Cruises to Hamburg

Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city after Berlin and one of the country’s key hubs for media and industry. Find the perfect cruise to Hamburg with MSC Cruises.

Hamburg: A unique architecture and beautiful canals

Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city after Berlin and one of the country’s key hubs for media and industry. The second-largest port in all of Europe, Hamburg is the ninth largest port city in the world. But don’t be put off by these ‘seconds’; Hamburg is at the front line of energy and dynamism.

As a guest onboard our luxury MSC cruise ship you will experience this exciting metropolis right from the moment your ship docks in the state-of-the-art cruise liner terminal. Perhaps not the most obvious holiday destination, Hamburg nevertheless makes for a worthwhile stopover during your Northern Europe cruise vacation.

Head for the Aldstadt (old city) with its unique architecture and attractive canals. You may like to visit Michaelis Church, the most significant Baroque church structure in Northern Germany boasting an impressive 132 metre-high tower. Children are well-catered for in this city: an essential outing is to Hagenbeck Zoo, complete with giraffes, elephants, monkeys and tigers all in an open, natural setting.

If you’re seeking true stillness in the city, head to Hamburg’s botanical gardens, the ‘Planten un Blomen’ with its parks, tropical greenhouse and the largest Japanese garden in Europe – a real treat for garden-lovers. For other great day trip ideas further afield, be sure to consult our program of excursion packages, which offer the best deals on local sights and attractions.

Finally, a word about burgers… the hamburger apparently did not originate in this city, but the world’s favourite fast food is named after this German town!

Cruises to Hamburg - Germany - MSC Cruises

Directions


The 2 cruise terminals are located at the “Hafencity” located just a few minutes from Hamburg city centre. Distance from Hamburg airport is 9,5 km. A direct train link, running every 10 minutes, takes passengers from the airport to the city centre in 25 minutes.

Port average temperature

The warmest months in Hamburg are June, July, and August, with mean temperatures of 19.9 to 22.2 C. The coldest are December, January, and February, with mean temperatures of −1.4 to 0.0 C.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 HAM01T - HAMBURG HIGHLIGHTS (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  Experience Hamburg on this tour of its most iconic sights. Your visit to Germany’s largest port and second-largest city begins at the late 19th-century City Hall, then proceeds to Germany’s oldest stock exchange and goes on to the gorgeously Gothic, old red-brick warehouses in the Speicherstadt. The elegant Jungfernstieg shopping area is next, followed by the super-exclusive Außenalster district and the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, old jetties where sailing vessels docked in the past. You then head for Hamburg’s world-famous Reeperbahn, a “mile of sin” that is named after the rig-makers that used to ply their trade there in the 17th century. The tour draws to a close with passing by St. Nikolai War Memorial Church and with a visit to St. Michael’s Church and finally the Krameramtsgasse, an old district that originated in the 17th century as an early form of housing for widows. Please note: the order in which sights are visited may vary. Available only for guests in transit in the port of Hamburg. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Only cameras without a flash are allowed inside St. Michael’s Church.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 HAM02T - LÜBECK (approx. 6 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  A pleasant 1.5 hour drive on the coach will take you to discover the city of Lübeck – declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. In mediaeval times, it was the capital of the Hanseatic League for a number of years and as you walk down the city’s many quaint alleyways, it is easy to get a feel for Lübeck’s trading past. Also on your tour itinerary are the stunning Holsten Gate, the town hall and St. Mary’s Church, home to the world’s largest mechanical organ, as well as the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, one of Lübeck’s oldest social institutions. Before having some free time to look around on your own, the tour is rounded off by visits to Buddenbrook House, the former home of the Lübeck-born authors Thomas and Heinrich Mann, and to Café Niederegger, known globally as a purveyor of fine marzipan. Please note: as the tour involves long periods of walking on cobbled streets, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Available only for guests in transit in the port of Hamburg.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 HAM03T - LÜNEBURG, HANSEATIC CITY OF WHITE GOLD (approx. 5.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Following a sightseeing tour of Hamburg’s most important sights, your coach will take you on a 1-hour scenic drive to the beautiful city of Lüneburg, which is situated on the River Ilmenau and is a one-time member of the mediaeval Hanseatic League, a powerful alliance of trading cities and guilds in its day. Lüneburg’s moniker as the “City of White Gold” is owed to the abundant salt deposits on which it is built, the mining of which also gave rise to the town’s prodigious prosperity in former times. The wonderful old town with its many richly decorated historical buildings and small, cobbled alleyways is best explored on foot. Your tour will take you past the 800-year old town hall – certainly worth a snapshot or two – as well as the house in which the famous German poet, Heinrich Heine, once lived and worked. You will also have some free time to enjoy the city’s many picturesque sights and to do some shopping at your leisure before returning to Hamburg and your ship. Please note: available only for guests in transit in the port of Hamburg.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 HAM04T - HAMBURG BY LAND & SEA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  When maritime flair meets elegant boulevards, when palatial villas meet one of Europe’s most notorious nightlife districts and when urban sprawl is relieved by acres of green and spacious parkland, it can only be one place: the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Your tour starts with a drive through the swanky HafenCity redevelopment area and the adjacent Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s historical warehouse quarter. Then you will board a pleasure boat to continue on Hamburg’s waterways for a unique waterside view of the city’s architecturally varied skyline. Once back on your coach, the tour continues on a round of all the major sights – including City Hall, the Planten un Blomen botanical park, the Reeperbahn district and the trendy Junfernstieg area. A stop at St. Michael’s Church, Hamburg’s most iconic landmark, and a chance to view the 17th-century houses in the Krameramtsgasse bring your tour to a close. Please note: available only for guests in transit in the port of Hamburg. No guide service foreseen during the boat ride.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $63.00 Children

