. Pauli's exceptional past and go to the places where Freddy Quinn was discovered, where the Beatles held their first concerts, and where Hildegard Knef fell off a bar stool. Find out wher...

    We ended up having a private tour since we were the only ones that booked that night, even though it was a Friday night. Our guide was incredible - she knew everything about everything and had knowledge and experience way more in depth than I ever expected coming into this, and she was absolutely hilarious to boot! She had recommendations for everything, never skipped a beat or a building of interest, and her stories she had of relevant previous experiences as a guide in this area were both incredibly informative beyond what you'd normally ever get to hear and incredibly interesting to listen to. Could not recommend this more. If you do only one tour in Hamburg, make it this one!!

  • Hamburg: Tour of Trendy Ottensen District (in German)

    7. Hamburg: Tour of Trendy Ottensen District (in German)

    Explore the trendy district of Ottensen on this tour of Hamburg and learn about its history and its transformation from an industrial workers' district to one of the city's most popular residential areas. Today, Ottensen is characterized by its colorful street life and lively cultural scene. See old factories like the Moth, the Factory or the Zeisehallen, which have been converted into cultural sites. Learn more about the controversy surrounding Altona’s apartment complex Neue Mitte (New Middle), and the discussion with the Jewish community about building the Mercardo department store over an old Jewish cemetery. Hear interesting stories about everyday life in old Ottensen, and let the day ring out in one of the district’s many pubs or restaurants.

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What people are saying about Altona

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,129 reviews

An absolute must for every tourist visiting Hamburg! A true highlight! The Landungsbrücken are easily accessible and there are numerous providers who also deposit regularly. Our tip is to take a small barge to drive through the small canals and under small bridges.

Great tour, although it would be great to have an English-speaking tour guide or at least get headphones to be able to listen to their English online-guide.

It was very informative and as Hamburgers we also learned a lot of news.

Super harbor tour, very informative and entertaining

Jutta was absolutely amazingly exciting and sweet.