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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 and Former Concentration Camp

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover some of the city’s highlights, before visiting a former Concentration Camp, commemorating the lives of those who died in the Holocaust.

Your tour starts with a panoramic tour of Hamburg, covering some of the main highlights of this Hanseatic city. You’ll pass by sites including City Hall, Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange, St Michaelis Church, and the old warehouse quarter, which was built in Gothic redbrick architecture and houses fine spices, coffee and tea from all over the world. You’ll also pass through the elegant shopping area of Jungfernstieg.

As your panoramic drive continues, you’ll pass by the Jewish Cemetery that dates back to the early 1600’s, as well as the site where the new synagogue stood, until its destruction during World War II. A brief stop will be made at a Stolperstein ‘stumbling stone’, commemorative stones that were started by artist Guenter Demnig in 1992 in honour of victims of the holocaust.

Situated outside Hamburg is the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. The historical site commemorates over 100,000 people who were imprisoned in the largest concentration camp in north west Germany during World War II. Time permitting, free time will be given at the main exhibition entitled ‘Traces of History: Neuengamme Concentration Camp 1938–1945 and its Post-war History’, which focuses on the history of Neuengamme Concentration Camp and its satellite camps.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ - 2 hours of walking included over flat paved ground. The advertised itinerary may operate in reverse. Please be advised that the Museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war. The tour of Neuengamme will either be conducted by your tour guide or a museum guide.

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 brief photo stop at St Michael’s Church, before continuing past another cultural and urban landmark, 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 the City Hall, 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.

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 3 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.

Before returning to the ship you’ll take a leisurely stroll through the Krameramtsstuben, which was an earlier form of widow housing.

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.

 

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