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How to Spend 3 Days in Hamburg

How to Spend 3 Days in Hamburg

From craft beer tastings to scenic boat cruises, there’s plenty to do in Hamburg. Bike through different neighborhoods, see some street art, and venture out to the countryside—here’s how to spend three days in this northern German port city.

Day 1: City overview

Find your bearings in Hamburg with an introductory tour. For maximum flexibility and quick and easy transportation, purchase a hop-on hop-off bus pass that stops at top attractions such as St. Michael’s Church and the St. Pauli Fish Market—or go for a combo bus/boat package. Active travelers might prefer to see the Alster lakes and cycle along the Jungfernstieg promenade on a guided bike tour. Or, join a walking tour for an intimate glimpse of a neighborhood such as the Speicherstadt, HafenCity, the red-light district of Reeperbahn, or St. Pauli. 

Day 2: Culture tours and pub crawls

Discover Hamburg’s vibrant modern-day culture with a street art walking tour—follow a guide to see a variety of murals in neighborhoods such as Schanzenviertel and St. Pauli. Alternatively, connect with a local host for tips on what to do and where to go, and create a custom itinerary based on your interests. Later, embark on a sunset sailing cruise, then enjoy some local flavor on a pub crawl in Reeperbahn or a craft beer tasting in Sternschanze and St. Pauli. 

Day 3: Countryside escapes

Explore beyond Hamburg’s city limits with a day trip to the countryside. Learn about German history and culture from a guide while wandering around the 1,000-year-old town of Buxtehude and UNESCO-listed Lübeck. Tours often include landmarks such as Holsten Gate, St. Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, and Buddenbrook House.

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Discovery Ticket: Hop-on-Hop-off Tour, Harbor Cruise and Lake Alster Cruise

Discovery Ticket: Hop-on-Hop-off Tour, Harbor Cruise and Lake Alster Cruise

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Enhance your Hamburg experience with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by land and water! Aboard a double-decker bus, pass main city attractions and disembark at any of the 28 stops for close-up views of sights like St Michael Church and the renowned Reeperbahn red-light district. Your ticket includes two 60-minute boat trips through Hamburg’s historic harbor and Lake Alster. Do everything in one day, or spread the three activities over three consecutive days!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hamburg Half Day Walking Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private ★★★★★

Hamburg Half Day Walking Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private ★★★★★

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Explore Hamburg like a Hamburger with a local guide and enjoy the personal touch of a private tour. Make the most of your time in the city with a custom-made tour, taking in top attractions or little-known landmarks, and receive expert advice on where to go and what to do in Hamburg. Your guide will contact you in advance to discuss your needs and devise the perfect itinerary to suit your preferences.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.82
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Hamburg Red Light District Introductory Walking Tour

Hamburg Red Light District Introductory Walking Tour

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Get an insider's history tour of Hamburg's raucous Red Light District. Spend 1.5 hours strolling through the area in the evening, listening to your guide's commentary on landmarks such as the St. Pauli Theater, Schmidt Tivoli, and Hans Albers Platz.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private 5-Hour Hamburg Countryside Tour in a Large SUV

Private 5-Hour Hamburg Countryside Tour in a Large SUV

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Explore the hinterlands outside of Hamburg on this chauffeured SUV tour of the countryside and lesser-known towns. With enough room for four people (plus snacks and drinks along the way), the tour takes you to the 1,000-year-old town of Buxtehude, the oddly shaped city of Lüneburg and Lübeck, a gorgeous UNESCO-world-heritage listed town. Learn about the history and culture of each place you visit and get many insider's tips from the guide.
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  • 5 hours
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Guided Hamburg City Bike Tour

Guided Hamburg City Bike Tour

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Pedal your way around the harbour city of Hamburg on this sightseeing bike tour. Glide around the atmospheric St. Pauli district, pass the modern waterfront of the HafenCity and cruise through the Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s famous warehouse district. Jump off along the way to admire architectural landmarks like the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, St. Michael's Church and the Rathaus, and soak up the scenery along the waterfront Jungfernstieg promenade and the Alster Lakes.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Hamburg Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise on Lake Alster

Hamburg Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise on Lake Alster

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Explore the city of Hamburg, Germany with a 1-hour, small-group sunset cruise along the Alster. Enjoy a panoramic view of Hamburg from the lake, a right tributary of the Elbe River. See green parks, plenty of old buildings, some of the biggest churches in Hamburg, plus Alster fountain and the Elbphilharmonie, a new concert hall in the HafenCity quarter, in the distance. Relax, enjoy a refreshing beverage on board and admire the scenic view.
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  • 1 hour
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Craft Beer Tastings Tour in Hamburg

Craft Beer Tastings Tour in Hamburg

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You’re a serious beer enthusiast who wants to learn about the craft beer scene in Hamburg. On this small group tour, your group learns the rich history of brewing in Germany as well as the new styles of young, creative brewers. Enjoy tasting with like minded people as you walk from up and coming small establishments to larger brewpubs. 
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Alternative Hamburg Private Alternative Street Art Tour

Alternative Hamburg Private Alternative Street Art Tour

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Hamburg has so many awesome street art murals, it can be hard to find them all on your own when exploring. Leave it up to a guide to show you some of the city’s best works of street art during this Hamburg street art walking tour. Walk the Schanzenviertel and St. Pauli districts, and catch sight of local, national, and international artists' work. Your guide tells you the story behind the graffiti art and the artists.
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  • 2 hours
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