Discovery Ticket: Hop-on-Hop-off Tour, Harbor Cruise and Lake Alster Cruise

Hamburg, Germany

From USD 47.85

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Paper ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enhance your Hamburg experience with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by land and water! Aboard a double-decker bus, pass main city attractions and disembark at any of the 28 stops for close-up views of sights like St Michael Church and the renowned Reeperbahn red-light district. Your ticket includes two 60-minute boat trips through Hamburg’s historic harbor and Lake Alster. Do everything in one day, or spread the three activities over three consecutive days!
  • Hamburg hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour
  • 1-hour harbor cruise and 1-hour Lake Alster cruise included
  • The most convenient and comprehensive way to see the city!
  • See top Hamburg attractions including Reeperbahn, Harbor City and St Michael church
  • Tickets are valid for 3 consecutive days

What's Included

  • 11 languages Audio Guide commentary on the bus
  • 1-hour harbor cruise with German live commentary (English via Audio Guide App)
  • 1-hour Lake Alster cruise cruise with German live commentary (English via Audio Guide)
  • Sightseeing Tour Hop on Hop off - Dayticket
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Departure Point

  • You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Return Details

  • You may disembark at any of the available stops.

Ticket Redemption Points

St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken 1, 20359 Hamburg, Germany

HBF/Kirchenallee , 20099 Hamburg, Germany

What To Expect

Discover the highlights of Hamburg by double-decker bus and boat with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass! To start your land adventure, head to St Pauli port or Central Station and hop on the bus. Grab a comfortable seat, relax and enjoy the flexibility of determining you own itinerary and pace. 

You'll have the option to ride the entire 90-minute loop or disembark at any of the 28 stops (full itinerary listed below) to explore top city landmarks like Town Hall, the German expressionist Chilehaus, St. Pauli fish market and Hamburg’s famous Reeperbahn red-light district. Bonus: Head to a 17th century teahouse in the historic Krameramt district (St Michael Church stop) for a complimentary cup of tea!

For a glimpse of Hamburg’s maritime history, hop off at St Pauli port and transfer to a harbor cruise boat. (Cruise runs from April to October only.) Along the 60-minute roundtrip cruise, enjoy commentary in German and English about the rich history of Hamburg’s international trade. Catch impressive views of the city’s key harbor-side landmarks such as Harbor City, the picturesque warehouse district and the eye-catching Elbphilharmonie concert hall. 

Enrich the day by adding on another leisurely cruise through Lake Alster. Ride the sightseeing bus to Jungfernstieg Passage, where your lake float begins. Settle in for an hour of panoramic sightseeing, listen to an interesting audio tour, and snap photos of Hamburg’s lovely lakeside neighborhoods. 

To end your tour, simple disembark at any of the stops. Easy!

Note: Your single-day ticket offers the option of splitting up your tour across three separate (consecutive) days. Each leg may only be taken once.
Discovery Ticket: Hop-on-Hop-off Tour, Harbor Cruise and Lake Alster Cruise

7 Stops

7 Points of Interest

Duration: 4 hours

Operating Schedule: Hop-on-Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Linie A Departures Monday to Thursday St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 1-2, stop no. 1: 9:55 a.m., 10:55 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 12:55 p.m., 13:55 p.m., 14:55 p.m. Hauptbahnhof/Kirchenallee, stop no. 7: 10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 13:05 p.m., 14:05 p.m. Departures Friday, Saturday & Sunday St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 1-2, stop no. 1: 9:25 a.m. to 14:55 p.m., every 30 minutes Hauptbahnhof/Kirchenallee, stop no. 7: 09:35 a.m. to 14:05 p.m., every 30 minutes The harbour cruise take place every day at regular intervals throughout the year. More information by phone or directly on the website of the Elbreederei Abicht! The Alster Round Trip take place every day at regular intervals throughout the year. More information by phone or directly on the website of the ATG Alster Touristik!

