Hamburg
River & Harbor Cruises

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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!

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

    3. 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.

    4. 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!

    5. 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.

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What people are saying about Hamburg

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,937 reviews

The tour was great! Yes, the commentary is in German (as described), and our guide was cracking a fair number of jokes which might be harder to understand for a less proficient speaker. However, most of the facts (size of port, number of containers etc) of the port should be easier to understand. You get a nice round through the river portion and industrial section of the harbor, and see huge container ships, shipyards, recycling stations, and dry docks. Definitely recommend the 2 hour tour instead of just 1 hour!

Decent boat with friendly employees! The captain is describing the sights and adjusts his commentary to the ships that currently lie in the harbour, this makes it a great experience! We got to see both the city of Hamburg as well as the impressive harbour at the other side of the river! Highly recommended!

Nice tour around the harbour including close encounters with the big container ships which was the most impressive part. Captain knew a lot about the history of the harbour and the current boats and ships in the harbour. The close pass-by with the Elbphilharmonie was also great.

It was well worth it. It's nice to see the Harbor and Hamburg from the water. The only problem was that we had a hard time understanding the Captain. Might need to look into a different speaker system.

A very special boattrip. So many sigjts to see in one hour. Impressive. One person to serve drinks for so many people was a drawback. we waited for a glass of water for one hour.