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Hamburg: Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

1. Hamburg: Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

Embark on a roundtrip evening cruise from the historical and romantically-illuminated Speicherstadt through the Hamburg harbor's sea of light. Enjoy a boat tour through the Speicherstadt canals and discover the highlights of Hamburg from the water. Learn about 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 Hanseatic city. See the HafenCity University, the Marco Polo Tower, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, and the panorama of the district.  Catch a breathtaking view of 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 witness the activity around the container terminals.

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Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

2. Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

Visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza with a guide, and learn some exciting background information about this spectacular building as you discover both its outside and inside. After meeting your guide, find out 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. While there, hear about the music that is played inside as your guide gifts you with more tidbits about this striking modern structure.

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Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

3. 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.

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Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

4. Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

Experience a tour of the port on your visit to the Hanseatic city. No other city in Europe has more bridges than Hamburg, not even Venice. There are approximately 2,400 structures over water, canals, channels, and docks in the Hanseatic city. 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 you will 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.

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Priority Entrance: Miniatur Wunderland inc. Booking Fee

5. Priority Entrance: Miniatur Wunderland inc. Booking Fee

The Miniatur Wunderland has been constantly growing since the year 2001. Having started with two layout areas, Harz and Southern Germany, the Wunderland has opened the seventh area, Switzerland, in November 2007. More layout areas were opened in 2014. The Miniatur Wunderland is without doubt a wonder, not only because of its landscape and surface area, but also due to the technology that underpins the exhibit.  Gerrit Braun and the model-making team have pushed the limits of model construction, with a large part of the exhibit custom-designed and built. It was not possible to use only ‘off-the-shelf’ parts and electronics, primarily because such components are not meant for continuous operation. Additionally, there is a lack of a large parts-base to support the scale of 1:87.  Thus, for example, most of the 150 push-button action sequences are custom-created, as are the Car and Ship Navigation systems.   There are also open-to-view workshops and construction areas in Miniatur Wunderland. This means that you can actually see modelers and technicians work on new parts, observe how landscapes emerge and better understand how much effort is put into these outstanding exhibits.

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Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

6. 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.

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Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Walking Tour

7. Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Walking Tour

With a friendly and informative guide, dive into the world of the Port of Hamburg. This tour takes you on a discovery of Hamburg’s maritime highlights. Witness many of the city's most architecturally stunning landmarks including the Elbphilharmonie and other historically important locations on this fun and informative tour. Wander to the Speicherstadt (warehouse district) and discover interesting facts about its origin and how it is used today. The Speicherstadt achieved worldwide recognition in the 19th century as a trading center, with spices, coffee, and oriental carpets as some of the most important products. Many interesting museums are located here, such as the Speicherstadt Museum and the Spice Museum, as well as the Miniatur Wunderland and the Hamburg Dungeon. Stroll through the modern HafenCity, Hamburg’s newest and most contemporary district. Explore how Hafencity is a project of urban regeneration and learn about its architecture from a unique perspective.

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Hamburg: Harbor Cruise with Wine and Cheese

8. Hamburg: Harbor Cruise with Wine and Cheese

Sit back and take in the beautiful Hamburg sunset during this wine and cheese harbor cruise. Relax in the calm atmosphere aboard the comfortable ship, with limited capacities to make it the perfect romantic sunset experience for you and your other half. A dedicated server will ensure that you enjoy delicious white or red wine and a variety of locally-sourced cheese. Dine open air in warmer weather or feel cozy and warm in the heated salon during winter.   Cruise through Hamburg Harbor as your live tour guide points out picturesque monuments and teaches you about the history of this Hanseatic city. Learn all about the port facilities, shipyards, docks, container terminals, cruise ships, St. Michael's Church, the Elbphilharmonie, the new district of HafenCity and parts of the historical Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Speicherstadt: Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry Ticket

9. Speicherstadt: Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry Ticket

Explore 2 of Hamburg's more famous areas during a guided walking tour of the former warehouse district, Speicherstadt, and the modern HafenCity. Best of all, gain access to the famous Elbphilharmonie. Hear all about why the warehouse district was built in the 1800s and how it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Compare what you see in front of you with your guide’s historical photos to get a feel of what it was like in times gone by. After your guide drops you at the Plaza and introduces you to the Elbphilharmonie, enter the exquisite building by the water. Discover the building's interior and get up close with its modern glass architecture. Plus, don’t miss the breathtaking views over the harbor and HafenCity.

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Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Family Ticket

10. Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Family Ticket

Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Hamburg to explore the city’s highlights with a family ticket, valid all day long for up to 2 adults and 3 children aged 6 to 14. Hop on and off wherever you want to discover all the sights. Make multiple stops and create your own itinerary for a perfect day of sightseeing. Stop to learn more about the exciting history of the Speicherstadt or visit the Miniatur Wunderland model railway. Visit the famous Reeperbahn, climb the beloved St. Michaelis Church to admire Hamburg from above, or browse the shops along Jungfernstieg. With this family ticket you can experience it all. Bus stops: 1: Kirchenallee/Main station 2: Marco Polo Terraces/HafenCity 3: Kehrwiederspitze (Historic warehouse district) 4: The piers of St. Pauli 5: Reeperbahn 6: St. Pauli Piers/S railway station 7: St. Michaelis Church (Michel) 8: Rathaus/Reesendamm - opposite the town hall 9: Goose Market 10: Town hall/Reesendamm 11: Gerhardt Hauptmann Square 12: Kirchenallee/Main station, east side 13: Wooden dam/Hotel Atlantic 14: Beautiful view/Outer Alster 15: Hotel Alsterperle

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What people are saying about HafenCity

The tour is very well planned and passes many sights and places of interest. Unfortunately, there were a lot of demos on our weekend so that the tour could not be driven as planned. The changes made by the driver did not affect the quality of the tour. Recommended !!!

We even drove longer than the announced 90 minutes because we made a detour to a particularly large container ship. Explanations from the guide were good.

It was sooo beautiful, through the Speicherstadt, the port, the container port, through the locks, past the largest container ship in the world

You can see a lot of Hamburg in a short time by bus. The "travel guides" make a great tour.

Der Kapitän war fantastisch! Schöne gesuchten und war auch ein Humorist!