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5 reasons boat tours may be the best Hamburg attractions

Hamburg has quite a few bodies of water that run through and around it. Whether you take a boat ride on the rivers Elbe or Alster or you choose to tour Hamburg's famous harbor, there is no better place for a boat cruise than Hamburg!

See a new side of the city!

See a new side of the city!

Take a boat tour on the river and enjoy being on the water that flows through Hamburg. See the city from a whole different perspective.

Enjoy a romantic sunset boat ride.

Enjoy a romantic sunset boat ride.

Sunsets are beautiful and even better by boat. Watch Hamburg twinkle as the sun makes its descent.

Fun for the whole family!

Fun for the whole family!

A Hamburg river cruise is the perfect activity for the whole family. From the newborn to the matriarch of the family, there is certainly something for everyone aboard a boat cruise.

A stress-free way to sightsee in Hamburg.

A stress-free way to sightsee in Hamburg.

By boat, you are free to simply take in the sights of Hamburg. No need to worry about your next destination, your captain's got it covered!

Go for an adventurous experience!

Go for an adventurous experience!

Taking a boat cruise can be exciting and refreshing. Feel the wind in your hair - or sails - and get in touch with nature while you visit Hamburg!

Planning Your Visit

What kind of boat tour should I choose?

If you're feeling spontaneous, go for one of the hop-on hop-off boat tours. When something on shore catches your eye, you can signal the captain and conveniently disembark. Other popular options include evening trips that let you see the city's architecture glow under starlight, and a historic boat tour that gives you lessons on Hamburg's heritage.

What people are saying about Hamburg

Excellent river boat cruise in the sunshine

If you're going to Hamburg and the weather is good, I'd recommend that you go on a river boat cruise. You get to see and learn about other parts of Hamburg that you wouldn't necessarily know about or see. The audio guide was in English which is handy if you cannot speak German!

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise Reviewed by Lee, 19/06/2019

Even though the tour was in German I gleaned a great deal.

Close up of operating dry docks, gliding down the canals, beer flowing from the bar - what’s not to like. If only it were in English! Weather permitting, try to sit outside. The information for the meeting point was not correct. We could have missed the tour.

Excellent...even without understanding the commentary

Fabulous tour of the canals and port. A rare opportunity to see the port working. The highlight of our quick trip through Hamburg. The live guide is in german so we did not understand but unlike most tours you could hear him clearly from outside. We were given a guide pamphlet in english. Highly recommended.

Fascinating tour showing off the diversity of the harbour.

It was fascinating to see the wide range of activity around the harbour from the canal & warehouses to the container and cruise ships. Very clear and humorous commentary in English.

Traditional Harbor Tour in Hamburg Reviewed by Peter, 16/09/2018

Although the ads were in English, the commentary was not.

Purely a visual tour in our case, the commentary was in German. Also a bit difficult to find the right boat.

2-Hour Hamburg Port Tour: Maritime Flair Reviewed by Michael, 07/10/2017