Our offers for Hamburg
We are still expanding our offers in Hamburg, such as transfers and parking options. Please come back and check again later.
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Useful information for Hamburg
Below you can find all useful information about the most beautiful attractions, a map of the cruise port as well as other tips for Hamburg.
The most beautiful attractions in Hamburg
The metropolis of Hamburg is a port city in northern Germany and is connected to the North Sea via the Elbe. It is criss-crossed by numerous canals, also called fleets. The Hanseatic city of Hamburg is very versatile: It attracts many tourists not only with its beach, a unique warehouse district and the port of Hamburg, but also through breathtaking buildings and constructions.
Probably the most magnificent building in the city is the Hamburg City Hall with seat of the Hamburg Parliament and senate of Hamburg. After a great fire, the new City hall was built from 1886 to 1897 in the historic style of the New Renaissance . This impressive tower has a height of 367 ft. The city hall square is located directly in front of the City hall, where various events take place over and over again. Guided tours are offered on a regular basis, where you will be captivated by the impressive interior design and hear many facts about the history.
Main church St. Michaelis
The most famous church in Hamburg and the most important baroque church in northern Germany is the main Protestant church of St. Michael, or more often called: the Michel. A platform at a height of 348 ft offers a unique view of Hamburg and the surrounding countryside. There are two ways to get to the platform: Those who want a very special experience can choose the stairs and even pass the remarkable church bells. Alternatively, you can take the elevator.
Speicherstadt and Hafencity
Since 1991, the Speicherstadt in the Port of Hamburg has been listed as a protected historical monument. It is the largest contiguous warehouse complex in the world and with the red brick buildings probably one of the most impressive sights of the port city. It used to house spices, coffee, tea, carpets and many other goods from around the world. Today, the Hamburg Free Trade Zone is still a warehouse for numerous goods and also offers attractions such as the Hamburg Dungeon or the Miniatur Wunderland and museums such as the spice museum “Spicy’s”.
Directly adjacent to the Speicherstadt, you will find the state-of-the-art Hafencity with its partly extraordinary and impressive architecture. Thus, it represents a strong contrast to the Speicherstadt. Special buildings in the Hafencity are the Unilever House, the Marco Polo Tower, the Cruise Center and the Elbphilharmonie.
The Elbphilharmonie (also “Elphi” or “Elbphi“) is a concert hall and since its opening on January 11, 2017, it has become the new landmark of Hamburg. It is located on the base of the former quay warehouse on the western tip of HafenCity and houses two concert halls, a hotel and apartments. Between the warehouse and the glass building there is a large, publicly accessible platform: the Plaza.
This construction work of the Elbphilharmonie took a few years longer than expected (construction time: 2006-2017) and the costs went well beyond the planned budget: the final expenses amounted to a haughty 866 million Euros. (~994 million Dollars)
The cult district of St. Pauli has much to offer: the Reeperbahn, football, harbor and Landungsbrücken.
The Reeperbahn, or Kiez, is a 3051-ft-long street with discos, bars and nightclubs, as well as restaurants and theaters. The city’s most famous nightlife district is rather quiet during the day, but in the evening the Reeperbahn attracts people of all ages. There are also a number of tours available on a regular basis, from which you can learn a lot about history of the place.
The St. Pauli Landungsbrücken form an important traffic junction and a tourist attraction in Hamburg. From here you have a breathtaking view of the Norderelbe, the shipyards and the Elbphilharmonie. Moreover, various harbor tours start directly from the Landungsbrücken.
Altona fish market is a public market, which attracts many tourists again and again. The story goes back to the 16th century, when the first fishermen and craftsmen settled there. Already since 1703 the traditional Sunday fish market has taken place under the open sky (5 AM to 9:30 AM). Nowadays, there are not only foods available, but also technical accessories, tourist souvenirs, live chickens, pigeons and rabbits are also being sold here.
The neighboring fish auction hall plays jazz or rock. Fish is auctioned here virtually.
To get a first impression of Hamburg, you can click through the different live webcams.
