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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.

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.

Medieval Lüneburg

Activity highShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Visit the medieval town of Lüneburg, situated on the River Ilmenau and discover this treasure, located south of Hamburg.

Enjoy an orientation drive of Hamburg including many of the city sights before transferring to Lüneburg.

Lüneburg city is rich in tradition and historically connected with salt – the ‘white gold’ of the Middle Ages. The salt mines made Lüneburg a rich and powerful town and an important member of the Hanseatic League. To appreciate the beauty of this medieval city, you’ll take a tour of the Old Town on foot. The many important historical buildings testify to the prosperity of the city in the Middle Ages. Even today, salt plays an important role in Lüneburg’s status as a spa town; many illnesses are treated through salt and water therapies.

During your walk through the city and small cobbled alleyways, you’ll be able to see buildings such as the historical town hall Rathaus, which was built around 1240.

Spend some time at leisure, exploring the medieval, quaint town centre with its numerous shops.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Journey time to Luneburg is estimated at 45-60 minutes each way. The orientation drive of Hamburg will be around 30-45 minutes. There is approximately two hours of walking included on this tour with steps. 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.

Snapshot of Hamburg

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Experience an ideal insight into Hamburg, the ‘Free and Hanseatic City’ and Germany’s second largest city after Berlin.

Hamburg is one of Europe’s biggest ports. Elegant and cosmopolitan it is a city of palatial office buildings, magnificent promenades, international musicals and extravagant shopping malls as well as the famous Reeperbahn. Hamburg is also Germany’s greenest city with many spacious lawns and lovely parks. Enjoy a panoramic tour showing you the highlights of this bustling city, such as Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange; the Speicherstadt; as well as the Jungfernstieg, one of the elegant and luxury shopping areas. Your journey continues through the Aussenalster, deemed one of the most desirable areas of Hamburg. Enjoy a photo stop at Hamburg's marvelous Town Hall, and the famous Stoplersteine, stumbling blocks. Continue your journey along the world famous Reeperbahn, where at the beginning of the 17th century, the Reepers made rigs. Nowadays this street, together with the Grosse Freiheit and Herbert Strasse, are referred to as ‘the mile of sin’. Visit St Michael’s Church, also known as the ‘Michel’ by the locals. This is the largest north German Baroque church and Hamburg’s main landmark. St Michael’s has 6 organs, 1 of which is said to be one of the largest in the world inside a church. During your visit, you’ll attend part of a Church service conducted in German, where you’ll be treated to a wonderful organ recital to appreciate the excellent acoustics of the church.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is mainly panoramic, with approximately 30-40 minutes’ walking, including a few steps at the Church.

The Beatles, Beer and Bratwurst

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

‘Come Together’ and follow in the famous footsteps of The Beatles and discover where the band first found fame in the early 1960’s.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your ‘Ticket to Ride’ as you follow on the trail of the ‘Fab Four’ in Hamburg. Have your camera at the ready as you pass by many of the City’s highlights including the century old Warehouse Quarter, Speicherstadt, City Hall and the Aussen-Alster, the top address in Hamburg where numerous consulates are located. You’ll also see the infamous Reeperbahn, also known as St Pauli, Hamburg’s ‘red-light district’ as well as the theatre and nightlife mile.

Your guide will host you on a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ to discover where the band first found fame and enjoy some tales about their early experiences. On the 18th August 1960, the band played their first concert as ‘The Beatles’ at the Indra Club.

As it’s been a ‘Hard Day’s Night’, you’ll enjoy a brief stop at a typical German “Imbiss” (food stand), where you’ll sample a tasty traditional “Bratwurst” to go.

Enjoy a German beer at a local pub or brewery, before you have to ‘Get Back’ to your ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes approximately 1½ hours of walking plus time spent standing at the Imbiss, food stand as there is no seating area available. Please note that the Reeperbahn area may offend those passengers of a more sensitive nature; street-people, women soliciting, and individuals under the influence of alcohol may be present.

 

A selection of cruises to Hamburg

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