Historic buildings in Hamburg, Germany
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Cruise to Hamburg, Germany

Known in German as Tor zur Welt — the Gateway to the World — Hamburg is Germany's most cosmopolitan metropolis. Come here to stand before architectural landmarks, like the towering neo-renaissance Hamburg Rathaus and the baroque Church of St. Michael. Cruise to Germany to experience the lively restaurant and bar scene along the River Elbe, and take in the maritime scenery of Hamburg Harbor, Europe's third-busiest port. Steep yourself in international influence in the Sankt Pauli district, which has a Chinatown that dates back to the 1890s. Or delight in the distinctly German character of Moenckebergstrasse, with its classic churches and old-school European vibe.
National Language Germany
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)

Things To Do in Hamburg

Frontal view of the town hall in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany, Town Hall

Gain a New Perspective

Gain a New Perspective

Hamburg has more museums than almost any other city in Europe, but the best way to gain an education is by visiting the historical sights themselves. Visit the Rathaus City Hall, with a 19th-century facade making for a perfect backdrop for selfies. Then, ascend the steps of the baroque Church of St. Michael to enjoy a panorama from 432 feet in the air.

A boat traveling through a canal in the famous Speicherstadt warehouse district in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany, Famous Speicherstadt Warehouse District

Venice of the North

Venice of the North

Did you know Hamburg has more canals than Venice? A Hamburg harbor boat trip is one of the most exciting things to do here. Cruise through the historical warehouses along the Speicherstadt canal for a breathtaking experience.

Beer in glass mugs in Germany

Hamburg, Germany, Beer in Glass Mug

Toast the World

Your Hamburg cruise probably won't stop in the middle of the night, but you can still appreciate the fun of the Sankt Pauli nightlife district. Many of its bars are open during daytime hours. Want to learn about the roots of the local brew? Check out Groninger Privatbrauerei, a baroque building where they brew a much-loved Pils.

A franzbrotchen pastry in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany, Franzbrotchen Pastry

Local Cuisine

Food in Hamburg has nothing to do with what you know as hamburgers. Herring is the most common fish here — it's served marinated in vinegar and fried as Brathering, a popular choice for lunch or dinner. Hamburger Hummersuppe, on the other hand, is a creamy lobster-based soup, while Hamburg sweets include sugary Franzbrotchen pastry and Hamburger Speck candies.

An assortment of souvenir beer steins in Germany

Hamburg, Germany, Souvenir Beer Steins

Shopping

In addition to being cosmpolitan and chic, Moenckebergstrasse is Hamburg's most iconic shopping street. Stop in at the aptly named Art of Hamburg near the harbour to find forward-thinking fashions and handcrafted bags and other accessories during your Germany cruise. Take a trip back in time at Walter Eisenberg der Mutzenmacher, a classic hat shop, or take home an ornate beer stein.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Hamburg is a huge city, so limit the scope of your sightseeing. Plan to stroll through Sankt Pauli or take a harbor cruise, but not both.
2 If the weather is good, consider taking advantage of the city's StadtRad bike rental service, which offers affordable rates to make it easy to explore Germany's most bike-friendly cities.
3 Though not among Hamburg's most popular attractions, the Elbe River beaches between Ovelgonne and Blankenese offers a quirky place to spend your Hamburg cruise break.

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