Hamburg - The City on the Water

Hamburg: Events on the Water

Open-air festivals, concerts, readings, parties, masquerade balls, concert films and poetry slams - all with the Elbe as their backdrop. One melody follows the next along the coast; one event follows the next. No one ever gets out of step! The beat always goes on - and it's never quiet. Whether you're attending MS DOCKVILLE, the Elbjazz or Elbfest, the highly popular Harbour Birthday or any of the concert films put on by the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg's city coastline encourages togetherness. Young, old, big and small will be infused with the very special energy of the Hamburg event scene. 

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Hamburg: Culture along the Water

Maritime museums, large concert halls, ships for partying and dancing - Hamburg's city coast has much to offer. Pulsating cultural highlights radiate their unique character out into the world. Spots like the Miniature Wonderland or the Elbphilharmonie draw both large and small visitors to the city, and Hamburg locals are likewise amazed.

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Hafenmuseum

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© Stiftung historische Museen Hamburg
Hafenmuseum
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Hamburg is life on the water

The summer of a century - right out of a picture book. And throughout Germany. But some places in northern Germany have a completely different reputation outside of their city borders. "Half of the year it rains, the other half has bad weather" - many people would agree with this adage. But due to this year's temperatures, all of Hamburg was outside spending time along the city's coasts. The Elbe and its refreshing breeze invites all comers to adventures and relaxation - while keeping sunstroke away!

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Elbe beach

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© mediaserver.hamburg.de / Andreas Vallbracht
Elbe beach
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Underway in Hamburg's Harbour

A closer look at the sparkling waterside shows what makes life on the water something so special. Ultimately, the Elbe is an ever-present part of our lives! With a stiff breeze behind the neck, you can practically see the ocean; seagulls constantly sing their praises of the city and its people. Only a few steps away from your doorstep, one foot in front of the next, going towards the warm sunbeams and the scent of sea salt - there you have it: The very special essence of Hamburg .

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Harbour Tour Abicht

Harbour Round Trip Abicht (2 hrs)

  • Detailed harbour tour
  • Starting at the Landungsbrücken
  • Following the vibrant quayside
  • Possibly cultural Speicherstadt
Harbour Round Trip Abicht (2 hrs)
To offer
From 21.00
Harbour Tour Abicht

A magical mix of wanderlust, adventure and freedom. The harbour tour takes in the Landungsbrücken jetties, originally built for steam ships, and passes veteran vessels such as the 'Rickmer Rickmers' before motoring through the warehouse district to the modern port in use today. Subject to tides/water level. Witness the activity of this hard-working port at close quarters – some 140 million tonnes of goods are transshipped here each year – and see the human, industrious, creative and cultural sides of the vibrant Hamburg quayside.

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Romantic Must-Do

Lichterfahrt

Gregor's Evening Light Cruises

  • Boat-ride after sunset
  • Sea of ​​lights at the edge of the harbour
  • Wonderful illuminated Speicherstadt
Gregor's Evening Light Cruises
To offer
From 20.00
Lichterfahrt

With “Gregor’s Lichterfahrt & Abendtörn” the boat rental and shipping company GREGORS provides a unique opportunity to discover Hamburg from the water side. Gregor’s 90-minute tour of lights and evening cruises take place after sunset and guide through the port and Speicherstadt. As soon as the container terminals are shrouded in countless lights and Hamburg’s Speicherstadt is romantically illuminated, this scenery of Hamburg impresses in a unique way.

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Harbour tour

Harbour Round Trip Ehlers (1 hr.)

  • Cosy harbour tour 
  • Starting at the Landungsbrücken
  • Following the vibrant quayside
  • Possibly cultural Speicherstadt

Harbour Round Trip Ehlers (1 hr.)
To offer
From 14.00
Harbour tour

A magical mix of wanderlust, adventure and freedom. The harbour tour takes in the Landungsbrücken jetties, originally built for steam ships, and passes veteran vessels such as the 'Rickmer Rickmers' before motoring through the warehouse district to the modern port in use today. Subject to tides/water level. Witness the activity of this hard-working port at close quarters – some 110 million tonnes of goods are transshipped here each year – and see the human, industrious, creative and cultural sides of the vibrant Hamburg quayside.

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2 Adults
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More Hamburg
Experience & Save

Free travel by bus, train & harbour ferries,
up to 50% discount on over 150 activities,
attractions and restaurants.

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Buzzing City by the Water

Buzzing City by the Water

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour on a red double-decker
  • 1-hour harbour tour on the Elbe
Buzzing City by the Water
To offer
From 128.00
including UNESCO World Heritage Site
Maritime Cultural Heritage

Maritime Cultural Heritage

  • overnight stay in a Hotel, with breakfast
  • guided tour Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
Maritime Cultural Heritage
To offer
From 131.00
The Alster - Hamburg blue middle

The Alster - Hamburg blue middle

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • 3- to 4-hour bike tour
  • 2-hour canal trip on an Alster boat
The Alster - Hamburg blue middle
To offer
From 141.00

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"Moin" & Welcome Hamburg Ahoi

Welcome to the Hansa City - or as we say, "MOIN!" - Discover our favourite restaurants & cafés and find out about many events and insider tips for your visit to the city on the Elbe.

Hamburg Ahoi
© ThisIsJulia Photography

The whole world's port. Maritime Hamburg

Desire for the water, harbour flair and large boats? Then you're in the right place so close to the Elbe. No matter whether you take off on your own or want to experience such highlights as the Harbour Birthday or Cruise Days, we tell you when and where you can enjoy Hamburg's maritime flair pure.

Maritime Hamburg
© Geheimtipp Hamburg

CITY AREA PORTRAIT All around the Alster

There is much to do around the Alster, one of the must-sees in our beautiful harbour city – Gründerzeit quarters and exclusive residential areas delight fans of architecture, joggers and cyclists. Many individual shops, cafés and restaurants invite visitors to linger. For a workout, for relaxation or just to take a stroll – the Alster is always a pleasant experience!

All around the Alster

You'll get wanderlust here: @hamburgahoi

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