Port of Hamburg


HADAG Elbphilharmonie


Plants and Flowers



Points of interest passed by on this route

Port of Hamburg




Planten un Blomen

St. Michael's Church


Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Pro Bus ein Rollstuhl oder Kinderwagen möglich
  • The “3G rule” applies on the city tour with line A. Passengers must be vaccinated, recovered or tested and be able to prove this. Proof is provided by presenting proof of vaccination, convalescence or testing. The test must not be older than 24 hours, a self-test is not sufficient. The 3G obligation expressly also applies to persons who are exempt from the mask obligation for health reasons. Passengers who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons must instead prove a negative test result under the 3G rule. Children who have not yet reached the age of six and schoolchildren are exempt from the 3G rule. Until further notice, masks are mandatory on our buses; persons 14 years of age and older must wear an FFP2 mask, and children and adolescents 6 to 13 years of age must wear at least a medical mask. People with the typical symptoms of infection with the coronavirus are not allowed to enter.
  • Most travellers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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No very happy, this is...
Adriana_M, Aug 2022
No very happy, this is the first time in all the tours that I had done that there are not in English speaking :( main tour guide
Hamburg is a pretty boring place...
Lei W, Aug 2018
Hamburg is a pretty boring place. We took the Harbour cruise which was only available in German. The Lake Alster cruise was also in German. We sat there feeling so bored. The hop on hop off tour did have other language available, but probably only 30 of what they talked in local language, while half of the time music only. I guess this what they can do best in Hamburg, not much alternatives. Don't think I will ever return to Hamburg.
Don't stop at all stops, live narration is in German
Tammi_C, July 2018
The bus does not stop at all stops automatically, and there's not enough time to request a stop if you are on the top. Despite having automated narration in different languages, you cannot hear over the live German narration. Do not recommend this option.
You need to make sure your bus has...
Michelle_J, Feb 2018
You need to make sure your bus has the earphone listening system,our 1st bus didnt and it was really hard to gather information, however the buses with earphones were so much better thoroughly enjoyed it then. Harbour cruise we did on the Louisiana paddle boat very nice boat, we stood on deck so therefore couldnt really hear the commentary but have to say I still enjoyed it, it goes right into the heart of the working docks and right besides the huge container ships. The lake Alster cruise, well what can I say ...... beautiful scenery, however, a massive let down that not a word of English was spoken!! Didnt even try to communicate with us this absolutely ruined it for us as we went on it to get information about the surroundings ....... so big disappointment! We felt very out of place especially when others are laughing and youre just sat there is not a pleasant experience.
Waited for hours in the cold, called...
Tian S, Feb 2018
Waited for hours in the cold, called numerous times and the bus never arrived. Eventually paid for tour bus from another tour company.
Quick way to cover Hamburg.. Lake...
AjithPrasad_B, Nov 2017
Quick way to cover Hamburg.. Lake Alster is really beautiful
Lake Alster was really nice. Very...
Emmy_L, Sept 2017
Lake Alster was really nice. Very peaceful and relaxing. Hamburg is really nice city. I would recommend to go there if you are in Germany.
One of the highlights of our holiday. A...
Stuart B, Aug 2017
One of the highlights of our holiday. A great city to visit and look around.
We were in Hamburg 4-6 Jul, prior to...
William B, Aug 2017
We were in Hamburg 4-6 Jul, prior to the G20 meeting was kicking off which was poor planning on our part. When we arrived at the bus to exchange our 2 day ticket we were informed that the bus would operate on a limited basis on 5 Jul with the last one leaving at 2-2:30pm. They would alter the route without notice during the day and the 2nd day 6 Jul was in complete question due to increased police presence and road closures. We did experience route changes on the 5th as the bus just did not show up at the designated spot. We also experience either a very late start or no operations on the 6th from the central station stop...our boarding point. The other Hop-On Hop-Off operators did not seem to run into the same operational problems and ran more of their published schedule. We would not do this tour again!
What a great city Hamburg is? We...
Mrs. .J.A. W, Aug 2017
What a great city Hamburg is? We were so happy we had purchased the Essential Hamburg Combo as each section was thoroughly enjoyable and we were able to see this on each section as they were completely different and gave us some idea of what a great place Hamburg is.
The city tour was very interesting...
Alan B, Aug 2017
The city tour was very interesting and enjoyable. The bus route was well marked and very convenient to our hotel. When we arrived at the Alster boat ride we were informed the bus driver did not provide us with the additional tickets required to board the boat ride. We felt cheated since the tickets would have been cheaper without the cruise included.
The biggest problem we had was...
GARY S, June 2017
The biggest problem we had was finding buses where they had ENGLISH SPEAKING AUDIO or INDIVIDUALS. Due to the rainy weather, we did not take any of the water Hop-On / Hop-Off tours. We did get to two of our desired sites otherwise, I think we would have been better off just utilizing local transportation.
I highly recommend this package...
Melissa L, May 2017
I highly recommend this package. Hamburg is a beautiful city. I did the Hop-on Hop Off bus tour first, to get the lay of the land. First I did the full round trip and then the 2nd time around, I stopped and got off at the places I wanted to explore. I followed up with the harbor cruise after that, and the next day I did Lake Alster. I was fortunate because we had beautiful weather. It was a perfect weekend.
Wish the commentary was in...
Rusitha M, Jan 2017
Wish the commentary was in English... Cruise was full on German language. Bus had a bit of English from the live commentary from the Guide.
The tour was a great way to see the...
CatherineA_W, Nov 2016
The tour was a great way to see the city and get an overview of the history. There were a few problems though - there is no English speaking Harbour tour from November to March, the bus did not automatically stop at every stop so if you wanted to stop somewhere you had to tell the German guide so that he could tell the driver where to stop and the German guide's voice was so loud on the top deck that we could not hear the English audio properly even on full volume so had to sit downstairs. The cruise on Lake Alster is a must do, the view of the city from the water was beautiful and we went into some secluded areas unable to be reached by car.
They were so rude, and they gave...
Ana_V, Oct 2016
They were so rude, and they gave tickets for the same trip for two days
Great option. The harbor cruise was...
DEBORAH_B, Sept 2016
Great option. The harbor cruise was interesting. The bus was good but the stops did not match the map given. we had to walk much further than expected to get back to our hotel. Still worth doing....
Plus-Managed to squeeze in the hop...
ROGER B, Sept 2016
Plus-Managed to squeeze in the hop on /off and the 2 cruises. Minus- 1Bus had german narrator speaking very loudly and cracking jokes, consequently it was very difficult to hear the english recording on the headphones. 2Pre recorded narrative did not make any reference to the stop number.
I loved the trip around the pier and...
OlympiaB_G, Aug 2016
I loved the trip around the pier and the boat trip on Lake Alster. It is a great combination and one learns a lot about Hamburg.
We enjoy Hop-ON Hop-OFF bus tours in...
Karen S, Aug 2016
We enjoy Hop-ON Hop-OFF bus tours in about every city we have traveled to. These tours are excellent for providing an quick overview of the highlights of the city. This combination also included a Harbor cruise which was good. We didn't get to the Lake Alster cruise due to a wrong turn and walked around about half of the lake so we did get to see it - and then ran out of time.

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