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Grand Harbor Cruise (1 hour) provided by Rainer Abicht Elbreederei

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Grand Harbor Cruise (1 hour)

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The Hamburg classic is the great harbor cruise with which one can experience the harbor uncomplicated. With the small barges it goes into the Speicherstadt (insofar as the water level permits) through the Hafencity and then into the container port and locks, the musical tent and the Elbphilharmonie over directly to the jetties. With the large passenger ships, you inquire about the entire container port, the Elbe beach, Firschmarkt and see the large container ships. Cruise ships are not uncommon. We will also drive with you past the musical King of the Lions and the Elbphilharmonie to finish the journey at the jetties. The trips last 1 hour each and are the absolute classic to discover the Port of Hamburg.
  • You'll start at
    Landing Bridge 1
    20359 Hamburg, Germany
    On top of the promenade, bridge 1 directly at the ticket office of the Rainer Abicht Elbreederei
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  • Pass by
    Harbor Piers
    Hamburger Fischmarkt
    HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT)
    Elbstrand Ovelgonne
    Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder
    Alter Elbtunnel
    Der Koenig der Loewen (The Lion King)
  • You'll end at
    Landing Bridge 1
    20359 Hamburg, Germany
    On top of the promenade, bridge 1 directly at the ticket office of the Rainer Abicht Elbreederei
    See address & details
Important Information
Departure Point
Landing Bridge 1, 20359 Hamburg, Germany
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Restroom on board
  • Live comment by the tour guide
  • Free ship choice even after the purchase
  • Guaranteed daily departures
  • At 12:00 (Easter to October) there is an English tour daily
  • 1-hour harbor tour by barge or passenger ship
  • Departures take place approximately every 30 minutes
  • Drinks and meals (can be booked on site)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Some of our passenger ships are barrier-free (River Star, Louisiana Star, MS Hamburg)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Michele A wrote a review Oct 2020
1 contribution
I booked the tour for the promised English language at 1200. I should have read the other reviews. The boat ride was in German, so complete waist of money and time. There was inside and outside seating, so when we got cold, we could sit inside.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Vladimiramirela wrote a review Dec 2019
Mississauga, Canada1,725 contribution397 helpful votes
In my opinion, also shared by my trip companion, this cruise was very good. We were provided a lot of explanations and details, in a more than reasonable English - which we came to really appreciate after being one day in Germany. The route goes by the docked commercial vessels,
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Date of experience: August 2019
Chloé wrote a review Oct 2019
Maldon, United Kingdom31 contributions23 helpful votes
We were after a boat tour in Hamburg of the port and a boat tour in Hamburg of the port is what we got. However we have no idea of what we saw. They guys that sold us it for €20 were informative and told us the time and we could chose an hour or two. We are very happy to have
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Foodlovingbrits wrote a review Sep 2016
Clarkesville, Georgia118 contributions17 helpful votes
With only 24 hours in Hamburg, we were delighted that we had chosen to take a harbor cruise. We opted for the smaller boat cruise (from Pier 1) even though it was in German. The English-narrated cruise offered close to the time we got there was on a larger boat that didn't cover
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Date of experience: September 2016
TheOFins wrote a review May 2016
Denver, Colorado55 contributions34 helpful votes
We delayed leaving Hamberg long enough to take the only harbor cruise in which English was spoken. We bought tickets immediately before the cruise was to leave. We were told that our boat was the Iris. The Iris left for a harbor cruise but the English speaking cruise never
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Date of experience: May 2016
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By: Rainer Abicht Elbreederei
Worthwhile tour
For October this was a sunny day and perfect to take a2 hour tour of the port. We were on board the Rainer Abricht.
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A harbour tour in Hamburg is mandatory
A harbour tour in Hamburg is obligatory and it is often discussed whether the one-hour tour is sufficient or whethe
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Poor and expensive
Bought this trip and was promised English guiding. This appeared to be an app to download with very little informat
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Port of Hamburg
We all loved getting to see the cranes at the docks operating. That was very cool. It was disappointing that the
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Pointless Tour!!!
Wish I hadn’t bothered. Not clear at time of booking tour was in German. Lighting on boat reflected on windows so d
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Lovely boat tour, great for a rainy day.
We took the smaller boat tour around the harbour, which was really lovely. The boat has seats and tables inside so
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Not what was advertised
I bought a ticket on the one hour tour. I wanted to check where the boat went after looking online, and was told by
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45 € for watching containers?!
In english, we asked for a cruise to see the Speicherstadt. However the person at the ticket office said he REALLY
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Organization? Nope
We really wanted to do a harbor cruise after seeing about it on TV. This company was the only one offering english
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great harbour tour
Large boat with in and outsideseats, snacks and drinks available, mostly german tours but ones or twice per day in
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Great tour incredible details and sites
There was an option as to which tour you could do at night one was more harbour focussed the other went to the Spei
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One hour trip
This is in the city end of Hamburg at the river elbe.Their is so many river boats/ships coming in and leaving at th
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Crowds on Land Sea
if you think that the only crowds are on land, think again. They are also packed onto the tour boats going up and d
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Chris H
Nice tour
As part of a bus tour of Germany, two adults took this boat tour of Hamburg harbor in May. Was excellent. Lasted ab
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Joseph M
Spicherstadt Great, the Rest?
Tides were right, so we were able to go through Speicherstadt which was great. Keep in mind that the Port of Hambu
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  • Duration: 1h
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  • Languages Offered: English, German
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