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Alster Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour on the double-decker Line A sightseeing bus in Hamburg. Travel along the Speicherstadt (warehouse city) and harbor city to the shopping areas of the town. Gain valuable insights into the city and its history with live commentary from your guide. Hop aboard with your day ticket that enables you to hop on and hop off at 20 bus stops. See the wonderful villas in Harvestehude, the Outer Alster lake, the city hall, museums, the famous Reeperbahn, and the harbor. Get information in your own language with a GPS steered audio system that offers crystal-clear narration in 11 languages via headsets. Lean back and enjoy the all-around view. In nice weather, the bus goes open top to allow you unobstructed views.

Hamburg: Sightseeing Canal Tour Along the Alster

2. Hamburg: Sightseeing Canal Tour Along the Alster

Travel along the winding canals of the Alster on this sightseeing boat tour. Journey a short distance away from the city center and witness the idyllic greenery that graces residential areas bordering the Alster. Learn more about the history of Hamburg and the famous Alster as you glide along this watery itinerary. Glimpse the rustic shrub gardens and unspoiled shoreside of Hamburg. Discover impressive panoramic views while you relax on this cruise. Choosing this unique program will lead you through the noble suburbs of the Hanseatic city, and experience the beautifully kept villas, hidden parklands, and luxurious penthouse flats. The water route is the best way to discover this mysterious side of the city.

Hamburg Combo: Hop On Hop Off & Water Ticket / Harbor Cruise

3. Hamburg Combo: Hop On Hop Off & Water Ticket / Harbor Cruise

Create your own sightseeing tour: wherever you want to stop, you can just hop off the bus and then hop back on later. Combine your 1-day ticket for sightseeing tour Line A with a water ticket. You can choose a  water program on the Elbe or Alster.  You can choose between: • 1-hour harbor cruise (St. Pauli piers 1+4) • 1-hour Alster tour (Jungfernstieg jetty)

Hamburg: Stand Up Paddling - SUP Board Rental

4. Hamburg: Stand Up Paddling - SUP Board Rental

Experience Hamburg from a unique perspective with a stand-up paddleboard. Meet your instructor and receive a thorough safety briefing where you’ll learn the basic techniques of paddleboarding, before heading out on the water. Explore the channels of the Alster at your own pace, or get some tips from the instructor before you set off on your own adventure. Paddle along the Alster channels and admire the great views of the villas on its shores. Paddle to the lake in the Stadtpark, where you can take some time to relax and listen to some live music in the summertime.

Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

5. Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

Sail past the famous Alster Fountain and under the Lombards bridge directly to the Outer Alster. See beautiful residential areas and sights, such as the Hotel Atlantic, Blue Mosque, U. S. Consulate General, or Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Discover the city´s stunning panorama with its church spires and bridges, as well as the natural life along the lakeside with its many water birds and rare plants.

Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Family Ticket

6. Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Family Ticket

Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Hamburg to explore the city’s highlights with a family ticket, valid all day long for up to 2 adults and 3 children aged 6 to 14. Hop on and off wherever you want to discover all the sights. Make multiple stops and create your own itinerary for a perfect day of sightseeing. Stop to learn more about the exciting history of the Speicherstadt or visit the Miniatur Wunderland model railway. Visit the famous Reeperbahn, climb the beloved St. Michaelis Church to admire Hamburg from above, or browse the shops along Jungfernstieg. With this family ticket you can experience it all. Bus stops: 1: Kirchenallee/Main station 2: Marco Polo Terraces/HafenCity 3: Kehrwiederspitze (Historic warehouse district) 4: The piers of St. Pauli 5: Reeperbahn 6: St. Pauli Piers/S railway station 7: St. Michaelis Church (Michel) 8: Rathaus/Reesendamm - opposite the town hall 9: Goose Market 10: Town hall/Reesendamm 11: Gerhardt Hauptmann Square 12: Kirchenallee/Main station, east side 13: Wooden dam/Hotel Atlantic 14: Beautiful view/Outer Alster 15: Hotel Alsterperle

