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Hamburg Harbor Cruises

By Viator, September 2013

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Nowhere is Germany’s maritime spirit as prominent as in Hamburg, one of Europe’s largest port cities, sandwiched between the mighty River Elbe and the Alster Lake, and laced with 64km of canal ways and over 2,500 bridges. Topping the list of Germany’s ports of call, Hamburg receives millions of cruise travelers each year, but even visitors arriving by land can make the most of the waterways by taking a scenic cruise through the harbor.

The busy port fronts one of Germany’s most dramatic waterfronts, stretching past the 300-year old Hamburg fish market and the historic Speicherstadt, lined with towering red-brick warehouses, to the futuristic skyscrapers and waterside restaurants that make up the ever-evolving Hamburg Harbor City (Hafencity), the largest urban building complex of 21st century Europe.

Combine a tour or shore excursion of the city with a scenic Hamburg harbor cruise and a sightseeing cruise on Lake Alster, and you’ll get to see the city from all angles. Sail through the famous port, taking in highlights like the striking Elbphilharmonie concert hall, perched on a storehouse rooftop, then enjoy panoramic views of the picturesque villas and landscaped gardens that border Lake Alster. Alternatively, soak up the electric atmosphere of Hamburg after dark, with an evening cruise along Lake Alster, set against a glittering backdrop of the illuminated city.

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Essential Hamburg Combo: Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Cruise and Lake Alster

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 28 Reviews

See the best of Hamburg on an easy and convenient hop-on hop-off tour, including two cruises – a harbor cruise and a panoramic sightseeing cruise on Lake ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $50.24

Hamburg Card

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

With city-state traditions reaching back for centuries, Hamburg has always played a special political and cultural role in Germany's history.

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Varies

From USD $12.24

Hamburg Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Harbor and Lake Alster Cruises

See the best of Hamburg while you’re in port on an easy and convenient hop-on hop-off tour, including two cruises – a harbor cruise and a panoramic sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Flexible

From USD $50.24

Hamburg Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour Including Treppenviertel and the Elbe River

Discover Hamburg’s fascinating riverfront while you’re in port on this Elbe River shore excursion. Follow the Elbe River in a double-decker bus, enjoying the ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.34

Hamburg Shore Excursion: Hamburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Harbor Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

See the best of Hamburg while you’re in port on an easy and convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour including a harbor cruise! The perfect do-it-yourself ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Flexible

From USD $38.64

Hamburg Riverside Tour - Elbe River

Discover Hamburg’s fascinating riverfront on a sightseeing tour along the Elbe River in a double-decker bus, enjoying the scenic views and city sights. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.34

Illuminated Hamburg City Tour and Evening Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

The Illuminated Hamburg City Tour and Evening Cruise is the ideal way to entertain the whole family and a great introduction to the cosmopolitan city of ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.08

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