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Hamburg Harbor Half-Day Tour by Bus

Hamburg Harbor Half-Day Tour by Bus
3 hours
USD 32.94
Join this 3-hour tour of Hamburg's harbor by bus. Travel from 'HafenCity' across the 135m long bridge 'Köhlbrandbrücke' to Hamburg's harbor and see container bridges, huge cranes as well as a glimpse of the cruise terminal from afar.

Hamburg Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise on Lake Alster

Hamburg Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise on Lake Alster
60 minutes
USD 35.78
Enjoy a 1-hour small-group sunset cruise on a traditional sailing boat in the middle of Hamburg. Set the sails and enjoy the panoramic views of Hamburg's city from a beautiful two master. No sailing experience from you is required! Your skipper will guide your tour on the Alster lake. Enjoy a cool drink (beer, bubbles, soft drink - one drink included in ticket) on board. Relax and escape from the hazzle of the city.

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Things to do in Hamburg if you have a Hamburg Airport Layover or Extended Hamburg Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Hamburg Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Hamburg.LayoverIdeas.com.

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Although HAM Hamburg Airport is located outside of the city centre, the train gets you into the city centre quickly and efficiently. There's lots to see and experience, so take advantage of any extra time to see what you can.

Go Planespotting

HAM Hamburg Airport is hugely popular with plane-spotters, is surrounded by Schrebergärten (meticulously maintained allotments), park lands, and open green spaces, crisscrossed by bicycle and walking trails. The popularity of this area is not only due to the many viewpoints, but also because Lufthansa Technik (Lufthansa's maintenance service) operates some large hangars on the airport, which means that the site is visited by a variety of rare and interesting aircraft.

Go for a Boat Ride

The best way to explore Hamburg's extensive waterways (Hamburg has more bridges than Amsterdam, Venice and London combined) is on a ferry or pleasure boat. A variety of boat tours lasting from 50 minutes to 3 hours depart regularly from the Jungfernstieg on the Inner Alster lake. The simplest and shortest tour is the Alsterrundfahrt or Alster tour that lasts 50 minutes and takes in the Inner and Outer Alster lakes.

Ride a Ferry

As a low-budget alternative for a boat tour on the river Elbe take a HADAG Ferry that is part of Hamburg's public transport system (HVV, see "Get around"). If you have already bought a HVV day ticket, the ride is free. Most tourists take the number 62 to Finkenwerder, via the museum harbour Övelgönne. The whole ride to Finkenwerder and return takes about an hour. In Finkenwerder, you can continue with another ferry to Teufelsbrück (Line 64 which is also part of the HVV).

Take an Art Walk Beneath a River

You can also walk through the tunnel Alter Elbtunnel from 1911 to the other side of the river Elbe and have great views from there. A lift or stairs bring you the 24 metres down into the tunnel. You then walk through one of its two 427 metre long pipes having 12 metres of water over your head. The tunnel is decorated with ceramic arts of maritime motifs (e.g. fish, mussels, seals, old boots). At the other side, you again walk up the stairs or take a lift. Go out and back to the river to "Aussichtspunkt Steinwerder" for great views on Landungsbrücken and the sights behind. You find the tunnel at Landungsbrücken in the building having the biggest green dome. Signs to "Aussichtspunkt Steinwerder" also point to it. For pedestrians and bicycles it is free and open all day and night, every day.

Stroll Around Schanzenviertel

This neighbourhood is situated right in between Sankt Pauli, Eimsbüttel, and Altona. Get out Sternschanze station and walk down Schanzenstraße southward to reach the vivid centre of Schanzenviertel. Students and immigrants from all around the world and young creatives give this quarter a unique and urban flair. During the last few years, Schanzenviertel became very popular among even wealthy people. The Schulterblatt street with the Rote Flora building and its galore of bars and restaurants represents the centre of Schanzenviertel. The Rote Flora used to be the last squatted house in Hamburg, it's now left to the squatters for free by the owner. During the week, it is turned into a café, concerts of various styles or other events may also take place. On some days there is cheap (mostly vegan) food available. You can sometimes find fantastic parties for small prices on Friday and Saturday.

