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Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

Join us on this fascinating district tour of Hamburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site

ABOUT THE Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

Hamburg is not only famous for its bustling harbor, but also for the beautiful old warehouses that surround the port. Known in German as the Speicherstadt, this warehouse district – the largest in the world – is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a must-see site for those visiting Hamburg. This 2-hour Speicherstadt walking tour also crosses the water over to HafenCity to get the best views of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s great concert hall.


Your Speicherstadt & HafenCity Walking Tour starts at the Town Hall Square (Rathausmarkt) and finishes in HafenCity. Keep your cameras at the ready, and join us as we explore both the old and new in this picture-perfect area of Hamburg!


Explore the warehouses of Speicherstadt

Initially built as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs, today the warehouses are still filled with traders of carpets, cocoa, coffee, tea, spices and maritime equipment. As we journey through the Speicherstadt, you’ll hear the fascinating history and architecture of the area, including the devastation it experienced during the WWII bombings, and the life breathed back into it as the current tenants moved in.

HafenCity and Elbphilharmonie

We will then make our way across the water, passing by the quirky Wasserschloss building that is perched between two canals, before we reach the more modern HafenCity area, home to the most acoustically advanced concert hall in the world – the Elbphilharmonie.

The Elbphilharmonie is quite a sight to behold – the sail of the concert hall sits on top of an old warehouse building along the Elbe River. Taking three times as long to build as originally planned, and costing nearly half a billion Euros, this controversial building will blow you away with its acoustics, technology and architectural detail.


This tour doesn‘t run today

Next departure in Spanish : Saturday 19th Oct 20192:30 PM
Next departure in English : Saturday 19th Oct 20192:30 PM
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What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
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  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Your Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour starts at the Town Hall Square (Rathausmarkt)


  • Learn about the WWII damage and reconstruction of the warehouses
  • Discover the iconic architecture of the Chilehaus and Hulbe-Haus
  • Hear about the horrors of the great Hamburg cholera outbreak of 1892
  • Snap some pictures from the Poggenmühlen Bridge that lies between the warehouses
  • Marvel at the odd Wasserschloss building, perched between two canals
  • See the Elbphilharmonie, one of the best concert halls in the world
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