   


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 HAM05D - SNAPSHOTS OF HAMBURG (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  This “Free and Hanseatic City” is Germany’s second-largest metropolis and its largest port. Elegant and cosmopolitan, Hamburg is a city of grand office buildings, magnificent promenades, international musicals, spacious parks, extravagant shopping malls – and, of course, the “naughty-but-nice” Reeperbahn district. Your sightseeing tour, including various brief photo stops, begins at the splendid late 19th-century City Hall, followed by Germany’s oldest stock exchange and then takes you to the beautiful red-brick architecture of the Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s historical warehouse district. The elegant Jungfernstieg shopping area is next and, time permitting, the exclusive Außenalster area. On your way, finally, to the world-famous Reeperbahn district, you will also pass by the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, the old jetties where sailing vessels used to moor in the past. Please note: this tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 16:30 hours. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code HAM05T if you will be in transit in Hamburg or code HAM05D if you will be disembarking in Hamburg.

Price per person $58.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 HAM05T - SNAPSHOTS OF HAMBURG (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  This “Free and Hanseatic City” is Germany’s second-largest metropolis and its largest port. Elegant and cosmopolitan, Hamburg is a city of grand office buildings, magnificent promenades, international musicals, spacious parks, extravagant shopping malls – and, of course, the “naughty-but-nice” Reeperbahn district. Your sightseeing tour, including various brief photo stops, begins at the splendid late 19th-century City Hall, followed by Germany’s oldest stock exchange and then takes you to the beautiful red-brick architecture of the Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s historical warehouse district. The elegant Jungfernstieg shopping area is next and, time permitting, the exclusive Außenalster area. On your way, finally, to the world-famous Reeperbahn district, you will also pass by the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, the old jetties where sailing vessels used to moor in the past. Please note: this tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 16:30 hours. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code HAM05T if you will be in transit in Hamburg or code HAM05D if you will be disembarking in Hamburg.

Price per person $58.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 HAM08T - SCENIC HAMBURG WALKING EXPERIENCE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Recommended for families  Despite being Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg is still extremely green with numerous parks and can easily be explored on foot. Your tour of this Free and Hanseatic city begins with a scenic coach drive to the so-called “Planten un Blomen”, a low German name for a 47-hectare stretch of parkland occupying the centre of Hamburg that simply means “plants and flowers”. Opened in 1821, the Planten un Blomen still remains one of Europe’s finest city parks. Its many attractions include a charming Japanese tea house, a lovingly tended and fragrant pharmaceutical garden, water cascades plus koi goldfish and one of the city’s most extensive open-air children’s playgrounds, which is sure to appeal to any younger guests. To cap your visit to the Planten un Blomen, you will also visit the tropical greenhouse, an amazing place of heat- and humidity-loving plant life. Then, after passing through the main shopping area, it’s on to the two artificial lakes that grace the centre of Hamburg. Created by ponding the River Alster, the so-called Binnenalster (inner Alster) and Außenalster (outer Alster) were originally named to reflect their position in relation to Hamburg’s old city walls. These two bodies of water are still an important and extremely pretty urban recreational area. Before returning to the port, a modern coach will then take you on a whistle-stop tour see the main sights of the city, including St. Michaelis Church (which the locals simply call the “Michel”), the gorgeous old Speicherstadt warehouse district and the St. Pauli Landing Stages. Please note: available only for guests in transit in the port of Hamburg.

Price per person $38.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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 HAM09T - THE DUTCH AND HAMBURG (approx. 6 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  While this tour could safely be called “The Dutch Connection”, you do not have to be Dutch to enjoy discovering the many ways in which Hamburg is linked to Holland. The city’s close historical ties to wealthy Dutch merchants are still visible today, from the fine architecture to the unique regional dialect. An expert in local history will remain on hand to provide information on the rich legacy left by Dutch architects, agricultural experts, political immigrants and religious pioneers. An orientational tour of the city’s main Dutch-themed highlights will be followed by a visit to the Hamburg Museum to see artefacts that illustrate the many abiding cultural links enjoyed by towns of the Hanseatic League, a former north European network of merchant towns. Next up are the windmills at “Elbmarschen”, which stand on ground once reclaimed by Dutch engineers. The last stop will be at the beautiful Speicherstadt warehouse complex in the city centre, whose 19th-century construction was designed and overseen by Dutch architects. Your guide will explain the architectural principles of the buildings, which include a system of temperature control that still works today. Your return to the ship marks the end of the tour. Please note: available only for guests in transit in the port of Hamburg.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 HAM10T - HAMBURG AND MINIATUR WUNDERLAND (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Recommended for families  Cultural  Get to know the vibrant city of Hamburg on this entertaining tour, which begins with a short sightseeing leg of the key attractions such as the artificially created Alster Lakes in downtown Hamburg and the city’s exclusive residential areas, the Jungfernstieg boulevard flanking the southern banks of the inner Alster Lake with its luxury retailers and shopping malls as well as the Renaissance-style city hall. Then it’s on to the wonderful “Miniatur Wunderland”, the world’s largest permanent model railway exhibition that covers an area of 1,300 square metres. Impressive in scale, meticulously and finely detailed, replete with humorous little scenes and sometimes even a little whimsical, this is the pinnacle of model building and huge fun to explore. The exhibition includes various multimedia presentations that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about model railways. Look forward to an almost round-the-world trip as you make your way from Scandinavia to America on an effortless journey that will take you from coastal regions, through flat land right up to the high mountains – and this miniature world continues to grow year on year. The Wunderland experience makes a perfect outing for the whole family. A second sightseeing leg of lovely Hamburg will then follow, after which you will return to the pier and your ship. Please note: available only for guests in transit in the port of Hamburg.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.