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5 reasons boat tours may be the best Hamburg attractions

Hamburg has quite a few bodies of water that run through and around it. Whether you take a boat ride on the rivers Elbe or Alster or you choose to tour Hamburg's famous harbor, there is no better place for a boat cruise than Hamburg!

See a new side of the city!

See a new side of the city!

Take a boat tour on the river and enjoy being on the water that flows through Hamburg. See the city from a whole different perspective.

Enjoy a romantic sunset boat ride.

Enjoy a romantic sunset boat ride.

Sunsets are beautiful and even better by boat. Watch Hamburg twinkle as the sun makes its descent.

Fun for the whole family!

Fun for the whole family!

A Hamburg river cruise is the perfect activity for the whole family. From the newborn to the matriarch of the family, there is certainly something for everyone aboard a boat cruise.

A stress-free way to sightsee in Hamburg.

A stress-free way to sightsee in Hamburg.

By boat, you are free to simply take in the sights of Hamburg. No need to worry about your next destination, your captain's got it covered!

Go for an adventurous experience!

Go for an adventurous experience!

Taking a boat cruise can be exciting and refreshing. Feel the wind in your hair - or sails - and get in touch with nature while you visit Hamburg!

Planning Your Visit

What kind of boat tour should I choose?

If you're feeling spontaneous, go for one of the hop-on hop-off boat tours. When something on shore catches your eye, you can signal the captain and conveniently disembark. Other popular options include evening trips that let you see the city's architecture glow under starlight, and a historic boat tour that gives you lessons on Hamburg's heritage.

What people are saying about Hamburg

Not exactly, what I expected (not enough information provided before)

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.

Tour matched ad. Boat has toilets. Guide has accent, understandable.

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.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise Reviewed by Anonymous, 31/07/2019

Nice tour just a shame it was not available in English

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.

2-Hour Hamburg Port Tour: Maritime Flair Reviewed by Federico, 26/04/2019

Excellent...even without understanding the commentary

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.

Enjoyed the tour, but had difficulty heading.

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!

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise Reviewed by Aileen, 02/06/2019