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Elbphilharmonie

From its spectacular architecture to its world-class acoustics, Hamburg’s concert hall is a feast for the senses.

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Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

1. Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

Visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza with a guide, and learn some exciting background information about this spectacular building as you discover both its outside and inside. After meeting your guide, find out about the building’s original plans, plus its construction, completion challenges, and special features. Tour the outside of the building while learning about its façade and other external features. Then, travel on up the Tube — the longest escalator in the world. Glimpse its large panoramic window before arriving at the Plaza: an activity hub connecting the historical docks to the modern glass architecture. Take a moment to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Hamburg over the harbor and HafenCity from the Plaza. While there, hear about the music that is played inside as your guide gifts you with more tidbits about this striking modern structure.

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Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

2. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

See Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions from a unique perspective, float past impressive container ships, and discover the historic Speicherstadt District aboard a 1.5-hour cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

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Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

3. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

Admire Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions sparkling at night, marvel at the illuminated Speicherstadt District, and see impressive container ships up-close aboard a 1.5-hour evening cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your nighttime harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs beautifully lit up. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the shining Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

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Speicherstadt: Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry Ticket

4. Speicherstadt: Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry Ticket

Explore 2 of Hamburg's more famous areas during a guided walking tour of the former warehouse district, Speicherstadt, and the modern HafenCity. Best of all, gain access to the famous Elbphilharmonie. Hear all about why the warehouse district was built in the 1800s and how it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Compare what you see in front of you with your guide’s historical photos to get a feel of what it was like in times gone by. After your guide drops you at the Plaza and introduces you to the Elbphilharmonie, enter the exquisite building by the water. Discover the building's interior and get up close with its modern glass architecture. Plus, don’t miss the breathtaking views over the harbor and HafenCity.

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Elphi Tour with Störtebeker Beer

5. Elphi Tour with Störtebeker Beer

Explore the new landmark of Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie, during a one-hour tour starting at the metro station Baumwall (U-Bahn Station). From here you can already enjoy views of the "Elphi" concert house, known internationally for its special architecture.  Gaze from the plaza over the port of Hamburg and the city itself, and enjoy the breathtaking atmosphere. Listen as your guide shares interesting information about this magnificent concert hall.  At the end of the tour another highlight is waiting for you: enjoy a Störtebeker beer to end the tour in a special way. You are more than welcome to stay here for the rest of the day.

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Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Bike Tour

6. Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Bike Tour

Set off on a discovery tour of Hamburg and immerse yourself in the city’s most iconic landmarks and districts. Your guide will explain the history behind the harbor city and the tales behind all the impressive sights. You’ll travel through the Speicherstadt, a UNESCO world heritage site in the east of the city. While here, admire the unique 19th-century brick architecture which sits on millions of oak poles within the waterways. As you take in all the pretty canals, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in Venice. Hamburg is a very flat city which means it’s perfect for cyclists of all ages and riding abilities.

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Hamburg: HafenCity Food Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry

7. Hamburg: HafenCity Food Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry

Take a tour of the most spectacular foodie spots in the HafenCity and Speicherstadt and indulge in 5 delicious snacks. Whiz up to the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie and soak in the unparalleled views. After meeting your trusty guide, set off on this unique walking tour. You’ll visit the Speicherstadt, a historic warehouse complex that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and listen to exciting stories. Discover HafenCity, the largest inner-city construction project in Europe. Join a local guide who knows all about the area and provides you with exciting anecdotes and historical information. Then, ride on Germany’s longest freestanding escalator and head to the Elbphilharmonie’s plaza for a panoramic view of the harbor and the city. Learn about the architecture and acoustics of the halls from your guide without physically going inside. As you journey from place to place, take the chance to try different appetizers in various special locations from traditional German delicacies to contemporary flavors.

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Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Private Walking Tour

8. Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Private Walking Tour

Meet your expert private guide and first explore the Speicherstadt district of Hamburg. Discover one of the largest warehouse complexes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of the large warehouses which are used to store valuable trade goods. Visit an active carpet warehouse, and learn more about the lives of dockworkers and merchants. Afterward, continue the tour along the "Fleete" into the modern areas of the HafenCity. See contemporary buildings designed by international architects as part of an extensive urban regeneration project, which aimed to give new life to this area of Hamburg in recent decades. Stop outside the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, one of the largest concert halls in the world known for its striking modern architecture. Hear more about the controversial construction of this building. Take the world's longest curved escalator up to the observation deck of the concert hall and enjoy a magnificent view of Hamburg and its historic harbor.

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

9. 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.

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Hamburg: 2-Hour City Cruise to Blankenese

10. Hamburg: 2-Hour City Cruise to Blankenese

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise through the harbor of Hamburg. Explore the industrial side and see the highlights as you make your way to Blankenese. Admire one of the richest and most lavish areas in Hamburg from the boat and spot its impressive architecture. Furthermore, you will see the Airbus plant, where all planes are built, the container terminals and the Elbphilharmonie.

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What people are saying about Elbphilharmonie

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 22,433 reviews

The tour is very well planned and passes many sights and places of interest. Unfortunately, there were a lot of demos on our weekend so that the tour could not be driven as planned. The changes made by the driver did not affect the quality of the tour. Recommended !!!

We even drove longer than the announced 90 minutes because we made a detour to a particularly large container ship. Explanations from the guide were good.

It was sooo beautiful, through the Speicherstadt, the port, the container port, through the locks, past the largest container ship in the world

Tour guide Bob: very kind gentleman. The tour was very informative and the length was perfect. Definitely a recommendation!

Der Kapitän war fantastisch! Schöne gesuchten und war auch ein Humorist!