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.…
Top 26 Things to do in Hamburg, Germany
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
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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Start your tour at the famous St. Michael's Church, where you can see the 17th-century Grocers' Apartments before strolling along the streets of the city center. Admire the houses and canals that line Deichstraße, Hamburg's oldest street, and imagine how the city looked during the days of the Hanseatic League and before the bombings of World War II.
Along the way, your guide explains the long and storied history of the city and buildings around you. Learn about the famous Hamburg swans, the city's rise to become one of the world's leading port cities, and the fire in 1842 that left the city hall in ruins for almost 50 years. Stories about the Hygieia fountain in the town hall's courtyard and the execution of famous pirate Klaus Störtebeker remind you of the city's long and incredible past.
Pay a visit to one of the city's newest landmarks, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, and see the city's oldest building at St. Nicholas Church. At HafenCity, you can get a look at one of Europe's most important urban renewal projects before your tour ends at the city hall. Read More close
Your journey begins at the Hamburg Airport, where you meet your pilot and climb aboard a comfortable helicopter that transports you high into the sky. Make your way toward downtown, where Germany’s second largest city awaits. Follow along the River Elbe, whose port is home to hundreds of ships coming and going every day.
Look out for City Hall’s turquoise roof, its clock tower looming above the adjacent square, and keep your eyes peeled for the 2 artificial lakes that sit in the middle of the city. Enjoy spectacular views of Hamburg’s extravagant buildings, where elegant facades line the waterways in nearly every direction. Read More close
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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
In addition to more than 20 attractions included in the pass, you can choose between 3 additional options—a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a visit to the Hamburg Dungeon, and a walking tour of St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn—and try out 1 option per day while your pass is valid.
- St. Michael's Church
- Church of St. Nicholas
- Original Hamburg Harbour Cruise
- Steamship cruise on Alster Lake
- Panoptikum Wax Museum at the Kiez St. Pauli
- Museum ship Rickmer Rickmers
- Holsten Brewing Experience with snack and tasting
- Historic Speicherstadt Museum
- Hamburg Museum
- St. Pauli Kiez Museum
- International Maritime Museum Hamburg Read More close
As you set out from the headland of Baumwall along the waterfront, check out the high-tech industry that moves heavy loads and millions of containers from sea to shore. Pass over the Köhlbrand Bridge, which covers a length of more than 2. 2 miles (3. 6 km), for spectacular views from one of the highest bridges in Germany.
Throughout the journey, your guide shares the story of the harbor, from its beginnings in the 9th century to the world-class port that exists today. See the terminals that host immense cruise liners and huge container ships, and learn some interesting details about how recycling and the protection of the environment work to keep the thriving industry in balance. Read More close
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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. Read More close
A former independent town, Blankenese is now a suburban quarter in western Hamburg with charming views along the river that have made for some highly desirable real estate. Walk on pedestrian-only streets past residences built along the steep hillsides, and let your guide describe the history that made the community a part of this modern metropolis.
In the Strandweg, you can see the historic Strand Hotel, originally built in 1902, as well as several cafes and restaurants. Stroll by 2 lighthouses, a Roman garden, and the doll museum, as well as many parks and 19th-century mansions along the walking trails, and enjoy the magnificent views of the Elbe. Read More close
Start at the venerable local landmark of St. Michael's Church and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Grocers' Apartments that frame the last of the 17th-century enclosed courtyards. Hear what life was like in the city 400 years ago as you admire the canals and old houses that line Deichstrasse, the oldest street in Hamburg.
Stop at the impressive Elbe Philharmonic Hall, explore the historic Warehouse district, and admire the modern architecture in HafenCity, one of the biggest city planning projects in Europe. Along the way, your guide shares stories about the famous Hamburg swans, Hamburg's rise to become one of the leading port cities in the world, and the great fire in 1842 that left the city hall in ruins for half a century.
Visit the town hall's courtyard to learn the meaning of the famous Hygieia fountain and the legend of the famous pirate Klaus Störtebeker, who was brought here for execution. Your tour comes to an end after a visit to the famous tower of St. Nicholas' Church, which stands as a memorial to the destruction of World War II. Read More close
Discover the secret world of prostitution on this guided tour of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. Your private tour guide awaits you at Davidwache, the well-known police station of the St. Pauli quarter, dressed in traditional clothing from the 16th century.