Visit a Beach

There are a number of small beaches on the North side of the Elbe river between Övelgönne and Blankenese. Even though not common, it is safe to swim in the Elbe there (if you don't swim out too far). Watch out for surprisingly large waves created by large ships passing by and stay clear at least 50m of any structure in or reaching into the water! The best way to get to the most popular beach is to take the harbour-ferry bus from the Landungsbrücken station to Neumühlen/Övelgönne. In addition, there are a usually number of commercial beach clubs during the summer, usually between Fischmarkt and Övelgönne. Other than the name might indicate, these are bars open to the public.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to HAM Hamburg Airport and clear security in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Hamburg Attractions

Hamburg Erotic Art Museum

Hamburg Erotic Art MuseumDuration:
USD 5.68
Frahm’s life’s work, which looks at first sight like a colourful picture book of all the stereotypes in Hamburg’s Kiez nightclub district, turns out on closer examination to be a subtle, often ironic commentary. There is also a bar with local character, a piano and it is all surrounded by 650 works of Friedrich Frahm.

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Skip the Line: Panoptikum Hamburg

Skip the Line: Panoptikum HamburgDuration:
45 minutes
USD 6.82
Experience the fascination between wax and reality and explore Germany’s oldest wax figure exhibition. Enjoy skip-the-line access and discover over 120 famous personalities from history, culture, politics and show business.

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Hamburg Card

Hamburg CardDuration:
USD 10.79
With city-state traditions reaching back for centuries, Hamburg has always played a special political and cultural role in Germany's history.

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Hamburg St Pauli Walking Tour

Hamburg St Pauli Walking TourDuration:
2.5 hours
USD 13.63
Delve into the history and culture of Hamburg's most famous district on this evening walking tour of St Pauli. Hear of the area's origins from your guide, and visit top St Pauli attractions including the legendary Davidwache police station, the Hamburg Fish Market building and the Reeperbahn red-light district, where all the exciting nightlife happens. You'll also see some places where The Beatles started their career and enjoy an optional ferry ride around Hamburg's harbor, one of the busiest ports in Europe.

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Hamburg Reeperbahn Pub Crawl

Hamburg Reeperbahn Pub CrawlDuration:
4 hours
USD 13.63
Experience Hamburg's lively nightlife on a pub crawl through St Pauli and the world-famous Reeperbahn red-light district. Enjoy drink specials and revel in the comradery as your host takes you to a variety of different bars and pubs, such as Bar 99 Cent, Roschinsky's, Sommersalon and Thomas Read Irish Pub, ending at a nightclub on Grosse Freiheit.

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Skip the Line: Panoptikum Hamburg Including Guided Small-Group Tour

Skip the Line: Panoptikum Hamburg Including Guided Small-Group TourDuration:
90 minutes
USD 13.63
Discover the Panoptikum Hamburg in a 90-minute guided small-group tour and be fascinated by the incredible waxworks in Germany’s oldest wax figure exhibition. Enjoy skip-the-line access and discover over 120 famous personalities from history, culture, politics and show business.

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Hamburg Pub Crawl Tour

Hamburg Pub Crawl TourDuration:
4 hours
USD 17.04
<p>Join this public 4-hour Pub Crawl tour in Hamburg every Saturday night at 9pm in St. Pauli. Enjoy a welcome drink, one free shot in every location, free entry into all locations and free shots all night long on the ways to the bars.</p>

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Hamburg Hop-on Hop-off Tour - Red Double Decker

Hamburg Hop-on Hop-off Tour - Red Double Decker Duration:
1 day
USD 19.88
See the best of Hamburg on an easy and convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! The perfect do-it-yourself tour in Hamburg, the hop-on hop-off tour allows you to see Hamburg's top attractions at your own pace aboard a comfortable double-decker bus with commentary in English and German. Stop at all the major attractions, including St Michael Church, the St Pauli Fish Market and the infamous Reeperbahn red-light district! You also have the option to upgrade your ticket with a one-hour harbor cruise which provides great views from the water.

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Last Updated: 23 Feb 2016