Discover the urban landmarks of Hamburg, a wonderfully green city built upon an abundant supply of water that flows through an extensive network of Venice-like canals.
Depart from the pier and settle in for a relaxing two-hour drive to Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, which lies due east on the Elbe River. Charlemagne founded Hamburg in 810 A.D., so there’s plenty of history, although much of the city was destroyed in the fire of 1842 and by Allied bombing during World War II. It was beautifully rebuilt in both instances. During your approximately two-hour panoramic tour of the city, you’ll see its most notable landmarks. Certainly St. Michaelis Church heads the list as its soaring clock tower has loomed over the city since the 1680s. However, locals consider the opulent, 647-room town hall, a neo-Renaissance masterpiece, to be the symbolic heart of Hamburg. As a contrast, you’ll also see a modest 17th-century almshouse for the widows of shopkeepers.
Following your morning drive, you’ll have approximately 90-minutes of free time to have lunch on your own and do some independent exploring or shopping. Afterwards, you’ll rejoin your coach and continue your guided tour. Around the harbor, you’ll pass by the historic auction rooms of the fish market (the market itself is open Sundays only) that has been operating since the early 1700s and the imposing entrance to the St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel that runs under the river. The nearby brick warehouse district is another popular attraction connected by charming cobblestone streets. While it still functions as a storage facility for everything from cocoa to Oriental carpets, the district also supports a complex of interesting shops and restaurants.
When your guided tour of Hamburg is concluded, you will travel back to the pier in you will drive back to the pier in Bremerhaven.
Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at any stops made. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The travel time to Hamburg is approximately 2-hours in each direction; however traffic delays could result in longer travel times.