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Hamburg: Self-Guided Grindel District Interactive Tour

1. 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: 2.5-Hour Private Historical Walking Tour

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

3. 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.

Hamburg: City & Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

4. Hamburg: City & Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

Take in the multifaceted history of Hamburg with a private guided tour of the city and visit to the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. Soak up the history of Hamburg's old town center with your private driver and explore the Neuengamme memorial for two hours at your own pace with an audio guide. After being picked up from your hotel, start at the neo-renaissance Town Hall. Continue to the 14th-century Deichstrasse and St. Nicholas’s Church. Head into the medieval city and explore Hamburg’s trendiest district, Speicherstadt. Marvel at the modern architecture of the Elbphilharmonie. After the city tour, continue to the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. Starting in the main camp, visit the former barracks, the SS guardhouse, watchtower, and the House of Remembrance. Next, see three of Neuengamme’s preserved satellite camps: Bullenhuser Damm, Poppenbüttel, and Fuhlsbüttel. Explore the camp's Rose Garden for the Children of Bullenhuser Damm and the Peace Tree Memorial. Contemplate the stories of the more than 40,000 people who died here as a result of starvation, disease, forced marches, and brutal treatment before being dropped off at your hotel.

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: Guided Walking Tour in Danish

6. Hamburg: Guided Walking Tour in Danish

Gain insight into Hamburg's 1200-year history on a guided walking tour of the city in Danish. See important sights and listen to interesting stories as you make your way around Germany's largest port city. Originally a Saxon marketplace, Hamburg developed into a leading member of the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages and is today one of the world's largest ports, and a lively economic and cultural center. Join a licensed guide on a walking tour of the city to find out where Hamburg was founded and how it became what it is today. Learn why fire played such an important role in the city's development and why Hamburg's Old Town is actually quite new. Pass by Hamburg's impressive Townhall and see the St. Nikolai Memorial, a church bombed by Allied forces during Operation Gomorrah in 1943 which now houses a WWII memorial and museum. Visit the Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse district in the world. See Hamburg's residential and business district, HafenCity, and marvel at the imposing Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Your tour comes to an end here and offers the ideal opportunity for you to explore the Elbphilharmonie Plaza and public viewing platform on your own. 

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