The Best of Hamburg
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
The Hanseatic City of Hamburg is Germany's second-largest metropolis and one of Europe's biggest ports. Elegant and cosmopolitan, Hamburg is now a city of palatial office buildings, magnificent promenades, international musicals and extravagant shopping malls. It is also Germany's greenest city with its many spacious lawns and lovely parks.
A panoramic drive and walking tour showcase some of the city's greatest landmarks -- City Hall, Germany's oldest Stock Exchange, the century-old Speicherstadt warehouse quarter built in Gothic redbrick architecture and, in sharp contrast, the elegant Jungfernstieg shopping area. Watch for the up-scale Outer Alster residential and consulate district, and the St Pauli Landungsbruecken, where sailing vessels used to dock in a bygone era.
Note the world-famous Reeperbahn -- once a 17th-century tall-ship rigging facility but now a rather famous entertainment district. This street, together with Grosse Freiheit and Herbert Strasse, are referred to as 'the mile of sin.' The Beatles began their career here in 1962.
Drive to St Michael's Church, which has been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times. Take a rest inside this magnificently serene setting with its superb pipe organ and gold-leaf interior. It is the largest North-German Baroque church and is Hamburg's main landmark.
Continue to the Krameramtsstuben, which was an early form of widows' housing, and take a leisurely stroll through this small district that offers a glimpse of old Hamburg. Enjoy approximately 30 minutes of free time for shopping before you return to the ship.
A small snack is included. Modest attire is required for visiting churches or cathedrals; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; shorts are not allowed. St Michael's Church closes at 7pm and will not be included on evening visits. Flash photography is not allowed at St Michael's Church. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Bring euros (€), as most shops do not accept US currency or credit cards for small purchases. Use of public restroom facilities costs 50¢ - €1. Shops are closed on Sundays and bank holidays; a few souvenir shops may be open.