While exploring the Reeperbahn and nearby streets your well-informed guide explains the history of street prostitutes, polka dancers, procuresses, and of the old-time brothels. Furthermore, you hear about today’s situation within the red-light district and its brothel streets, sauna studios, luxury brothels, and procuration. As you are in a private group don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have.
Of course your guide also stops at the famous Herbertstraße. However—out of respect to the prostitutes working there—it is not possible to enter the street during the tour. The only people that are permitted to enter the street are people working there and their paying customers. Get to see 2 brothel rooms and have a schnapps at a Reeperbahn pub for an authentic experience before the tour concludes. Read More close
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
Meet your private guide at the St. Pauli metro station to start your tour of Hamburg's most scandalous district. Get to know what makes the area one of the most popular party and gambling spots in Europe as your guide points out the designer architecture, 4-star hotels, and the smallest police station on the continent.
Stop at the private St. Pauli Erotic Loft to enjoy a drink before you continue your stroll past a host of showy nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. Throughout the tour, your guide shares interesting facts about local hotspots, legendary venues, and famous landmarks like the Beatles Square. Before the tour ends, get some recommendations for more places where you can delve into the city's nightlife. Read More close
Meet your guide amid the spice shops and coffee houses of Speicherstadt, where you can enjoy a stunning view of Hamburg's harbor. Catch a look at the Spice Museum, the spooky Hamburg Dungeon, and the Speicherstadt Museum as you explore this historic warehouse district.
After a stop at the old boiler house, a former power plant where you can see a detailed model of the district, pay a visit to the Elbphilharmonie, one of Hamburg's newest landmarks. See the modern architecture, hotels, shops, and residential areas of HafenCity and end your tour with a breathtaking view of the harbor, where you might catch a glimpse of one of the world's largest yachts. 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
Meet your guide at the St. Pauli train station and learn how the Reeperbahn got its reputation as a center of nightlife and sin. Everyone parties here, from millionaires to sailors, and your local tour guide shows you the designer architecture, 4-star hotels, and the smallest police station in Europe as you walk through this famous party strip.
Sip a local specialty drink at the Private St. Pauli Erotic Play Loft and watch a small exhibition before you proceed further into the red-light district, with its bars, clubs, and women working the streets. Pass historic sailor bars as well as some of Hamburg's best partying and table-dancing hotspots, and stop at the Beatles Square to learn about the Fab Four's early years in Hamburg before your tour ends. 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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After you meet your guide at the St. Pauli U-Bahn station, take advantage of some great contacts and deep insights to see what makes the district tick. Pay a visit to the legendary bar of Zur Ritze, or The Wedge, and see the boxing room in the basement where the Klitschko brothers and Mike Tyson once practiced. Check out the Olivia Jones' Wild Boys Strip Club, where men are only admitted if they dance on stage.
The tour shows you the Davidwache, billed as the smallest police station in Europe, as your guide shares the stories of the Nutella Gang's rivalry with the GMBH and the legend of Jack the Ripper in Hamburg. Finish up a great introduction to St. Pauli in a Premier Show Club, and then take the rest of the night to check out the great clubs on your own, with free or discounted admission and some parting advice from your guide. Read More close
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Hamburg City Center
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- 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. Read More close
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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
The site of a waterfront and residential area, St. Pauli is also known as the most sinful district in Hamburg thanks to its bars, sex shops, and prostitution. As you walk through the district, learn about the historic Danish town of Altona, now a borough of Hamburg, as well as the "King of St. Pauli. "
Pass by the gated Herbertstraße, which was once the only street in Hamburg where prostitution was officially tolerated. Not far away, you can see the street of Große Freiheit, where the Beatles got their start, and get a look at the plush dancing pubs.
Along the way, you can see the famous Davidwache police station and pass the ATM that earned the record for biggest turnover in Germany. Get a feel for the district's unique atmosphere and pick up some recommendations for bars, clubs, and restaurants from your tour guide at the end of the tour. 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