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Alster Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour on the double-decker Line A sightseeing bus in Hamburg. Travel along the Speicherstadt (warehouse city) and harbor city to the shopping areas of the town. Gain valuable insights into the city and its history. Hop aboard with your day ticket that enables you to hop on and hop off at 20 bus stops. See the wonderful villas in Harvestehude, the Outer Alster lake, the city hall, museums, the famous Reeperbahn, and the harbor. Get information in your own language with a GPS steered audio system that offers crystal-clear narration in 11 languages via headsets. Lean back and enjoy the all-around view. In nice weather, the bus goes open top to allow you unobstructed views.

Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

2. Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

Sail past the famous Alster Fountain and under the Lombards bridge directly to the Outer Alster. See beautiful residential areas and sights, such as the Hotel Atlantic, Blue Mosque, U. S. Consulate General, or Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Discover the city´s stunning panorama with its church spires and bridges, as well as the natural life along the lakeside with its many water birds and rare plants.

Hamburg Combo: Hop On Hop Off & Water Ticket / Harbor Cruise

3. Hamburg Combo: Hop On Hop Off & Water Ticket / Harbor Cruise

Create your own sightseeing tour: wherever you want to stop, you can just hop off the bus and then hop back on later. Combine your 1-day ticket for sightseeing tour Line A with a water ticket. You can choose a  water program on the Elbe or Alster.  You can choose between: • 1-hour harbor cruise (St. Pauli piers 1+4) • 1-hour Alster tour (Jungfernstieg jetty)

Hamburg 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

4. Hamburg 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Hamburg on this 3.5-hour bike tour. From the Reeperbahn to the Alster River – experience the charm of this port city. The tour begins at the office in St. Pauli. From here you ride through Heiligengeistfeld to the Outer Alster Lake and the Inner Alster Lake. Ride past the Town Hall, the Speicherstadt, HafenCity, and St. Michael's Church. Back in St. Pauli, you head to the piers and the world-famous Reeperbahn. You make a stop at each attraction, where you’ll discover interesting facts and information from your guide, take photos, and ask questions. During the tour you’ll have a coffee break, where you can soak up the atmosphere of the city. Hamburg is very flat and the ride is easy going. This tour is therefore suitable for all ages and riding abilities.

Hamburg: Downtown, Alster & Alternative Areas Bike Tour

5. Hamburg: Downtown, Alster & Alternative Areas Bike Tour

Discover the contrasts of Hamburg on an exciting bike tour through the Hanseatic city. The tour convenes at Dammtor, just 10 minutes from the bike shop. After you have chosen a suitable bike for yourself, ride towards Sternschanze, through the historical neighborhood of Schröderstift, Sternschanzenpark, and the actual district with its alternative cultural activities. Continue on along Hafenstrasse in St. Pauli through the Portuguese quarter to Neustadt. Find out more about the project of the artist cooperative “Komm in de Gänge” and pass through the sophisticated boutique scenery along the Inner Alster Lake. Visit the Kontorhaus district from the 1920s and visit the “Münzviertel” in Hammerbrook, a representative case for the discussion on socially responsible city use. Ride on to St. Georg, where you will find contrasts of multicultural life. The route takes you on to the Inner Alster Lake under the Lombard Bridge with its “campers” and further on to the rowing clubs and consulates before returning to the bike shop.

Hamburg: City Center Walking Tour

6. Hamburg: City Center Walking Tour

Today, Hamburg is known as a modern and busy city, but how did it develop into the modern big city of today? Explore the different epochs of Hamburg’s city history on a sightseeing walking tour. After meeting your guide, embark on a tour of Hamburg’s historical, cultural, and inspiring heart. Known for its canals, Hamburg City Center is home to much more than just these impressive waterways. Discover how history shaped Hamburg’s urban development and pick up expert insight about the neo-Renaissance town hall. Make your way onto other famous landmarks where you’ll have the unique opportunity to ask your knowledgeable guide any burning questions and really get an insight into the city.

Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

7. Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

Begin your guided sightseeing tour of Hamburg by boarding a wonderful yellow and red double-decker bus. You will then drive around the vast Alster Lakes, over the Jungfernstieg, and to the town hall on this hop-on-hop-off tour.  Along your journey, you will make 15 stops and have the chance to pause at each location, continuing on with a later bus if you wish. You will see many tourist attractions along the way, including St. Michel Church, the court of justice district, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Hafencity. You will also visit the fish market, St. Pauli Piers, and the beloved St. Georg district as your expert guide provides interesting facts and useful tips along the way. Weather permitting, the roof of the bus will be opened for fantastic city views.

Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Family Ticket

8. Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Family Ticket

Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Hamburg to explore the city’s highlights with a family ticket, valid all day long for up to 2 adults and 3 children aged 6 to 14. Hop on and off wherever you want to discover all the sights. Make multiple stops and create your own itinerary for a perfect day of sightseeing. Stop to learn more about the exciting history of the Speicherstadt or visit the Miniatur Wunderland model railway. Visit the famous Reeperbahn, climb the beloved St. Michaelis Church to admire Hamburg from above, or browse the shops along Jungfernstieg. With this family ticket you can experience it all. Bus stops: 1: Kirchenallee/Main station 2: Marco Polo Terraces/HafenCity 3: Kehrwiederspitze (Historic warehouse district) 4: The piers of St. Pauli 5: Reeperbahn 6: St. Pauli Piers/S railway station 7: St. Michaelis Church (Michel) 8: Rathaus/Reesendamm - opposite the town hall 9: Neuer Jungfernstieg / Colonnaden 10: Town hall/Reesendamm 11: Gerhardt Hauptmann Square 12: Kirchenallee/Main station, east side 13: Wooden dam/Hotel Atlantic 14: Beautiful view/Outer Alster 15: Hotel Alsterperle

Hamburg: Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour

9. Hamburg: Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour

Discover Hamburg your own way with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get on and off the bus whenever you want, at any stop, and take as much time as you'd like enjoying the interesting sights. You can also take it easy, stay on the bus, and enjoy the view as you ride around the city. Scale the beloved St. Michaelis Church and admire Hamburg from above. Marvel at the imposing City Hall, and give in to your shopping urges in the stores along magnificent Jungfernstieg. Stroll around the Outer Alster Lake and take in its beautiful views, and find out how much green space this Hanseatic city has to offer. Take a break at the St. Pauli Piers, and visit the Hard Rock Café or Speicherstadt, the exciting historical warehouse district. Finish your day with a boat ride around the harbor, where you'll enjoy fantastic views of the ships and sailing equipment. Bus stops: 1: Kirchenallee/Hauptbahnhof 2: Marco-Polo-Terasse/HafenCity (currently not in use) 3: Kehrwiederspitze (Speicherstadt) 4: St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken 5: Reeperbahn 6: St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken/S-Bahnhof 7: St. Michaeliskirche (Michel) 8: Rathaus/Reesendamm (across from the Rathaus) 9: Neuer Jungfernstieg (on the corner of Colonnaden) 10: Rathaus/Reesendamm 11: Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Platz 12: Kirchenallee (east side of the Hauptbahnhof) 13: Holzdamm/Hotel Atlantic 14: Schöne Aussicht (Außenalster) 15: Alsterperle

Hamburg: Alster Lake and Alternative Sights Bike Tour

10. Hamburg: Alster Lake and Alternative Sights Bike Tour

Ride along the Alster shoreline, over beautiful old bridges, through green parks, and into unique neighborhoods on this guided cycle. Hop onto your bike and get ready to explore the less known side of Hamburg. Your guide will lead the way and take you to see some of the city’s most intriguing suburbs. You’ll get to know Hamburg’s alternative and artistic scene as you pedal through some of its creative districts. On the ride, you’ll also pass through scenic and serene landscapes such as green parks and the famous Alster Lake.

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What people are saying about Alster Lake

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The city tour was just the right thing for our first visit to Hamburg. We did the entire loop without getting out in between, and I think we were able to get a pretty good overview. The tour leads through the Speicherstadt, the Hafencity, past the exhibition center, along the Outer Alster and Inner Alster, through St. Pauli and back to the Landungsbrücken. It is peppered with a lot of information that comes off the tape and is very easy to understand. Additional information was provided by the bus driver. The journey was very entertaining and the hour and a half went by far too quickly. We had a wheelchair user with us. The buses are handicapped accessible. A ramp will be installed for entry and exit. Great!

Excellent tour showing us all the sights of Hamburg. The only slight problem was finding where the bus started from after we got dropped off by the large lake in centre of city. Could have done with an information board.

A must when visiting Hamburg for the first time. Great guide or bus driver. Smooth running.

Was fun and very informative! The guide was totally personable and entertaining!

You have seen the most important points of Hamburg. Driver was very nice.