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Maritime Hamburg

The whole world in a harbour

Do you fancy water, harbour flair and big boats? Then you are in the right place near the Elbe. No matter whether you want to go on your own - or want to experience the highlights of the harbour birthday or cruise days: We tell you when and where you can enjoy maritime flair in its purest form in Hamburg. Explore the harbour from the water, or by foot on a guided tour that shows you Hamburg's maritime highlights. Get a taste of cruise air and marvel at the large barges that enter the harbour every day.

Discover in Hamburg Maritime sights

The list of maritime sights seems almost endless - about time for a valuable overview.

Maritime sights
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Where to watch ships

In Hamburg, the best and most well-known ocean liners in the world regularly enter and leave the harbour, which makes Hamburg a popular place for ship-spotters - 12 months out of the year.

Where to watch ships
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Explore the port of Hamburg Harbour Round Trips

When you visit Hamburg, don't miss a boat cruise through the harbour. Whether you take a hop-on, hop-off launch ride, an atmospheric round trip in the evening or a high-speed tour - there's something for every taste.

Harbour Round Trips
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Picturesque small harbour at the Elbe river Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

The museum harbour Oevelgönne is a wonderful destination for young and old on the Elbe beach. Around 20 classic ships are moored at the Neumühlen quay.

Museum Harbour Oevelgönne
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Shipping & Cruises

Experience the metropolis on the Elbe before or after your cruise or just watch the ships. Be there live and up close when the most amazing cruise ships arrive at Hamburg's cruise terminals.

Shipping & Cruises

Hamburg's maritime places

For explorers, there are plenty of maritime places to discover in Hamburg! Start at the Landungsbrücken for a leisurely tour of the harbour, past giant container ships and historic sailing vessels. Explore the Speicherstadt with its red brick facades, dreamy canals and unique museums. Or be impressed by the modern HafenCity, home to the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, which offers breathtaking view of the city and harbour. Check out these and many more maritime spots in Hamburg:

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Sundays 5 to 9 am Fish Market

Every Sunday morning since 1703 Hamburg's most traditional market has been trading in just about anything and everything that isn't nailed down.

Fish Market
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Hamburg's water station. Landungsbrücken

The floating dock - called the "Landungsbrücken" (landing stages) – is 700 metres long. Harbour tours and the HADAG steamers to Finkenwerder,…

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UNESCO Heritage Site Speicherstadt

An unmissable attraction in Hamburg: The large harbour tour takes you through the canals of Speicherstadt.

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HafenCity combines tradition and modernity in a unique symbiosis. A true architectural and cultural delight! Attractions such as Miniatur Wunderland,…

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Port of Hamburg

About 8,000 ships from all over the world call at Europe's second largest port. From Hamburgs cruise ship terminal to the historic Speicherstadt and…

Port of Hamburg
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Outstanding German civil engineering Alter Elbtunnel

When the old Elbe Tunnel, also called St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel, opened in 1911, it was a technical sensation. Today, it is a nostalgic and lovingly…

Alter Elbtunnel
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A ship that has seen the world Museum Ship RICKMER RICKMERS

The museum ship RICKMER RICKMERS in the Hamburg harbour is a floating monument reminding of the times of the great windjammers in Hamburg, open daily…

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A piece of the hamburg harbour panorama Cap San Diego

The White Swan of the South Atlantic - The "Cap San Diego" was built in 1961 as a cargo ship and has been a museum ship with a fixed berth at the…

Cap San Diego
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Stroll, relax and watch the ships on the Elbe beach Elbe beach

The Elbe beach near Övelgönne is a pretty hot tip in summer. When the temperatures rise and the sun burns, nothing is more refreshing than a jump into…

Elbe beach
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Goods from all over the world Container terminals

Approx. 85 million tons of goods are shipped daily at the four terminals of Europe's second largest container harbour.

Container terminals
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The history of shipping Deutsches Hafenmuseum (German Harbour Museum) - Location: Shed 50A

Hamburg's history as an important transhipment point for the shipping industry can be experienced with exciting guided tours and many exhibits in the…

Deutsches Hafenmuseum (German Harbour Museum) - Location: Shed 50A
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This is how cheap a harbour tour is Harbour ferries in Hamburg

With the HADAG harbour ferries, you can explore Hamburg wonderfully from the water.

