Historical landmarks, vibrant festivities, and spectacular scenery can all be found in Hamburg, Germany. This charming city along the Elbe River has long been regarded as one of Europe’s top travel destinations. Many of the best attractions in Hamburg are easy to find and offer a full day of fun. You can find terrific deals on hotel stays, flights, and Hamburg tours on Expedia.com.…
Things to do in Hamburg
With the freedom to move at your own pace, you can choose to stroll through elegant streets, wander through the buzzing harbor district, drop by the city's renowned attractions, or amble through inviting neighborhoods. Listen to stories of Hamburg's past, and get recommendations for local places to dine or go shopping.
Route stops include the recently redeveloped Speicherstadt, known for trendy cafes and designer boutiques, and the ever-busy promenade along Hamburg’s harbor. The infamous Reeperbahn in St. Pauli district, the impressive City Hall in delightful Altstadt (Old Town), and 395.4-acre (160-ha) Alster Lake are also accessible from key points along the loop. Read More close
Meet your guide, a renowned improvisation actor, at Hamburg City Hall and venture out on a humorous walking tour of the city center. Then select the tour route with your group and give your guide hints to inspire them to give new life to historical scenes. All the facts and ancient details are ad-libbed.
The improvised commentary grants insight into buildings closed to the public, revives historical scenes, and sheds light on Hamburg's political intrigue. Take advantage of provoking your guide to perform amusing acts and enjoy this innovative way of discovering this Hanseatic city.
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1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass
Explore Hamburg on a double-decker bus that gives you unobstructed views of this historic city. Unlimited rides let you hop on and off at your leisure and visit all the attractions on your list. Hear anecdotes about Hamburg's past, present, and future, and get insider tips about where to shop, dine, or dance the night away. Stops include the hotspots such as Speicherstadt, Reeperbahn, City Hall, Alster Lake, and Landungsbrücken.
1-Hour Harbor Cruise
Soak up the atmosphere of this lively district as you peacefully glide along the Elbe River, which connects the city with the North Sea. Pass by luxury boats and observe nearby warehouse complexes and tankers resting in the country’s largest port. Hear engaging stories about how sea trade transformed Hamburg into a cosmopolitan city, the most affluent in the whole country.
1-Hour Alster Lake Cruise
A 395.4-acre (160-ha) lake edged by leafy stretches is the green heart of the metropolis. See the palatial homes of the rich and famous on the shores, and locals sailing by in the sun. Your ticket also entitles you to visit the historic Krameramt (“Grocer’s Apartments”) area, where you are invited to sip a complimentary cup of tea in a traditional shop.
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Meet your guide in St. Pauli and follow the tracks of the mop tops across the famous Red Light District. Your expert tour guide shares anecdotes about the band's 4 extended stays in the charming Hanseatic city and provides insight into the group's lineup, looks, songwriting skills, and musical talent.
The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Hamburg over a 2-year period starting in 1960. Stop at the Indra club where the band performed for the first time as The Beatles, see the Kaiserkeller where they met Ringo Starr, and discover Jäger-Passage where the famous Rock 'n' Roll Music cover originates from.
While you see the key sites, your guide performs tunes from the Fab Four's early days and plays the ukulele. The tour ends with a concert at the St. Pauli museum. Grab an Astra beer, take a seat, and sing along as your guide plays a handful of songs. Read More close
You hop aboard a double-decker bus and witness a beautiful city lit against the evening sky. A drive on storied boulevards ensures that you spot some of the most notable landmarks in the city, as your local guide shares intriguing anecdotes with you.
Arrive at idyllic Alster Lake, where locals come to escape the concrete jungle. Join a gentle cruise and sit back with a chilled glass of sparkling wine in your hand. At the large, leafy park of Planten un Blomen, you admire the delightful lights and sounds that accompany the misting spray of the water fountains.
Back on the bus, you observe the once-infamous Reeperbahn, a former red-light district that has become a vibrant and lively entertainment hub. Read More close
Get started in the St. Pauli quarter, where you meet your tour guide, and then head out to explore the streets of Hamburg on a thorough bike tour of its most famous landmarks. Ride around the picturesque Alster lakes, stop at the town hall, and see the 19th-century warehouses before continuing to the famous port area for a short coffee break.
Cover more ground by bike than you could on foot, with visits to the sites of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, St. Michael's Church, and the St. Pauli Landing Bridges. Explore the renowned red-light district around the Reeperbahn before you pedal back into St. Pauli, where your tour comes to an end. Read More close
The Port of Hamburg is also known as Germany’s Gateway to the World, as varied ships pass through here by the thousands on their way to all corners of the earth. This cruise gives an intriguing overview of the city’s maritime traditions and present commercial significance.
Watch the horizon change as vessels of all types jockey for position. Sail past shipbuilding wharfs and giant shipping containers, and admire the rejuvenated Speicherstadt, a trendy and vibrant neighborhood with plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars to keep visitors and locals alike busy. Read More close
After you arrive in the suburban community, hop on your bike to discover this popular destination and residential area for Hamburg's wealthy citizens. Cycle through picturesque lanes and admire the winding stairs and houses standing close together as you listen to stories about the fishermen, pilots, and captains who live in this quarter.
