Hamburg

A glorious history
Speicherstadt, the Warehouse Town
St. Michael's Church!

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Hamburg

A cosmopolitan point of view

Located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, Hamburg will fascinate you from the moment you first set eyes on its elegant and austere buildings looking onto the port, one of the largest in Europe.
When you reach this destination on an MSC Cruise of Northern Europe, you can get a taste of its glorious history. Hamburg is a cosmopolitan, wealthy and fashionable city, with an aggressive economy, that still prides itself of the title “free Hanseatic city”.

It has, in fact, never cut its umbilical cord with maritime trade that has its heart in the port where your cruise liner will be waiting for you. Many tourist come here to visit the Reeperbahn, the red light district, but if you want to take in the atmosphere of the city, you shouldn’t miss an excursion to Speicherstadt (Warehouse Town), where the cobbled streets, gables and turrets combine to make the area on the other side of Zollkanal (Tax Canal) a world apart from the city opposite.

Another city icon, St Michaelis, at the western edge of the city centre by Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse, is Hamburg’s iconic church and no wonder. More than any other building, the “Michael” mirrors the city’s irrepressible spirit. Burned down after a lightning strike in1750, it was rebuilt in Baroque style under Ernst Georg Sonnin but it again accidently caught fire in1906.

In 1945, the Allies obliterated the roof and decor of church number three. Reconstructed again to Sonnin’s plans, it is now the finest Baroque church in North Germany. Probably the most gratifying attraction during an excursion on an MSC Cruise is the scenery you can admire from one of the best views over Hamburg: the 360-degree panorama takes in Speicherstadt, the container port and shipping on the Elbe, the Alster lakes, and the five spires of the churches and Rathaus.

Must see places in Hamburg

  • Speicherstadt

    Speicherstadt

  • St. Pauli Piers, Pegelturm

    St. Pauli Piers, Pegelturm

  • St. Michael's Church

    St. Michael's Church

Discover our excursions

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  • SNAPSHOTS OF HAMBURG

    CITY TOUR

    HAM05D

    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 –
    • 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.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$42.00Price per person

  • SNAPSHOTS OF HAMBURG

    CITY TOUR

    HAM05T

    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 –
    • 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.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$42.00Price per person

  • HAMBURG HIGHLIGHTS

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    HAM01T

    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 r
    • 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.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Hamburg

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Hamburg Cruise Center EV 
Steinstrasse 7, D20095

Reach the port by

  • Car

    Hamburg: it will berth at new Pier Steinwerder: Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder - Kronprinzenkai Buchheisterstrasse 14, 20457 Hamburg". When you arrive at the port of Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder (Buchheisterstraße 14, 20457), enter the parking lot by pulling a parking ticket. Should you’ve registered for parking service you can proceed to the MSC parking service right in front of the terminal where service staff will be waiting for you to look after your car. You can then easily proceed to the luggage drop off in front of the terminal before entering the check-in area.   
    From the central station, drive in a southerly direction to “HafenCity”. After crossing “Deichtorplatz” and “Oberbaumbrücke” take a left at the next big crossing to enter “Shanghaiallee”. Proceed to the end of the road and take a left on “Überseeallee” and a right at the next crossing. Now just follow “Versemannstraße” taking you over “Elbe Freihafenbrücke”. Stick to the right and remain on the road for four kilometers, you will now already see the ship. Take the right lane for turning right onto “Reiherdamm” and on the other side of the bridge turn left onto Buchheisterstraße. Continue to the round traffic and take the second exit.

    From the A1 / A25 / A252 / B4 / B75:  
    Take the right lane to exit A255 “HH-Veddel / Freihafen”. Pass the crossing behind the gas station and continue through the tunnel keeping right. Drive along the railway and take a right turn at the end of the road to cross the next tunnel. On the other side turn left and continue on the road. Stick to the right and remain on the road for three kilometers, you will now already see the ship. Take the right lane for turning right onto “Reiherdamm” and on the other side of the bridge turn left onto Buchheisterstraße. Continue to the round traffic and take the second exit.

