Cruise the enormous lakes in downtown Hamburg and tour the city’s key landmarks, which have miraculously survived World War II bombings and a devastating fire.
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. Water plays an important role in Hamburg, as the city boasts an extensive network of Venice-like canals and two massive manmade lakes. The abundance of water keeps the city’s 1,400 parks and gardens flourishing, as you will see at the leafy Planten un Blomen park downtown. Then, it’s on to Alster Lake, where you will enjoy a leisurely cruise across its serene waters, presenting you with a different perspective of the city. The lake was formed in the 12th century after the Alster River was dammed.
Following your lake cruise, you will resume your panoramic drive through Hamburg, passing landmarks such as St. Michaelis Church, whose soaring clock tower has loomed over the city since the 1680s. However, locals consider the 647-room town hall, a neo-Renaissance masterpiece, to be the symbolic heart of Hamburg. As a contrast to its opulence, you will also visit a modest 17th-century almshouse for the widows of shopkeepers.
Then, after approximately ninety-minutes of free time in the city center, you’ll rejoin your coach and drive around the harbor, home to the historical warehouse district, a bustling fish market that has been operating since the early 1700s, and the imposing entrance to the St. Pauli Elbe River tunnel. Afterwards, you will transfer 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 not available to wheelchair guests. 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.