Things to do in Hamburg Metropolitan Region, Germany

Our most recommended things to do in Hamburg Metropolitan Region

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

1. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

See Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions from a unique perspective, float past impressive container ships, and discover the historic Speicherstadt District aboard a 1.5-hour cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

2. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

Admire Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions sparkling at night, marvel at the illuminated Speicherstadt District, and see impressive container ships up-close aboard a 1.5-hour evening cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your nighttime harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs beautifully lit up. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the shining Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity

3. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity

Discover Hamburg's iconic district of St. Pauli with a local drag queen guide. Hear them share their own unique experiences and stories of the district as they take you on a journey across the Reeperbahn, its main thoroughfare. Have a drink and follow your guide, walking past lively bars and trendy nightclubs. Find out what life was like in Hamburg’s most famous district, how it has changed, and how fascinating it is today. Hear how Germany’s most famous and colorful drag queen Olivia Jones speaks up for respect, diversity, and tolerance. Enjoy the witty remarks, quirky anecdotes, dazzling landmarks, as well as a cheeky drink. This tour combines the perfect mix of information, entertainment, stops, and sights. You’ll undoubtedly be all set for a fun night out in St. Pauli by the end of your tour.

Hamburg: Insider Tour of the Reeperbahn & St. Pauli

4. Hamburg: Insider Tour of the Reeperbahn & St. Pauli

Experience Hamburg's Red Light district with celebrities and Reeperbahn experts. Encounter people, like Udo Lindenberg’s legendary bodyguard, Eddy Kante, or iconic Red Light experts and bouncers like Fabian Zahrt. Meet drag queens, like Barbie Stupid, or historian and local expert, Doc Eva Decker. Experience Germany's most popular neighborhood tour, featuring the perfect mix of information, entertainment, sinful stops and sights, and a crazy sightseeing show. Pass by the world-famous Herbertstraße and the Davidwache police station before visiting a BDSM dungeon or a sex shop.

Sex and Crime in St. Pauli - tour for ages 18+

5. Sex and Crime in St. Pauli - tour for ages 18+

Discover Hamburg’s wild side on this sex and crime walking tour in the St. Pauli district. Hear interesting anecdotes and details from your guide about the lives and loves of the red light district as you visit its legendary spots. On your tour visit the “Zur Ritze” bar and learn how it got its name. Head down to the boxing club in the basement, where Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers trained. Find out where the famous local boxer disappeared to and why so many celebrities come to this rustic bar. See how women can walk down Herbertstrasse, and learn about the Nutella gang and its rivals, the GMBH gang. Discover who controls St. Pauli, who was the godfather in the neighborhood, and how the legal system works here. Find out if Jack the Ripper or someone similar was in Hamburg, and get entrance to a premier show club at the end of the guided tour.

Hamburg Harbor: Evening City Lights Barge Cruise

6. Hamburg Harbor: Evening City Lights Barge Cruise

Experience Hamburg's Harbor by the evening light on a traditional barge. Take a romantic round-trip voyage through the Hamburg Harbor and enjoy a cozy atmosphere with the illuminated silhouette of the city as your backdrop. Travel through the historic Speicherstadt (depending on the tide) and along the impressive illuminated container terminals. Hear interesting stories of the harbor's history with live moderation from the captain, while relaxing with a drink. Alternatively, pick one of the special tours that take place only occasionally. Choose the special Queen Mary II cruise to accompany Queen Mary II at the Cruise Terminal and then follow her along the River Elbe. During the boat ride, learn all about the ship from the professional guide. Or, celebrate the Anniversary of Hamburg Harbor onboard a traditional barge. Watch the opening parade to the festival unveil, as the weekend of celebrations will then follow.

Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

7. Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

The Hamburg Dungeon brings the darkest period's of the city's history to life in an entertaining way. The state-of-the-art special effects and professional actors provide a very special kind of live entertainment. The live actors step into historical roles and take you on a journey through 600 years of Hamburg's murky past in interactive shows. The visitor attraction in the historical Speicherstadt district presents 11 different shows on a 90-minute tour and offers plenty of action on 2 fun rides. Visitors can embark on an unusual journey on the "Elevator of Doom". You can also discover the dark years of the Plague or try to save the pirate Klaus Störtebecker from execution. Defend yourself before the mercy of the inquisition and face the revenge of a restless spirit - with a twinkle in the inquisitor's eyes and the opportunity for lots of fun.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

8. Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

Discover Hamburg on a harbor cruise and admire views of the warehouse district and HafenCity. See the city with the most bridges in Europe, with approximately 2,400 structures over water, canals, channels, and docks. Climb aboard the boat and discover the many different attractions and sights in the city, depending on the tides and the day's events. Explore the historical Speicherstadt (warehouse district) with its canals, the modern HafenCity, the numerous bridges over the Elbe River, busy locks and container terminals, the Köhlbrand Bridge, and much more. Along the way, learn more about the city, its history, the incoming and outgoing ships, and anything else that interests you. Sit back and admire the views of the city on the sun deck or in the air-conditioned lounge with large panoramic windows.

Bremen: Walking Tour in German with Night Guard

9. Bremen: Walking Tour in German with Night Guard

Discover the dark streets of Bremen accompanied by a night guard carrying a lantern, horn and axe. But be careful to stay with your group since no one knows what might happen. Learn more about the city's exciting past on a walking tour. Find out more about historical misconducts and the long-gone times of Bremen, an old Hanseatic city. Listen to stories unknown to the ordinary citizen, as only the night guard checked the proper closing of doors and gates. Travel back in time and visit the Bremen Market Square and the Böttcherstraße up to the Schnoor while listening to the tales told by the night guard.

St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour with Olivia Jones’ historian Eva Decker

10. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour with Olivia Jones’ historian Eva Decker

Experience St. Pauli's background with heart, mind, and humor thanks to the Kiez expert par excellence: Doc Eva Decker. The historian and curator of the former St. Pauli Museum explain history in a well-founded, exciting, funny, and entertaining way. From the oldest house on the so-called "Transenstrich," you can stroll through what is perhaps the most diverse neighborhood in Germany. Past notorious establishments, legendary music clubs, and lesser-known places such as the Taj Mahal St. Paulis. Follow your guide past lively bars like the famous Olivia Jones Bar. Walk past the St Pauli Museum, and the Davidwache Police Station, which has appeared in countless TV shows and movies. Find out what life was like in Hamburg’s most famous district over the years, how it has changed, and how it functions today. See locals doing their thing in one of the most famous nightlife districts in Europe.

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What people are saying about Hamburg Metropolitan Region, Germany

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 82,340 reviews

Excellent tour showing us all the sights of Hamburg. The only slight problem was finding where the bus started from after we got dropped off by the large lake in centre of city. Could have done with an information board.

Extremely friendly staff! Cheese and crackers were very tasty. Option of red, white and rose wine, each one was very good quality. Would recommend

My son and I had so much fun. The staff in workshop introduce the production in detail with interesting content. Good for both kids and adults.

Wry hard to find. Went onto google maps took us at other end of pier. Lucky to make it. Soon forgot about it as the trip was so enjoyable.

Eine besondere Art etwas mehr über Bremen zu lernen.