    From the A7: 
    Leave the A7 at exit “Wilhelmsburg Hafen Waltershof / Finkenwerder Hafen” keeping / turning right when coming from the South or left if coming from the North. You will drive on “Finkenwerder Straße” direction East and continue to “Köhlbrandbrücke” (turn left arrows). Continue about 4 kilometers over the harbor bridge and follow the road. After the small tunnel turn left on “Reiherdamm” and on the other side of the bridge turn left onto Buchheisterstraße. Continue to the round traffic and take the second exit.

    From the A24: 
    Drive along the A24 in a northwesterly direction until you reach the roundabout, travelling straight ahead down the Sievekingsallee. Follow the signs for the city centre until reaching Bürgerweide, turning left at the sign for Bürgerweide / B75. Continue on the road for about three kilometers and exit “Veddel”. Keep right and then turn left into “Prielstraße”. Drive along the railway and take a right turn at the end of the road to cross the next tunnel. On the other side turn left and continue on the road. Stick to the right and remain on the road for three kilometers, you will now already see the ship. Take the right lane for turning right onto “Reiherdamm” and on the other side of the bridge turn left onto Buchheisterstraße. Continue to the round traffic and take the second exit. .
    Car

    Parking Information

    RUS PARKEN HAMBURG
     
    Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder Buchheisterstraße 16, 20457 Hamburg
     
    Tel. +49 (0)40 639 17 38 11
     
    • Valet service 
    • Reach the luggage drop off zone of the cruise terminal and the staff of the parking will take care of your car

    KONSORTIAL- UND SERVICE GMBH & CO. OHG*
     
    Parkplatz A, Buchheisterstraße 16, 20457 Hamburg
     
    Tel. +49 (0)40 5075 1221 
     
    • By themself
    • Scan the QR-Code at the entrance
    • The system verify the QR-Code. You will receive a park ticket. Take the park ticket with you.
    • You may park on every free parking space
    • After your cruise, please proceed to one of our pay stations in front of the terminal. You may pay the parking fee cash or with credit- or debit card
    • Drive to the exit and put in the park ticket.
    Book your parking with MSC

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    RUS PARKEN HAMBURG

    VEHICLE DAYS RATES
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 5 € 130
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 11 € 170
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 12 € 180
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 13 € 185


    KONSORTIAL- UND SERVICE GMBH & CO. OHG*

    VEHICLE DAYS RATES
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats up to 4 € 80
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 5 € 90
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 6 € 100
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 7 € 110
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 8 € 115
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 9 € 120
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 10 € 125
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 11 € 130
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 12 € 135
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 13 € 140
    Car/Suv/VAN 9 seats 14 € 145
    *Pls note that this parking is not possible to prebook this parking through the website.
  • Plane

    In addition to a taxi rank, there is a suburban train service between the airport and Hamburg central station. If you have organised your flight yourselves, don’t worry MSC Cruises can still arrange an individual airport transfer for you, booking through your travel agent.
    Plane

Germany

On the routes of the Hanseatic League
On the routes of the Hanseatic League

Nowadays a holiday to northern Germany will take you to visit a region of bucolic charm.

Notwithstanding the Land’s capital Kiel, a brusque, working port, it is free of urban development, its gentle Baltic coast notched by fjords, its west coast wind-blown and wild, and everywhere canopied by colour-washed skyscapes that have long captivated many an artist’s imagination. Even Lübeck wears its history lightly. Sure, the one-time city-state has a tale as rich and complex as any plotline by its local son, Thomas Mann. Yet at the core of its appeal is nothing more complicated than one of the most enigmatic old towns in Germany, with a heritage and sense of cultural worth handed down from centuries at the head of the Hanseatic League.

Once you’ve ticked off the cultural heavyweights of Hamburg and Lübeck, a holiday to Schleswig-Holstein during your MSC Northern Europe cruise – with Schleswig’s fine beaches and marram-grass dunes, candy-striped lighthouses, commercial ports on deep fjords, and changeable weather, and Holstein’s distinctly Nordic feel – will be one of pure natural wonder.  

 
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