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Hamburg Shore Excursion: Private Berlin Day Trip

Hamburg Shore Excursion: Private Berlin Day Trip
12 hours
USD 1618.64
<p>Spend your day in Germany on a private 12-hour tour with an experienced local guide as you walk the streets of Berlin. Walk beneath the Brandenburg Gate, stand on top of Hitler's Bunker, pass through Checkpoint Charlie, and explore the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Port pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included.</p>

Craft Beer Tastings Tour in Hamburg

Craft Beer Tastings Tour in Hamburg
3 hours 30 minutes
USD 40.76
<p>Enjoy this 3.5-hour craft beer tour in Hamburg. With your local guide, explore one of the smallest breweries in town as well as a larger brewery. Then, discover the nightlife in Sternschanze and learn about the long history of beer in the city. This tour includes craft beer tastings and snacks.</p>

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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 5.82
Frahm&rsquo;s life&rsquo;s work, which looks at first sight like a colourful picture book of all the stereotypes in Hamburg&rsquo;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 7.57
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 11.53
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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Guided St Pauli and Harbor Walking Tour in Hamburg

Guided St Pauli and Harbor Walking Tour in HamburgDuration:
2 hours 30 minutes
USD 13.97
Hamburg's world famous red light district stretches along either side of the Reeperbahn, the charmingly kitsch backbone of the proudly alternative St. Pauli. The 'Kiez' took shape right on the city limits, a home for outcasts and vagabonds who had nowhere else to settle. The legendary nightlife that makes it so popular highlights the tolerance of a neighborhood that has seen (and survived) it all: riots, prostitution, drugs, organized crime, world wars, booms and busts. Discover this quarter and the harbor that forms the heart of the city during a 2.5-hour guided walking tour. The tour includes travel via public transport (your own expense unless you have a free day ticket). <br /><br />The maximum tour group size is 40 people. Also, the maximum per booking is 9 people.

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Guided Pub Crawl Tour of Hamburg

Guided Pub Crawl Tour of HamburgDuration:
4 hours
USD 13.97
Hamburg's Reeperbahn is the place to be if you are looking for a fun night out. Join this guided Pub Crawl, complete with five cool bars and clubs. You will enjoy free shots and drink specials at each stop. End the night with VIP entry to a hot club where you can dance the night away!

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Hamburg St Pauli Walking Tour

Hamburg St Pauli Walking TourDuration:
2.5 hours
USD 13.97
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 13.97
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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Hamburg Hop-on Hop-off Tour - Red Double Decker

Hamburg Hop-on Hop-off Tour - Red Double Decker Duration:
1 day
USD 20.38
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 Apr 2017