Harbour ferries in Hamburg
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The Elbe

You can experience the "big pots" - big ships - up close at numerous places along the Elbe. Apart from the Landungsbrücke and the fish market, there…

The Elbe

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Altona Museum

More information about the history of the popular Hansa city as well as Schleswig-Holstein can be found in the Altona Museumin Hamburg. You can learn a great deal about the art and cultural history of North Germany as well as about the fishing industry and seafaring.

Altona Museum

Altonaer Museum

Museumstraße 23
22765 Hamburg

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Cap San Diego

The White Swan of the South Atlantic - The "Cap San Diego" was built in 1961 as a cargo ship and has been a museum ship with a fixed berth at the Überseebrücke in Hamburg since 1986.

Cap San Diego

Cap San Diego

20459 Hamburg

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Deutsches Hafenmuseum (German Harbour Museum) - Location: Shed 50A

Hamburg's history as an important transhipment point for the shipping industry can be experienced with exciting guided tours and many exhibits in the authentic harbour museum.

Deutsches Hafenmuseum (German Harbour Museum) - Location: Shed 50A

Deutsches Hafenmuseum - Standort Schuppen 50A

Australiastraße (Kopfbau des Schuppens) 50A
22457 Hamburg

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Emigrant Museum BallinStadt

The emigrant museum BallinStadt in Hamburg opens its doors and shows in its exhibition the emigration history from four epochs.

Emigrant Museum BallinStadt


Veddeler Bogen 2
20539 Hamburg

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German Customs Museum

The old customs office of Kornhausbrücke houses the history of customs from ancient times to the present day: Come and marvel at the smugglers' hide-outs, uniforms and even a disused customs cruiser and much more...

German Customs Museum

Deutsches Zollmuseum

Alter Wandrahm 16
20457 Hamburg

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International Maritime Museum

Kaispeicher B in Hamburg's Speicherstadt is home to the world's largest private collection of maritime treasures from 3000 years of shipping and naval history.

International Maritime Museum

Internationales Maritimes Museum

Koreastraße 1 , Kaispeicher B
20457 Hamburg


Further maritime travel and experience offers

Reisepaket: Hamburg für Entdecker
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Hamburg for explorers On water, on land and on foot

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Hafenrundfahrten Hamburg Tickets
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Harbour tours Maritime Experiences

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Alsterrundfahrt Tickets
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Alster boat trips Hamburg's Blue Centre

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Package: Buzzing City by the Water
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Buzzing City by the Water Discoverer Experience

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour on a red double-decker
  • 1-hour harbour tour on the Elbe
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You should not miss this! Unique events this year in the port of Hamburg

Hamburg has a lot of exciting maritime events to offer. We provide you with moments of happiness on the water and bring you comfortably to the Hanseatic city. Whether right in the middle of the action or on a ship away from the hustle and bustle with a view of the colorful hustle and bustle - we have the right all-round carefree package for you.

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Hafengeburtstag Angebot 2024
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835. PORT ANNIVERSARY Hamburg 2024 - on the MS Lousiana Star Arrival 10.05.2024

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PORT ANNIVERSARY Farewell with a tall ship parade

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You should see this Sights in Hamburg

A short holiday in Hamburg also means sightseeing in Hamburg. Whether the Elbe Philharmonic, Landungsbrücken or Hamburg City Hall - they and many other sights are simply part of a trip to Hamburg. The easiest way to explore Hamburg's sights is on a sightseeing tour with the striking double-decker buses.

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On the trail of the past Historical Hamburg

Hamburg is marked by its historical heritage: the most famous buildings are the Chilehaus and the Kontorhäuser on Burchardplatz, but the Sprinkenhof, Mohlenhof and Meßberghof are also popular tourist destinations. But the Old Elbe Tunnel remains undisputed. Discover historical Hamburg now!

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Parks and outdoor areas Green Hamburg

Far away from the Elbe and Alster, Hamburg also offers many other places for relaxation, play and sports in large, modern but also historic areas.

Green Hamburg

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