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1-Hour Harbor Cruise in Hamburg

Rated 4.5 out of 5.0 from 976 reviews.
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Cruise on the river Elbe and discover the port of Hamburg. From jetties to modern container ports, the harbor puts on its best show from the waters! With live commentary, gather a deeper understanding of this historic and hands-on seaport!


  • Set sail on a Hamburg Harbor cruise aboard either a traditional barge or a spacious passenger ship. Your choice!

  • A skipper on board will entertain you with a vivid and insightful commentary in German, giving you live and up-to-date facts about the port of Hamburg

  • Explore the historic warehouse district of Speicherstadt and the contemporary Hafen City

  • On this tour, you get to witness the Elbphilharmonie in all its glory, with an impressive glass facade and wavy rooftop

  • Immerse yourself in a busy and bustling atmosphere as you cruise past the container terminals and quayside operating companies

  • Discover the famous Hamburg Fischmarkt and the docks by Blohm and Voss, a German shipbuilding and engineering company

  • Enjoy a free audio guide in English for additional context on the cruise. Download from Google Play Store or App Store


  • 1 hr harbor cruise

  • Live commentary (German only)

  • Free choice between passenger ship and barge during purchase

  • Audio guide in English (Download from Google Play Store or App Store)


  • Hotel transfers

  • Additional gratuities

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Lined with a fleet of quaint tour barges and elegant passenger ships, the sizes of which are truly incomprehensible, Hamburg harbor is the largest seaport in all of Germany! For centuries, this port has been the driving force behind Hamburg’s rising economy. While the port presents itself as a striking image of urbanization and development, it also, much like Venice, has a labyrinth of canals, inducing a feeling of medieval times. Hamburg owes much of its worldly character to the mighty Elbe, the river on which the port is situated.

From the historic and splendid red-brick warehouses of Speicherstadt to the architectural masterpieces of HafenCity, this is a place where history meets modernity. No other city in all of Europe has as many bridges as Hamburg does. Explore the numerous structures over water, canals, channels, busy locks and container terminals, the Köhlbrand Bridge, and much more on your one-hour cruise of the harbor.

Important Information

  • A passport/ID is required.

  • Note: If you want to cruise through the Speicherstadt, you should opt for the barge as the bridges in the Speicherstadt region are too low for the large passenger ships to get through.

  • Ensure you carry your passports or a valid ID card for proof.

  • Weapons and sharp objects are not allowed onboard the cruise.

  • Outside food not allowed!

  • Please note that all harbor cruises aboard little barges are subject to the tide.

  • The boats will have an open or closed glass roof depending on the weather conditions.

  • Transportation of wheelchairs is only possible on a large passenger ship. Make sure you inform in advance in case of any requirement.


  • The passenger ships MS RIVER STAR and MS HAMBURG as well as the paddle wheeler MS LOUISIANA STAR can be accessed barrier-free via a gangway and have corresponding sanitary facilities. Due to the conditions on-site, no information can be provided in advance regarding the exact time the above ships are used in the harbor cruise (no fixed departure times).

  • The luxury barges, as well as the traditional barge, can not be accessed barrier-free.


Summer (Easter till the end of October)

  • Mon to Thu: Between 10 AM and 6 PM, approx. every 30 mins

  • Fri, Sat, and Sun: Between 10 AM and 6 PM, approx. every 15-30 mins

Winter (from November to Easter)

  • Mon to Fri: Between 11 AM and 6 PM, approx. every 30-45 mins

  • Sat and Sun: Between 10 AM and 6 PM, approx. every 30 mins


  • This tour is in German only.

  • The English version of the tour can be accessed via an audio guide (Download from Google Play Store or App Store). You are welcome to bring your own headphones or purchase some on site.

  • Duration: 1 hr

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the boarding point.

  • Please arrive at the boarding point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your cruise to avoid any delays.

Boarding Point

  • Board your cruise at St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, bridge 1.

  • Address: 20459 Hamburg, Germany.

Get Directions to the Boarding Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is U S Landungsbrücken. It is a quick 4-minute walk to the boarding point.

  • Board bus 2 to get you there.

By Subway

  • The closest subway station is Landungsbrücken. It is a quick 4-minute walk to the boarding point.

  • Board subway line U3 to get you there.

ratings & reviews

976 Ratings
Gerti Stein


Aug, 2023
The tour guide was very good! Sympathetic voice and sound knowledge! Insinuating remarks about "Rosie" and the like, however, I would like to hear as a woman nowadays actually no more, especially since in other European countries the "buying" of women is rightly already prohibited, hopefully soon also in Germany!
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Susanne Himstedt


Jul, 2023
The quiet ride on the Spree with all the sights was very nice. There was also a very good and reasonably priced drink service on board!
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Anita Streit


Jun, 2023
The comments were interesting and educational. The ship was clean. Unfortunately, the departure was already at 5:50 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. Fortunately, we arrived just "in time"....
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Simon Rumi Waschk


Jun, 2023
Nice team Nice narration with some "wit" and "charm". Unfortunately, the speakers constantly dropped out / the sentence arrived choppy - was a bit annoying :) Cool sas was overdrawn and instead of 1 std 1,15 std was driven. All around a nice tour :)
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Stefanie Altenhofen


Aug, 2023
Das Erleben des Hafens und der großen "Pötte" ist einfach sehr beeindruckend von diesem tollen Passagierschiff aus! Dazu kommen die informativen und lustigen Erklärungen des "Geschichtenerzählers" an Bord. Alles zusammen ein wirklich schönes Erlebnis, dass jeder Hamburgbesucher einmal gemacht haben sollte!
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