Hamburg: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus City Tour

7. Hamburg: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus City Tour

Discover Hamburg your own way with a Hop-on hop-Off ticket. Get on and off the bus whenever you want, at any of the stops, and take as much time as you like to see the interesting attractions. You can also take it easy, stay on the bus, and enjoy the view as you ride around the city. Take a break at the St. Pauli Piers and visit the Hard Rock Café. Visit the exciting historical warehouse district and the Miniatur Wunderland model railway, or take a tour around the harbor. Stroll across Hans Albers Square along the Reeperbahn, all the way to Große Freiheit (Great Freedom) on the newly dedicated Beatles Square. Scale the beloved St. Michaelis Church and admire Hamburg from above. Admire the imposing City Hall, and give in to your shopping urges in the stores along magnificent Jungfernstieg. Stroll around the Outer Alster Lake and admire its beautiful views, and find out how much green space this Hanseatic city has to offer. Bus Stops: 01 : Kirchenallee/Central Station 02 : Marco Polo Terraces/HafenCity 03 : Kehrwiederspitze (Historic warehouse district) 04 : St. Pauli Piers 05 : Reeperbahn 06 : St. Pauli Piers/S-Bahn station 07 : St. Michaelis Church (Michel) 08 : City Hall/Reesendamm - across from City Hall 09 : Gänsemarkt 10 : City Hall/Reesendamm, City Hall side 11 : Gerhardt Hauptmann Square 12 : Kirchenallee/Central Station, east Side 13 : Holzdamm/Hotel Atlantic 14 : Beautiful View/Outer Alster 15 : Alsterperle Hotel

Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

8. Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

The crew will welcome you aboard the sailing ship for your private cruise on the Alster River in Hamburg. Under the guidance of your experienced skipper you’ll enjoy, explore, and experience Hamburg from the water. Experience a fantastic sailing trip with a unique maritime flair in the heart of Hamburg. The skipper can customize the tour to suit your interests. You can decide how much time you want to allot to water sports, entertainment, and information. Discover a pirate treasure at the top of a church tower, a bridge named after a U.S. president, the White House in Hamburg, a seamen’s church far away from the harbor, and a mosque far away from the Islamic world. This and much more awaits you on the tour!

Aussenalster: Celebs, Waterfronts and Nature Cycle Tour

9. Aussenalster: Celebs, Waterfronts and Nature Cycle Tour

Cycle through the green suburbs with their animal and plant diversity and magnificent villas. Check out the multicultural district of St. Georg with artists' quarters, colorful gastronomy, and shop scene. Follow a CityMap through Dammtor to Pöseldorf-Rotherbaum, past consulates, residences and the parks of Harvestehude, Krugkoppel, Fernsicht, Leinpfad, Winterhuder Stadtpark with a planetarium viewing platform. Ride through Stadtparksee, Liebesinsel, Goldbekufer, Winterhuder Canal, Uhlenhorst with the fabulous Blue Mosque and a unique distant view of the skyline of Hamburg's Old and New Town. Don't miss out on Feenteich, Schwanenwijk and Mundsburger Brücke.

Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

10. Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

Begin your guided sightseeing tour of Hamburg by boarding a wonderful yellow and red double-decker bus. You will then drive around the vast Alster Lakes, over the Jungfernstieg, and to the town hall on this hop-on-hop-off tour.  Along your journey, you will make 15 stops and have the chance to pause at each location, continuing on with a later bus if you wish. You will see many tourist attractions along the way, including St. Michel Church, the court of justice district, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Hafencity. You will also visit the fish market, St. Pauli Piers, and the beloved St. Georg district as your expert guide provides interesting facts and useful tips along the way. Weather permitting, the roof of the bus will be opened for fantastic city views.

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What people are saying about Alster Lake

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Das Kombiticket mit Alster- und Elbschifffahrt ist absolut empfehlenswert und zum Preis von 48 € Top. Es hat alles super geklappt. Bei der Elbfahrt kann man sogar aussuchen ob man mit der Bär kasse durch die Speicherstadt oder lieber mit dem grossen Schiff zu den Containerschiffen fahren möchte. Wir hatten die Barkasse gewählt, eine tolle Rundfahrt mit Comedieprogramm genossen! In den Bussen hatten wir immer einen Platz (ausserhalb von Ferien). Tipp: Falls man in den Park Planten un Blomen möchte bei der Bustour dort aussteigen, hier sind die öffentlichen Anbindungen nicht so gut wie an anderen Sehenswürdigkeiten.

I knew the Alster canal tour from previous visits to Hamburg and this time it was a birthday present for my sister-in-law. As always, simply beautiful, a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in this great environment.

Very nice bus tour with information in Danish, which gives a good overview of Hamburg. The harbor tour was also an experience, around the small canals and out into the harbor itself, among the large ships.

Sensational trip, even if the boat had to be changed in between. Battery almost empty. Sensational captain "Christian" who entertained the whole ship for three hours. Keep it up!!!

Really nice and relaxing tour. Took my 90 years old granny and she loved it. Really nice staff and nice drinks on board. Recommended!