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HafenCity: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

    1. Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

    Visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza with your guide, with some exciting background about this spectacular building to accompany you along the way. Hear about the building’s original plans, plus its construction, completion challenges, and special features. Tour the outside of the building while learning about its façade and other external features. Then, travel on up the Tube — the longest escalator in the world. Glimpse its large panoramic window before arriving at the Plaza: an activity hub connecting the historical docks to the modern glass architecture. Take a moment to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Hamburg over the harbor and HafenCity from the Plaza. Hear about the music that is played inside as your guide gifts you with more tidbits about this striking modern structure.

  • Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

    2. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

    See Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions from a unique perspective, float past impressive container ships, and discover the historic Speicherstadt District aboard a 1.5-hour cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak lo...

    The Captain was too nice. He drove extra 20 min to show us more then it is planned. Best boat experience untill now. I do not remember his name but I think hes family comes from Turkey. He explained all the things that we saw and much more. Thank you. 5*

  • Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    3. Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    The Line A sightseeing tour leads you through Hamburg's highlights: along the Speicherstadt (warehouse city) and harbor city to the shopping areas of the town! Experience the wonderful villas in Harvestehude, the Outer Alster lake, the city hall, several museums, the famous Reeperbahn and the harbor. Your day ticket enables you to hop on and hop off at 20 bus stops. All Red Double Decker bus tours are fully escorted. A GPS steered audio system offers narration in 11 languages via headsets: English, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Portuguese. Lean back and enjoy the all-round view. In nice weather the bus goes open top!

    Good easy to find, Fr. Schmidt and her employees where absolutely friendly and helpful. Aa the 20 stops or the final get on-get-off time wasn't available on get your guide and not via telephone service, the best idea was to ask Frau Schmidt directly. Recommended sightseeing tour!

  • Hamburg: Evening Illumination Cruise through Harbor

    4. Hamburg: Evening Illumination Cruise through Harbor

    Experience a beautiful evening cruise from the historical and romantically-illuminated Speicherstadt through the sea of light that is the Hamburg harbor. Enjoy a great boat tour through the canals of the historic Speicherstadt and discover the highlights of Hamburg from the water. Listen to your expert live German commentator to hear the history behind this intriguing city. See the Zollkanal, Wasserschloss and the International Maritime Museum and cruise along the modern HafenCity, the newest district in the beautiful Hanseatic city. Take a look at the HafenCity University, the Marco Polo Tower, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the panorama of the district. Also have a breathtaking view of the St. Pauli Piers all the way to Überseebrücke with the museum ships Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego.   Sail through the port's sea of light again and be amazed by the activty around the container...

    Only in German. No english. Still a lovely experience. Would recommend. No Spierchetstadt cruise however. Do not think it can ever take place in the evening with such a big ship.

  • Hamburg: Evening Lights Cruise

    5. Hamburg: Evening Lights Cruise

    Hop aboard a city cruise to see Hamburg’s Speicherstadt and harbor twinkle in the evening light. Enjoy the city silhouette as you navigate the city’s canals and the Elbe. Your onboard guide will be on-hand to point out all its hidden nooks and crannies. Get to know Hamburg’s historical warehouse district located within the old port. Find out how Hamburg became such a powerful harbor city in times gone by as you cruise. Contrast the old city with the new port and container terminals as they’re all lit up at night. Even glimpse the Elbphilharmonie as an added bonus for your evening jaunt around Hamburg’s waters.

  • 2-Hour Hamburg Port Tour: Maritime Flair

    6. 2-Hour Hamburg Port Tour: Maritime Flair

    Enjoy the unique maritime flair and colorful crowds at the Port of Hamburg on this daily tour of the docks. Find out just how huge the Port of Hamburg is — the second-largest port in Europe. Hardly another city in the world is so tied to its port; Hamburg truly developed because of it. The most important sights and the skyline are inextricably linked to it. Experience the contrast between past and present, commerce and culture, the little fishing town along the Elbe and the state-of-the-art container complexes, sinful stretches and the fish market, old cutters, and massive cruise and container ships. Discover this gateway to the world up-close onboard a little ship, equally suited to a fleet.

