Tours & activities in Hamburg

Free Tour of Hamburg

Book the original Hamburg free walking tour and visit many of the city's highlights with a local guide

ABOUT THE Free Tour of Hamburg

Sitting on the River Elbe, Hamburg is known today as a port city, financial hub and hometown of German chancellor Angela Merkel. However, Hamburg's dramatic history belies the sense of calm you get from the city today. From tales of pirates and the Hanseatic League, to WWII air raids and the Great Fire, this 2.5-hour Hamburg Free Tour will show you how the city developed its special character, that sets it apart from the rest of Germany.

 

Your Free Tour of Hamburg starts at the Town Hall Square (Rathausmarkt) and finishes in HafenCity. Hamburg has always been open to adventurers and travelers from across the world, and we welcome you to enjoy its history, drama, and wild nights.

 

The city that was rebuilt again and again

Hamburg has had its fair share of hard times. From the Great Fire in 1842 to the allied bombing of the city at the end of WWII. After eight days of bombing, Hamburg was virtually destroyed. Today, we will show you some of the only remnants of what Hamburg looked like before 1943.

Hamburg’s great port

You might hear about Hamburg’s port once or twice on this tour but we can't help it - it has existed as long as the city has! Its strategic location means that it has been Central Europe's main port for centuries. In 1356, the Hanseatic League was established to protect economic interests and diplomatic privileges of merchants from affiliated cities and countries.

Hamburg is also home to the Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest warehouse district in the world. If you are keen on finding out more about this beautiful area, hop on our Speicherstadt and HafenCity tour!

Free Tour concept

The tips-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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The Hamburg Free Tour starts at the Town Hall Square (Rathausmarkt) in front of the Starbucks

  • See Hamburg’s magnificent City Hall that still houses its original governmental functions
  • Learn about the WWII bombing of Hamburg that destroyed the city
  • Visit Hamburg's medieval Church of St Peter
  • Walk along Deichstrasse and discover how the Great Fire of Hamburg started here
  • See St Nicholas Church, the second tallest structure in the city
  • Visit the inland port of Hamburg that is the oldest function part of the area
  • Stroll along the riverbanks of HafenCity
  • Cross the Trostbrücke bridge that runs through the medieval part of the city
PHOTOS

TOUR SCHEDULES

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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
  • Wheelchair accessible
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The Free Tour starts at Town Hall Square (Rathausmarkt) in front of the Starbucks Open in Google Maps
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St. Peter's Church
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St. Nicholas' Church
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What is a Free Tour?

 

The Free Tour is the best introduction to Hamburg! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 2.5 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Hamburg's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • The route covers many of Hamburg's major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in Rathausmarkt (City Hall Square)
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time
  • The SANDEMANs Free Tour runs every day, all year round

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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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