Elbphilharmonie

From its spectacular architecture to its world-class acoustics, Hamburg’s concert hall is a feast for the senses.

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Elbphilharmonie: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

1. 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 logs. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg: Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour

2. Hamburg: Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour

Enjoy the unique maritime flair and colorful crowds at the Port of Hamburg on this daily cruise that loops the docks. Thanks to your guide, learn about the history of the port and the city and take an exciting ride through the locks. Discover this gateway to the world up-close onboard a little ship, equally suited to a fleet. Find out just how huge the Port of Hamburg, the second-largest port in Europe, is. 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. You'll also learn about the sinful stretches and fish market, old cutters, and massive cruise and container ships.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

3. Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

Discover Hamburg on a harbor cruise and admire views of the warehouse district and HafenCity. See the city with the most bridges in Europe, with approximately 2,400 structures over water, canals, channels, and docks. Climb aboard the boat and discover the many different attractions and sights in the city, depending on the tides and the day's events. Explore the historical Speicherstadt (warehouse district) with its canals, the modern HafenCity, the numerous bridges over the Elbe River, busy locks and container terminals, the Köhlbrand Bridge, and much more. Along the way, learn more about the city, its history, the incoming and outgoing ships, and anything else that interests you. Sit back and admire the views of the city on the sun deck or in the air-conditioned lounge with large panoramic windows.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

4. 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 foundations and oak logs beautifully lit up. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the shining Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

5. Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

Discover Hamburg's Speicherstadt, HafenCity, and the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie on a guided walking tour. Learn about what these three iconic landmarks from your local guide, seeing them first-hand. 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 celebrities living in this part of the city, such as the Klitschko brothers and Helene Fischer.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

6. Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

Embark on a harbor cruise of Hamburg and listen closely to live German narration as you pass the Speicherstadt district, HafenCity, Köhlbrand Bridge, Elbe Philharmonic Hall, and more. See the most iconic of the city's 2,400 structures crossing over the waterways, canals, and harbor basin. Climb aboard the boat and explore the various attractions of the city, depending on the tide and the time of day. 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. 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, and the Köhlbrand Bridge. Finally, finish your tour and disembark at the departure point.

Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

7. Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

See Hamburg's exciting new architectural and cultural landmark, the Elbphilarmonie on a guided walking tour, excluding its concert halls. Then see Hamburg from a different perspective on a boat cruise in the harbor. Enjoy a guided tour of Hamburg's new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie. Learn from your guide about this impressive building. Begin with a tour around the building before riding the world's longest escalator. Then admire great views of Hamburg and the harbor from the Plaza, with interesting commentary from your tour guide. Also included in this tour is an approximately 1-hour harbor boat tour. Travel close to the enormous containerships and admire the Elbphilharmonie from the water. Photograph the building from this unique perspective. If the water level is sufficient, you will also travel through the canals of the Speicherstadt – the Hamburg Warehouse District. The jetty is close to the Elbphilharmonie. Depending on your booked time, you can either visit the Elbphilharmonie first and then take the harbor tour at 11:00, or go on the harbor tour first and then visit the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg: Hanseatic Guided Boat Tour

8. Hamburg: Hanseatic Guided Boat Tour

Admire the most beautiful side of Hamburg's harbor during a relaxing boat cruise. Starting in the famous warehouse district, or Speicherstadt, journey up the Elbe River and into the harbor with its world-famous attractions. Explore the harbor basins and quays, while observing the current ocean-going ships. See other famous sites of the harbor, including the St. Pauli landing bridges, the Blohm and Voss shipyard. Continue by the Tollerort container terminal, the cruise center in HafenCity, the large and small museum ships, and the new Hafen City itself. Learn more about the history of the harbor, and its development throughout the decades to the present day.

Hamburg: 2-Hour City Cruise to Blankenese

9. Hamburg: 2-Hour City Cruise to Blankenese

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise through the harbor of Hamburg. Explore the industrial side and see the highlights as you make your way to Blankenese. Admire one of the richest and most lavish areas in Hamburg from the boat and spot its impressive architecture. Furthermore, you will see the Airbus plant, where all planes are built, the container terminals and the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

10. Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

Begin your guided sightseeing tour of Hamburg by boarding a wonderful yellow and red double-decker bus. You will then drive around the vast Alster Lakes, over the Jungfernstieg, and to the town hall on this hop-on-hop-off tour.  Along your journey, you will make 15 stops and have the chance to pause at each location, continuing on with a later bus if you wish. You will see many tourist attractions along the way, including St. Michel Church, the court of justice district, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Hafencity. You will also visit the fish market, St. Pauli Piers, and the beloved St. Georg district as your expert guide provides interesting facts and useful tips along the way. Weather permitting, the roof of the bus will be opened for fantastic city views.

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What people are saying about Elbphilharmonie

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 28,632 reviews

Was a super nice boat trip, it was very informative and also very personable and funny. Was a real cool speaker. You should only dress warmly. It also felt like the boat trip was a little different for each group, nothing was rattled off.

We really liked the bike trail. We saw a lot of Hamburg and learned interesting things. Our guide Manfred always made sure that everyone came along and answered our questions. We can definitely recommend the tour.

It was particularly exciting on Friday evening ))))) The guide's name was Gan (or Can) and he told it very interestingly!

Awesome! Great experience, won’t ever forget it. Hamburg is just beautiful and you ship crew was very funny

Really beautiful Tour and good fun listening to the tour guide