    Hafen Rundfahrt war einfach super. Einzig die Tatsache, dass das Boot nicht von Steg 1 sondern von Steg 7 wegfährt war unangenehm. Wenn man relativ zeitnah kommt, wird das zeitlich doch knapp zum anderen Steg zu laufen

  • Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

    7. Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

    Meet near the Elbphilharmonie for this tour and see what this part of Hamburg has to offer. Your guide will wait for you with your tickets. Enter the building via the longest escalator in the world, the "Tube".

    Pass the panoramic window and get to the majestic Plaza. Ass you stroll through the building, learn what is so unique about this masterpiece and its concert hall. Get a deep insight into the background of the Elbphilharmonie, leaving no questions unanswered.

    Unfortunately, the concert halls can't be visited. After having seen the "Elphi", continue your tour outside to get to know more of Hamburg. Discover the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district and listen to the explanations of your guide.

    Then, cross over to the modern Hafencity and marvel at its futuristic buildings. There are many ce...

    This tour focused on architecture , town development and some history. It was maybe a little onesided. I expected to see more of the town on this walk.

  • Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

    8. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

    Admire Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions sparkling at night, marvel at the illuminated Speicherstadt District, and see impressive container ships up-close aboard a 1.5-hour evening cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your nighttime harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile fo...

    Hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht & hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt! War lustig und interessant gestaltet :)

  • Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

    9. 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: Harbor Cruise

    10. Hamburg: Harbor Cruise

    Explore one of the biggest and most significant ports in the world by boat. Lean back and enjoy the view of the passing landscape as you learn about the fascinating stories of Hamburg and its historic port. If the water levels allow it, you’ll go through the picturesque warehouse district or Speicherstadt, which is a recognized UNESCO world heritage site. Admire its narrow waterways and intricate canals. Discover the modern HafenCity quarter, a growing center of novel architecture and public spaces on the River Elbe. Sail past the Cruise Center, a modern terminal, and see Hamburg busy's container terminals and locks, Along the journey, hear entertaining stories and interesting facts about the city, its port, and the amazing number of incoming and outgoing vessels every day. Learn all about the importance of this bustling port, not just for the city of Hamburg but for the entire world'...

Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit

    As one of the HafenCity's greatest pleasures is simply walking around and admiring the incredible architecture and views across the water, it's best to visit on a sunny day. Considering Hamburg's famously capricious weather, your best bet is during the summer months.

  • How to get there

    It's very difficult to find a good parking spot at HafenCity, so you're better off with public transport. Just take the U-Bahn (subway) line U4 to either Überseequartier or HafenCity University stations and you'll find yourself in the heart of the HafenCity.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    As part of Hamburg, HafenCity is open all day, every day!
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to visit, but you'll want to set aside a budget for food and entertainment.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much to see, it's a great idea!
  • How to get there
    Take the U4 to the Überseequartier or HafenCity University station.
  • Additional information
    *HafenCity at night is a different world, so try to stick around after the sun goes down for a bit!

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What people are saying about HafenCity

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 20,435 reviews

We had a very nice boat tour with perfect weather and the opportunity to go to the Speicherstadt - this is not always possible because of the ebb and flow of the tide. Our guide / captain was very friendly and funny and gave us very informative facts about Hamburg and especially its port. All in all, the boat tour was great! She is definitely to be recommended and also helps day guests to find the best fish sandwiches in Hamburg.

The Captain was too nice. He drove extra 20 min to show us more then it is planned. Best boat experience untill now. I do not remember his name but I think hes family comes from Turkey. He explained all the things that we saw and much more. Thank you. 5*

The guide was very good. Made a show from the tour and did his best to let us see as much as possible.

Hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht & hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt! War lustig und interessant gestaltet :)

Great day thank you very much. Exellent guide and driver!!!!