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  • Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

    1. Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

    Visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza with your guide, with some exciting background about this spectacular building to accompany you along the way. Hear 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. Hear about the music that is played inside as your guide gifts you with more tidbits about this striking modern structure.

  • Hamburg: Guided Tour Elbphilharmonie excluding Concert Halls

    2. Hamburg: Guided Tour Elbphilharmonie excluding Concert Halls

    Visit the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and get some exciting background information about the spectacular concert hall–from the original idea and implementation, to its completion difficulties and special features. Tour outside the building and learn about the façade and its other exterior features. Then enter the Elbphilharmonie on the Tube, the longest escalator in the world. Pass the large panoramic window then reach the Plaza: the hub of all activity and the link between the historical quayside and the modern glass structure. At the Elbphilharmonie Plaza hear everything you need to know about the concert halls and the venues and facilities within the building. Take the outside gangway of the Plaza and circle the entire building, discovering views of Hamburg's sights from all directions.

    It was a very nice guide, who had a good loud voice and had many stories to tell about the creation and construction of the Elbphilharmonie. Although our location was next to a stand with a very loud music, the man had a very good voice.it was very exciting and entertaining and was fun.thank you very much

  • 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 lo...

    The Captain was too nice. He drove extra 20 min to show us more then it is planned. Best boat experience untill now. I do not remember his name but I think hes family comes from Turkey. He explained all the things that we saw and much more. Thank you. 5*

  • Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

    4. Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

    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 ce...

    This tour focused on architecture , town development and some history. It was maybe a little onesided. I expected to see more of the town on this walk.

  • Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

    5. 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 fo...

    Hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht & hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt! War lustig und interessant gestaltet :)

  • Elbphilharmonie Guided Tour: From a scandal to a wonder

    6. Elbphilharmonie Guided Tour: From a scandal to a wonder

    Visit the Elbphilharmonie and gain exciting background information about the new Hamburg landmark. Experience the lovingly named 'Elphi' up close with your professional city guide and enjoy the unique view from the Plaza after our tour. Admire the Elbphilharmonie from the quay before you enter on the longest escalator in Europe. Then take a moment to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Hamburg. Learn from your guide about the controversy surrounding the Elbphilharmonie project and hear exciting facts and insider information about the unique acoustics, the use of special materials, the construction costs and the price of an overnight stay in the building.

    The guide was nice who gave us a comprehensive overview of Elbphilharmonie, and told us Seth interesting about the city and history of Hamburg.

  • Hamburg: Outer Elbphilharmonie Walking Tour

    7. Hamburg: Outer Elbphilharmonie Walking Tour

    Enjoy this unique tour of the outer Elbphilharmonie. Learn all about the impressive building, its scandalous history, and hidden secrets during this insightful tour. Admire the Elbphilharmonie from the quay and learn from your guide about the controversy surrounding the Elbphilharmonie project and hear exciting facts and insider information about the unique acoustics, the use of special materials, and why it turned out to be such an expensive project. You'll also find out about the music that is played in the concert halls today, although you won’t enter the halls themselves. Take the opportunity to ask your expert guide any questions you may have surrounding the history of the building, its design, and the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Elbphilharmonie Highlights, Plaza & Surroundings

    8. Elbphilharmonie Highlights, Plaza & Surroundings

    Learn about the latest landmark of Hamburg on a guided tour of the Elbphilharmonie. Get answers to any questions you have about the stunning new building in the HafenCity quarter. Hear why it took so long to build and how much it cost. Start with a walk around the building to admire its façade and learn about the area's past and new architecture. Then, go to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza via the longest curved escalator in Europe and get interesting details about the building as you take in the views of the harbor. Listen to your guide as they share anecdotes about Hamburg and its new landmark and tell you about its unique acoustics.

  • Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

    9. Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

    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.

    Tolle Reiseleiter und gute Übersicht über den Hafen und über die Architektur / Ingenieurskunst / Organisation der Elbphilharmonie (leider nur) von aussen,

  • 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’ll 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’ll make 15 stops and have the chance to pause at each location, continuing on with a later bus if you wish. You’ll see many tourist attractions along the way, including St. Michel Church, the court of justice district, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Hafencity. You'll 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 19,641 reviews

The Captain was too nice. He drove extra 20 min to show us more then it is planned. Best boat experience untill now. I do not remember his name but I think hes family comes from Turkey. He explained all the things that we saw and much more. Thank you. 5*

The guide was very good. Made a show from the tour and did his best to let us see as much as possible.

Hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht & hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt! War lustig und interessant gestaltet :)

Competent and humorous leadership. ANJA is a very dedicated city guide

Very nice trip, entertaining, fun, very informative