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About Hamburg

On the banks of the Elbe River, 70 miles inland from Travemünde, lies the city of Hamburg.  This cruise destination was once a one-time Hanseatic League port, which was founded over 1,000 years ago. Emerging from superb post-war restoration it became a prosperous celebration of a proud civic spirit, of striking architecture both modern and ancient, of an epic history and splendid art, of cosmopolitan shopping, dining and nightlife.

Cruises to Hamburg have plenty to offer. The city's two Alster lakes, hundreds of canals and spacious parks, the grandeur of its church steeples and great City Hall belfry, its sense of energy and confidence - all contribute to the subtle appeal of the imposing city.

 

Shore excursions in Hamburg

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bergen-Belsen Former Concentration Camp

Activity highShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Gain an understanding of the holocaust and pay respects to the victims.

Pay a sombre visit to the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, where Anne Frank and her sister Margot were among more than 50,000 people who died in appalling conditions.

Admire some of Hamburg’s most famous landmarks on a panoramic drive through the city before heading into the county of Lower Saxony where the Bergen-Belsen memorial and information centre is found.

Join a walking tour of the site, which is now a place where people come to respectfully commemorate the lives of those who died during the holocaust. Your expert guide will reveal the shocking stories of the prisoners and their captors as you visit the Obelisk, the Room of Silence, the Wall of Names and Anne Frank’s symbolic grave.

Spend a little free time reflecting on the poignancy of this place, observe the artefacts in the information centre and perhaps take in some of the emotional audio/visual interviews with camp survivors.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 3 hours of walking on this tour, some of which is over uneven ground. There are also steps to negotiate. The journey to Bergen-Belsen takes approximately 1¾ hours each way. Please be advised that the Museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war. The tour of Bergen-Belsen will either be conducted by your tour guide or a museum guide.

Free Time at 3 Sights

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

A hassle-free way to explore three intriguing parts of the city at your own pace.

Combine freedom with convenience on this experience as you’re whisked between three of Hamburg’s interesting spots, with time to explore each one independently.

Immerse yourself in the UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse district in the world. Marvel at the gigantic red-brick Gothic buildings and perhaps take a leisurely stroll to the Elbphilharmonie, a spectacular concert hall perched on top of an old warehouse.

Behold the fantastic panoramic views from your next destination: the St Pauli Landungsbrücken, where ships used to dock at the height of emigration to the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries. Fancy a walk under the water? Stroll through the 1,400-foot-long Elbe Tunnel, which links the two riverbanks.

Finally, visit the liveliest place in Hamburg – the Town Hall Square. Admire the beautiful Neo-Renaissance City Hall and perhaps wander over to the Jungfernstieg area to browse the many shops there, or simply treat yourself to a drink by the water.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. A tour assistant will be on hand to provide practical information about where and when to meet for the onward transportation. Please note that the assistant is not a tour guide. A map of Hamburg will be provided. No entrance fees are included in the tour price. The order of sites may vary. There is a charge for the use of public toilets.

Free Time at 3 Sights

Hamburg by Land and Lake

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

An easy-going way to explore the city on land and on the water.

Get to know the diverse districts of Hamburg from two different perspectives during a laid-back experience. Relax on a panoramic drive through the heart of the city and gaze out at the myriad monuments pointed out by your guide. Marvel at the grand, green-roofed City Hall. Admire the red-brick Gothic buildings in Speicherstadt – the largest warehousing quarter in the world – and behold the dazzling Elbphilharmonie concert hall, which perches on top of one of the gigantic warehouses here. Pass by the Jungfernstieg luxury shopping area and the infamous Reeperbahn in the red light district before you arrive at Alster Lake and set off on a gentle boat cruise on the Inner and Outer lakes. Your guide will share their local knowledge of the city as you glide by Hamburg’s most exclusive residential areas, admiring the mansions on the shore.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There is a short walk of 20-50 metres to board the boat. Guests are required to negotiate approximately 3 steps to board the boat. Please note that the boat cannot accommodate wheelchairs.

Hamburg by Land and Lake

Hamburg Highlights and Miniature Wonderland

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

See some of Hamburg’s highlights, followed by a visit to one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Northern Germany – Miniature Wonderland.

Embark on a panoramic drive of Hamburg, during which you’ll see some of the city’s most important sites including Germany’s oldest stock exchange and St Nicolai Church.

Pause to capture photos of the impressive Neo Renaissance Rathaus which is today the seat of the Government of Hamburg. Afterwards, continue driving through Hamburg’s most famous street, the Reeperbahn, today one of the world’s largest red-light districts and home to yet another architectural marvel, the Dancing Towers.

Enjoy a panoramic drive passing St Michael’s Church and the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s spectacular Concert Hall

The highlight of your tour will be a visit to Miniature Wonderland, the world’s largest model railway collection and a true work of art. The fully digitally controlled HO scale (1:87) layout has the latest equipment to control the trains and lights. Expanding on a daily basis, you’ll find around 1,000 engines hauling over 15,000 different carriages controlled by nearly 60 computers, on more than 15,000 metres of track. Since its opening in 2000, Miniature Wonderland has become a ‘must see’ for locals and visitors to the city; you can witness how a whole day is simulated in 15 minutes – from dawn to dusk. Marveling at the detailed layout and master engineering, it isn’t difficult to understand why the adults, rather than children, don’t want to leave the exhibition!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour. The visit to Miniature Wonderland is self-guided; however your guide will be on hand to answer any questions. The visit to Miniature Wonderland lasts approximately 2 hours.

Lübeck and Niederegger

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Explore the beautiful medieval town of Lübeck and enjoy a taste of Germany’s finest marzipan.

Once known as the ‘Queen of the Hanseatic League’, Lübeck is steeped in history and tradition and is, quite simply, beautiful. The old town on its oval island is one of the most impressive, intact examples of medieval Gothic architecture.

Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walk of the Altstadt (old city) with the Holsten Gate. Pass by St Marien Church and the Gothic Rathaus, one of the oldest in Germany. You’ll continue past the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, as well as the Buddenbrooks House, home of the famous writers Heinrich and Thomas Mann, both born in Lübeck. Another fascinating attraction that you will see is one of the 82 quaint “Wohngaenge” (alleyways), which are renowned in the town.

Visit the famous Café Niederegger, where you may enjoy coffee or tea and Niederegger’s popular marzipan gateau. There will also be time for you to stock up on Niederegger’s large selection of chocolate-coated marzipan.

Essential information

Journey time to Lübeck is estimated at 75 to 90 minutes each way. There is approximately 2 hours’ walking included throughout the guided walk within this tour, with steps and uneven ground. Flat, comfortable, walking shoes are recommended. Whilst comfort stops at restaurants are usually free of charge, a donation is common. Please be aware that there is usually a charge of approximately Euro 50 cents at public facilities. Please note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

 

A selection of cruises to Hamburg

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