Next, paddle to Baur's Park and get rewarded with a stunning view over the Elbe. After taking a downhill ride to the waterfront, cycle on one of the most charming bicycle trails along the river and the beach. Stop at Airbus, the fishery port, and the local fish market before you arrive in St. Pauli, where the tour ends.
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Your guide meets you in St. Pauli, ready to share plenty of information about the city and Germany's biggest port. Next, head off for your tour of the HafenCity, a bustling district that was once part of Hamburg's historic free port, and pass St. Michael's Church and the stunning red-brick buildings of the Warehouse District on their timber-pile foundations.
Learn about the urban regeneration project that is transforming HafenCity before you cycle all the way to the beach along the waterfront opposite the city's port, with stops at the landing bridges, fish market, and fishery port. Along the way, there's time for a coffee break, questions, and photos.
At the end of the tour, enjoy unique panoramic views of the Elbe and the harbor from the Altona Balcony, part of the green belt along the river's northern shore. A ride back to St. Pauli brings your tour to a close. Read More close
Stroll through the exciting red-light district area and the infamous Reeperbahn, and visit 5 exclusive venues. Your professional party guide, a master of fun, is there to entertain you and to show you a mix of German bars, select clubs, and luxurious cocktail lounges.
With this 5-hour pub crawl, your night out in Hamburg quickly turns into an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a welcome drink at each venue and discounted drinks, with bartenders who serve at a fast pace to make sure your glass is never empty. Make sure you have your dancing shoes ready, and party the night away. Read More close
Travel along the noble Elbchaussee avenue, lined by elegant villas and leafy parks, all the way to the distinguished neighborhood of Blankenese. Your local guide leads you through the labyrinthine alleys that wind between its stately houses. Descend to the pier through the charming Staircase District and take a scenic ferry ride to the opposite shore.
Enchanting Hanseatic villages dot the landscape of Altes Land, an area comprised of reclaimed marshland that’s a top fruit-producing region. Enjoy magnificent views of Hamburg in the distance from Köhlbrand Bridge. You return to the city through the vibrant borough of HafenCity, past contemporary architecture with traditional wooden ships moored in its harbor. Read More close
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Hamburg City Center
Select this option for hotels located in Hamburg city center.
- Altona, Blankenese, City Center, Eimsbuettel, Eppendorf, Hamburg Airport
- Hamm, Hammerbrook, Harvestehude, Hohenfelde, Nienstedten
- Rotherbaum, Saint Georg, Saint Pauli, Sternschanze, Uhlenhorst
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Enter past the Dungeon’s oversized stone and wooden gate as you begin a journey based on real events from Hamburg's last 600 years. Walk into the circular Torture Chamber fitted with nowhere to hide from the sinister torturer and his menacing instruments. Next, try to find your way out of the Labyrinth. With its narrow passageways, disorienting mirrors and fog, and creepy noises, it's no easy task.
When (and if) you discover the right path, proceed to the Plague Hospital to learn how this terrible disease spread across the city as you try to dodge infected patients. Smell the burning wood and hear anguished screams while walking down the streets in a recreation the Great Fire of 1842.
If you dare, approach the scary Drop Dead ride. A crowd cheers as the executioner places the noose around your neck. After a nerve-wracking moment of anticipation, you plummet into complete darkness at 22 miles per hour (35 km/h), a thrilling conclusion to your afternoon at the Dungeon.
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A longtime refuge for vagabonds and outcasts, St. Pauli has cultivated a welcoming atmosphere, a legendary nightlife, and plenty of history to back it up. Your guide takes you through the "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll" of the town, showing you the St. Pauli football club, the red light district's core, which spreads out around Reeperbahn, and Hamburg's well-known Davidwache police station.
At Beatles-Platz, see where one of the most successful bands of all time cut their teeth, marvel at statues of each member, and learn how the area was a source of inspiration for years to come. After your walking tour, take the opportunity for a ferry ride around the harbor (at your own expense) to gain even more perspective on this illustrious city's infamous pocket. Read More close
Explore the city at your own pace by getting on and off at any of the tour's 28 stops. Your route include the century-old Speicherstadt, the world's largest contiguous warehouse complex, the city hall, Hamburg's harbor, the magnificent villas on the Alster lakes, St. Michael's Church, and the Reeperbahn, the city's infamous red-light district.
At the Hamburg Dungeon, relive some of the darkest chapters in the city's history. Visit 11 historical exhibits and 2 thrilling rides as live actors make the experience both entertaining and educational. Learn about the Plague, the Inquisition, and the bizarre tale of the famous privateer Klaus Störtebeker and his execution as you walk through the Dungeon. Read More close
The tour starts with a great view over the harbor area, where you can listen to stories about historic trading vessels like the Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego, which are moored as museum ships nearby. Head out to explore the old free trade area, with its smell of freshly roasted coffee and its tourist attractions like the Hamburg Dungeon, the Spice Museum, and the Speicherstadt Museum.
After a stop to visit the old boiler house, a former power plant that now holds a detailed model of the district, walk to the Elbphilharmonie, the new philharmonic hall built atop an old warehouse building. Explore the fine boulevards and shopping areas of HafenCity and end your tour with a breathtaking view of the harbor, where you might catch a glimpse of one of the cruise ships resting at anchor. Read More close