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1-Hour Hamburg Harbour Cruise

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See Hamburg's bustling harbour and skyline on a 1-hour cruise through the River Elbe and learn about Germany’s largest port with an audio guide.


  • Discover Hamburg in a quick exploration through a harbour cruise across the Elbe River on a traditional barge or passenger ship.

  • Enjoy live, captivating commentary in German led by the expert skipper, or take advantage of the readily available downloadable audio guide.

  • Glide past the Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the historic Speicherstadt and admire the colossal vessels docked at the Blohm and Voss shipyard.

  • Choose to undertake your journey aboard a barge or a passenger ship .

  • Did you know? Hamburg was once a pirate haven. Check out the statue of the city’s most famous pirate, Klaus Störtebeker, at the maritime museum.


  • Harbour cruise in Hamburg

  • Live commentary (German only)

  • Audio guide available to download

  • Boarding on a Barge or passenger ship.


  • Headset

  • Beverages (Can be purchased on the cruise)

Cancellation policy

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

Ratings & Reviews

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  • France
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Austria
  • Ireland
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Australia
Guests from France, Denmark, Switzerland and over 12 countries have loved this experience
Joshua Michael Weber



May, 2024

First the captain was a half hour late which interferred with our plans, we still were able to enjoy the ride. The online audio in english is not available until next year, so we were guided in German and no one understand nothing. Oh well, the sights were pretty. Lastly we thought we were going in the cannals as it is a small boat, however no where upon booking was there mention of tides. So because of low tide we stayed in the main harbor which was far less interesting to us. Otherwise for the price, the boat is comfortable and could be highly recommended if not for these few things mentioned above.
Carole Berndt



May, 2024

Had hoped to apend more time in UNESCO area. Also, knew commentary was only available in german, but reading info in english, was just not sarisfactory.
Paula Luise Birnmeyer



Apr, 2024

I was totally thrilled - I have rarely experienced such a very entertaining and informative harbor tour! In the 1 hour I got great insider knowledge about the most important spots in Hamburg and often laughed heartily - definitely recommended!
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Louise Polwin



Dec, 2023

Loved the skilled and lighthearted explanations of the boats people n the seaman's shanties. Impressive to see the big "tubs" and hear the detailed background infos about the ships n buildings around the harbour. We did the night-and the day harbour cruise. Both were unique bec every time they were different ships to see. The company is very flexible and refreshing friendly and helpful. We booked a Barkasse and then liked to change it to a ship, no problem. A harbour cruise is a must to get the right impression from Hamburg. Highly recommend. Thanks.
Stephan Pelz



Nov, 2023

The captain of the launch was very open-minded and had a super positive effect on us. His explanations of the respective descriptions showed a very good knowledge of what is happening around the port of Hamburg. The trip was very entertaining and informative.
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Cruise the bridge capital of Europe

Dive into Hamburg, the bridge capital of Europe, and unlock the secrets of its massive port, one of the largest on the continent! This harbour cruise is your ticket to experiencing this maritime marvel from the best seat in the house. From contemporary glass facades to centuries-old brickwork, the HafenCity reflects Hamburg's transformation. Feel the electrifying energy of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the fish market.

Learn Hamburg's port history

Explore the heart of Hamburg's maritime world. Opt for the 1-hour cruise for a comprehensive overview of key port landmarks, and gain an in-depth exploration of the vastness and complexity of this global trade hub. Navigate through towering container terminals, the historic Speicherstadt district, the colossal Blohm and Voss shipyard, and the iconic Köhlbrand Bridge, all while enjoying panoramic cityscapes.

What to bring

  • Carry your passport or valid ID card.

  • Don’t forget to bring your headphones to access the audio guide during the cruise.

What’s not allowed

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

  • Outside food is not allowed.


  • Wheelchairs and strollers are best accommodated on the larger passenger ship. The departure time for this ship will be confirmed at the meeting point.

Additional information

  • Tide variations can impact our harbour cruise itineraries.

  • For a complete Speicherstadt experience, opt for a barge cruise – larger ships can't navigate the low bridges.

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

  • The live commentary is in German only. English commentary is available through an audio guide.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

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

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

Meeting point

Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.

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