Map of the cruise port in Hamburg
The Cruise Port in Hamburg has a total of three cruise terminals: the Cruise Center in Hafencity, in Altona and in Steinwerder. Cruise Center Steinwerder, the newest center, can accommodate cruise ships that are well over 1083 ft.
The Port of Hamburg is very popular and is considered the gateway to the world. On the website of the current ship arrivals, you can see which and when a ship will dock, in which terminal as well as the exact ship departures. According to the calling-of-port list Hamburg 2018, around 200 ship calls are expected with up to 880,000 passengers.
Addresses of the cruise terminals
- Cruise Center Altona
- Cruise Center Hafencity
Großer Grasbrook 19
- Cruise Center Steinwerder
Parking in Hamburg at the cruise terminal
Getting to the cruise ship terminals in Hamburg by car is probably the most convenient. But where can I park my car during the trip? Cruises from Hamburg are becoming more and more popular, and various providers are also responding to this with a parking service. It is definitely advisable to reserve a parking space before your cruise.
With the providers “Parken & Meer” as well as “Park & Cruise” you have two possibilities: Either your car is picked up directly at the terminal by an employee and will be parked safely, usually in a covered parking space (valet parking) or you could park your car at the marked parking lot and take the offered shuttle bus to your cruise terminal (shuttle). Usually, your car is covered by fully comprehensive insurance in both cases. Prices for 5 days are between 69 and 109 euros. “Kühne & Nagel” also offers this so-called valet parking service.
If you want to park directly at the cruise terminal, you can reserve a parking space via “APCOA PARKING” for the Cruise Center Altona. The car park Cruise Center Steinwerder is ideal for the terminal Steinwerder and the underground car park Contipark at Überseequartier for cruises from the harbor city. For cruise guests there are special conditions here.
“Holiday Extras” and “Parken & Meer” also offer a hotel-and-parking combination if you arrive one day before the start of your cruise. A taxi ride or a shuttle to the desired terminal is often included. The prices vary depending on the duration and each hotel.
Things to know about the cruise port in Hamburg
Shipping companies and routes
The Port of Hamburg is the home port of cruises and a cruise from Hamburg is more popular than ever. Not only does it enable an easy outward journey, but also the constant development of the maritime infrastructure offers tourists a lot of comfort.
Every year, ships from various shipping companies such as Cunard, Hapag Lloyd, MSC or even Costa Cruises call at the Hamburg harbor terminals. Starting from Hamburg, there are many maiden voyages and the port is generally very popular for ship launching. A transatlantic crossing from Hamburg to New York with the Queen Mary 2 is also especially exciting.
Immigration and visa
U.S. citizens may enter Germany for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. Likewise British citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany.
For further and more accurate information, please contact your cruise operators regarding the valid entry requirements.
Taxi and other public transports
From all cruise terminals, you can use the public transport to get to almost every corner of Hamburg.
How to get from Hamburg central station to the various cruise centers, you will find below:
- Cruise Center Hafencity: U-Bahn Line U4 Direction Hafencity Universität to Überseequartier, then a short walk to the terminal.
- Cruise Center Altona: S-Bahn Line S1 Direction Hamburg-Blankenese to Landungsbrücken, change to Bus 111 direction Bf. Altona, exit at at the stop Kreuzfahrtterminal Altona
- Cruise Center Steinwerder: S-Bahn Line S3 Direction Hamburg-Harburg Rathaus to Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, short walk to bus stop Inselpark, take the Bus 156 Direction Steinwerder, exit at the Argentinienbrücke (ferry), then walk for about 15 minutes to the terminal.
The easiest way is by taxis, which are always available at the central station.
From the berth in Steinwerder, shipping companies usually offer fee-based transfer shuttles to the main station.
The official in Germany is EURO. 1 euro equals approx. 1.18 $ and 0.90 £. You can also use EC or credit cards here. Please keep in mind that fees may apply.
The climate in Hamburg is characterized by maritime influences, which can have up to 11 rainy days per month. It rains a little more in the second half of the year, hence leads to the famous “rainy weather” of Hamburg. Spring and summer months are especially recommended, as in these months the average temperatures is slightly more than 20° C/ 68 °F. In July and August there can be very hot days.
Websites of the port authority and tourist organizations
Impressions of Hamburg
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