See the model railway and miniature buildings and landscapes of Hamburg’s "Miniatur Wunderland" and discover the largest model railway in the world.…
Enjoy an evening journey from the illuminated Speicherstadt and travel through the Hamburg port. Take a look at the HafenCity, the Elbe Philharmonic…
On this tour, experience the unique maritime flair of the Port of Hamburg. Discover the many facets and impressive dimensions of the port and learn…
Take a HafenCity culinary tour and visit the Elbphilharmonie and Speicherstadt. Savor tasty international appetizers in up to 5 great restaurants.
Discover the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie on this tour of Hamburg and profit from the knowledge of an expert guide. Stroll through the historic…
Visit the new landmark attraction of Hamburg and get a beautiful view of the harbor from the Elbphilharmonie Plaza on a guided walking tour of this…
Experience an exciting 1-hour harbor cruise in Hamburg and explore the city from the water. See the warehouse district, the HafenCity, the numerous…
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Top sights in Hamburg
HafenCity is one of the most exciting urban projects in Europe. As envisioned in the master plan of 2000, Hamburg's old warehouse district is transforming into a vibrant area featuring fascinating architecture and brimming with restaurants, bars and museums.
Ten floors tall, the gorgeous Kaispeicher B is Hamburg's oldest warehouse and home to the International Maritime Museum, offering insight into the city's rich shipping history.
This 13-meter-tall tower was purposely built as a viewing platform. Climb to the top for a beautiful view of the entire HafenCity, with information on the current developments.
Perfect for a picturesque break, the Magellan Terraces is a futuristic park on the waterfront. In the summer, it's regularly host to outdoor events and concerts.
Don't let its dry-sounding name throw you off. The German Customs Museum is actually a thrilling experience, charting Hamburg's long and wild history of illegal smuggling.
Though still under construction, this modernist concert hall built atop an old warehouse, designed by world-famous architects Herzog & de Meuron, is a wonder to behold.
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.
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.
- 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!
What people are saying about HafenCity
Firstly, There was no map, which shows, how would the trip look like. I expected that the boat goes through the city also, through canals like in Venezia. Secondly, there was a problem with the orientation in the harbour, because, the boat wasn't marked, that this is the boat for this type of trip. When we have asked the staff for information, they, told us there are two different boats and their boat is full for now and we can choose the bigger one. That information was misleading, however, in the advertisement wasn't that type of information. So we ran to another one, which was somewhere else, and we again were looking for it. Next, I would like to mention, that the sentence: "please, be there a little bit earlier, so you can catch the seating next to the window, so you can have a nice view during a trip because the cruise used to be full/sold out" in the advertisement would be useful.
The staff was friendly and helpful, and the tour was as described in the ads. There were toilets on the boat, which was quite convenient. The English-speaking tour guide was a German man with a German accent, not a native speaker of English. His English was reasonably good. The loudspeaker was a loudspeaker, meaning it had a bit of static or distortion, although it wasn't bad as loudspeakers go. The combination made the narration a bit difficult for some people in our group to understand. I didn't have trouble with it, but I have a lot of experience with German accents. Still, having a tour in English was very nice.
I rushed to get to the appointed time, even paid a taxi, but the boat was already full (even though I got 10-15 minutes earlier). There was no option for an English tour, a bit dissapointing, but once you set your mind to enjoy it and leave the german words of the guide to your imagination then it is an alright tour.
Fabulous tour of the canals and port. A rare opportunity to see the port working. The highlight of our quick trip through Hamburg. The live guide is in german so we did not understand but unlike most tours you could hear him clearly from outside. We were given a guide pamphlet in english. Highly recommended.
The boat was clean and comfortable. The guide was knowledgeable and fun. The food and drink were good. Unfortunately the sound system is pretty bad and unless the guide was right next to me, I couldn’t understand much of anything he was saying. When we could hear him, though, it was wonderful!