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

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

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 Alster! Set your own itinerary on this perfect do-it-yourself combination tour when in Hamburg. The hop-on hop-off tour allows you to see Hamburg’s top attractions at your own pace aboard a comfortable double-decker bus, while the one-hour harbor cruise and one-hour Lake Alster sightseeing cruise provide great views from the water. See all the major attractions, including St Michael Church, the newly built Hamburg Harbor City and the infamous Reeperbahn red-light district!


  • Hamburg hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour
  • 1-hour harbor cruise and 1-hour Lake Alster cruise included
  • The most convenient and comprehensive way to see the city!
  • See top Hamburg attractions including Reeperbahn, Harbor City and St Michael church
  • Tickets are valid for 3 consecutive days

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What You Can Expect

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

Essential Hamburg: Lake Alster Cruise

Set your own itinerary and explore Hamburg at your own pace. The hop-on hop-off bus tour allows you to simply hop off at the stop you want and return to any stop to continue your tour! Board one of the red double-decker buses at any of the available stops, and begin your sightseeing adventure, hopping off at Town Hall Square, the main train station or at any other stop on the route. Your hop-on hop-off ticket is valid for one day.

Then, get another perspective of Hamburg on your included one-hour harbor sightseeing cruise with English commentary April to October only). The boat leaves daily from the landing piers of the Hamburg port. Cruise along Hamburg's picturesque warehouse district to Hamburg's Harbor City, one of Europe's biggest urban development projects with the new concert hall, Elbphilharmonie, built on the roof of a storehouse. Sit back and relax while you enjoy these architectural highlights of Hamburg.

When you’re back on land, head out on another sightseeing cruise! Your included one-hour Lake Alster cruise leaves from the Jungfernstieg Passage in central Hamburg, only a short walk from Town Hall Square. The boat will take you along the shoreline of Hamburg's inner-city lake, lined with impressive villas and beautiful garden areas. Multi-lingual audio commentary is available on board (English, French, Spanish).

Enjoy a traditional cup of tea (included) at the teashop in the heritage-listed Krameramt district, an area of former merchants' homes built in the 17th century (hop-on hop-off stop is St Michael Church).

Your sightseeing tickets are valid for three consecutive days, but you can take each tour only once.

See the Itinerary section below for a full list of hop-on hop-off tour stops.


Hop On Off Tour Stops - Departure Main Train Station
  • Main train station - Kirchenallee
  • Ferdinandstor
  • Holzdamm - Hotel Atlantik
  • Fonteney - Hotel Intercontinental
  • Hallerstrasse
  • Rothenbaumchaussee
  • Johnsallee
  • Moorweidenstrasse - Hotel Elysee
  • Marseiller Strasse - Hotel SAS Plaza
  • Bei den Kirchenhofen
  • Sievekingplatz
  • Gansemarkt
  • Dammtorstrasse - Hotel Oper
  • Esplanade - Hotel Baseler Hof
  • Neuer Jungfernstieg - Hotel Four Seasons
  • Town hall square
  • Rodingsmarkt - Hotel Steigenberger
  • St Michaelis Church
  • Seewartenstrasse - Hotel Hafen Hamburg
  • Reeperbahn
  • St. Pauli Fishmarket
  • Port landing piers 1-2 (departure harbor cruise)
  • Auf dem Sande
  • Shanghaiallee
  • Tube Steinstrasse
  • Main train station - Spitalerstrasse

Customer Reviews

Maximiano F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I booked online and did have any printed voucher. The lady inform us we need a paper voucher I requested to speak with her supervisor and they help us to get with our tour hassle free. Excellent customer service.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was a great combination. We started with the hop-on hop-off tour, so we saw very much of the city on the first day. Next day we enjoyed the harbour cruise and the Lake Alster tour. As it was a bit colder we went below deck and you could warm up with drinks.
Each time its a joyful experience to be in possession of this combo card.

Rebecca L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great tour! Especially enjoyed the boat trips although the lake trip is only in German. It was nice to relax on the boat as our feet were tired. The river trip has one in English. That was very interesting as Hamburg is a busy port with a lot going on. We saw one container ship that was enormous. Actually don't know how it stayed afloat! St Michael's Church is not to be missed. It doesn't look like much from the outside but is truly a feast for the eyes inside. You can also go up the tower for a fee and have a 360 degree view of the city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

very nice we enjoyed it we do it again

Vasiliki K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great experience! I visited Hamburg by hop on hop off bus and by boat, port-lake cruises, in one day. Very good value for money. I am glad I saw so many things in such a short period of time!

Abby M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Overall, a very good experience especially if you have a limited amount of time in Hamburg and want to maximize your time

Kenneth C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Excellent - liked the bus tour - wonderful guide - and the canal tour the best. This tour is a great way to see the sites of Hamburg!

Michael K

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

We were disappointed with this tour. I think we were the only English speaking people on the bus and thus very little dialog was given for us. In another language we heard Princess Kate and Prince William as part of the dialong on the bus, not Lake Alster and never heard the story in English. So we were knew we were missing stories. The Cruise and Lake Alster parts were fine.

Robin B

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Overall good. Hop on hop of buss would be better if they used multi language head sets like lake Alster cruise used. The harbour cruise was magnificent,

Diane L

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Only fault was the Lake Alster tour which was only in German and we didn't know what or where were were looking at!

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