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Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Discovery Tour

1. Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Discovery Tour

Experience over a thousand years of history on a 2.5-hour walk through Hamburg’s Old Town. Hear how Hamburg become one of the world’s most important ports and how the story of a headless pirate haunts the city. Your guide will tell you about what happened in Hamburg during WWII. Discover all this and more on Hamburg’s best walking tour. Take in the key sights of Hamburg, including the Rathaus, historic Deich Street, St. Nikolai Memorial, Speicherstadt, Kontor House, Elbphilharmonie and the Boatmen’s Church. Along the way, hear how Barbarossa, Störtebeker and how a whole host of Hamburg’s colorful characters built the Free City into the cosmopolitan cultural wonderland it is today.

Hamburg: Historic City Center Group Walking Tour

2. Hamburg: Historic City Center Group Walking Tour

Follow your guide through the inner city and harbor on this walking tour of Hamburg. Listen as your guide regales you with facts and tales that only locals know. See both the city's highlights and its hidden gems. Meet your guide at the Neo-Renaissance-style Rathaus (town hall). View the Gothic Revival cathedral of St. Nikolai. Take a stroll on the city's oldest street, Deichstraße. Find out about the city’s rise from a small-time trading post to one of Europe’s leading harbors as you go through the harbor.  Admire modern architecture at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall which has a waved roof that is in harmony with its waterfront position. Hear your guide reveal how Hamburg got the nickname “the Pearl.” Let your guide tell you about Hamburg’s rich republican tradition, its cosmopolitan heritage, its mercantile success and its musical pedigree. Finish your tour by the water on Am Sandtorkai street.

Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Private Historical Walking Tour

3. Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Private Historical Walking Tour

Start your tour in front of one of Hamburg’s most beautiful architectural marvels, the neo-renaissance town hall. From there, trace the path of the Great Fire of 1842 to see where it all started in the picturesque Deichstrasse, one of the oldest parts of Hamburg to survive the firebombing of the Second World War. Along the way, your expert guide will show you how disaster has shaped the city on the Elbe, from fires to floods, and war to cholera. The fact that Hamburg is still standing might be the most surprising fact you learn on this tour! But don't just focus on doom and gloom. Learn how the great ambitions of Hamburg’s titans of industry, Salomon Heine and Albert Ballin, gave Hamburg the progressive traditions that have seen it thrive not only economically, but socially as well. Finish your tour by the gleaming new Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s stunning new Philharmonic. Visit the building for free after the tour, or continue your Hamburg adventure in any number of cafes and restaurants with a view over the harbor.

Hamburg: Self-Guided Grindel District Interactive Tour

4. Hamburg: Self-Guided Grindel District Interactive Tour

On this interactive tour through the Grindel District, get to know the former Jewish Quarter. See historic monuments and significant Jewish cultural sites. Learn more about the Jewish community in Hamburg as you discover the personalities and institutions that shape community life today. Play at your own pace as you solve puzzles and learn about the important spots in the former Jewish Quarter through the diary of Tamar's grandmother. Tamar was born in Tel Aviv but has never forgotten her roots in Hamburg. Tamar’s grandmother lived in the Grindel District before she emigrated to Israel after the war. She never spoke about her experiences during World War II, but her diaries speak volumes. Only after her grandmother’s death did Tamar come into possession of her diaries and records, which she has been studying ever since and include handwritten entries, hard-to-read notes, old photos, and faded sketches. Unfortunately, Tamar cannot come to Hamburg herself to explore her family’s history. To shed light on the darkness of the past, Tamar needs your help.

Hamburg: Self-Guided Grindel District Tour with Quiz Game

5. Hamburg: Self-Guided Grindel District Tour with Quiz Game

Get to know Hamburg's former Jewish Quarter, the Grindel District, on this self-guided interactive tour. See historic monuments and important Jewish cultural sites. Learn more about the Jewish community in Hamburg as you discover the personalities and institutions that shape community life today. Play the quiz game, Trails of Time, at your own pace as you solve puzzles and learn about the important spots in the former Jewish Quarter through the diary of Tamar's grandmother. Tamar was born in Tel Aviv but has never forgotten her roots in Hamburg. Tamar’s grandmother lived in the Grindel District before she emigrated to Israel after the war. She never spoke about her experiences during World War II, but her diaries speak volumes. Only after her grandmother’s death did Tamar come into possession of her diaries and records, which she has been studying ever since and include handwritten entries, hard-to-read notes, old photos, and faded sketches. Unfortunately, Tamar cannot come to Hamburg herself to explore her family’s history. To shed light on the darkness of the past, Tamar needs your help.

Hamburg: U-Boot Museum and Cold War History Private Tour

6. Hamburg: U-Boot Museum and Cold War History Private Tour

Step inside the Soviet U-434, one of the largest submarines in the world, and learn about its fascinating history from your guide on a private tour of the U-Boat Museum. Explore the Port of Hamburg on a war-themed private walking tour and enjoy a pickup from your hotel. Begin your journey back in time at the Jan Fedder Promenade, which runs along the busy Elbe harbor. If you prefer, choose the 3-hour option and start your tour with a comfortable pickup from your hotel. As you stroll through the Port of Hamburg, learn about Hamburg’s involvement in wartime as one of Germany’s most important industrial centers. Hear about the air raids, codenamed Operation Gomorrah, that devastated much of the city, and see the Landungsbrücken, Pegeltrum, and Elbe Tunnel. Finish your guided walking tour at St Pauli Fish Market and head into a moored U–434 submarine that hosts the U-Boat Museum. Spend the next hour exploring this monumental Soviet submarine with your guide. Learn about its role in espionage in American waters during the Cold War era and enter the cramped space to explore the crew's living quarters, the officers' mess, and the engine and torpedo rooms.

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5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Fascinating & entertaining

I had already spent a little time becoming familiar with Hamburg and this tour pulled the history - both old and more recent - together. My guide Bob imparted his deep knowledge from both his research and lived experiences in Hamburg in an entertaining and engaging manner. I was also very grateful that Bob managed to give an English tour for myself and another English speaking traveller rather than me joining a dual-language tour with 17 German speakers. Thank you Bob - this was very accomodating and presented us with a great tour. Highly recommended!

Very good.

Bob, our Guide, was native American speaking. Profound knowledge and insight, great voice and good timing when telling stories through the city. With Bob, we could have spend the hole day. Thanks.

Very informative tour with the most interesting or entertaining parts of Hamburg's history picked out to tell. Many places that were pointed out, I later visited to spend more time there.

We had Bob as a guide and he was incredible well prepared and such a nice guide. Highest recommendation for Bob, but I am sure like always it is very depending on the guide!!

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