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


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.

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Why take this tour?

The Discovery Tour is the ultimate way to experience Hamburg. This program combines 3 must-do tours while visiting Hamburg: LINE A city tour day pass with a red double-decker bus, 1-hour Harbour Boat Tour or Evening Light Cruise by the Abicht shipping company, 1-hour Alster Round Trip by the ATG Alster-Touristik shipping company. Getting around all over the city! These three tours will take you to the city’s most renowned tourist attractions so you can get off the bus wherever you want to explore the city in depth. Whether you have little or a lot of time in Hamburg – the discovery ticket gives you the option of planning the programs freely - either all on one day or spread over up to 4 days. Validity: Each tour can be taken once. Prior to taking the harbour boat tour and the Alster Round Trip, you must redeem your voucher or ticket at one of the LINE A buses. The tickets are open tickets. You can take them on any day or time you want.

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)

  • Our present for you: a fish appetizer at Tom & Konsorten in the HafenCity

  • Sightseeing Tour Hop on Hop off - Dayticket

  • Gratuities

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  • Duration: 4h

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Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Hamburger Stadtrundfahrt - Die Roten Doppeldecker

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For Hamburg travelers that want the flexibility of independent travel, with the convenience of easy transportation, don't miss this hop-on hop-off bus tour with stops across the city. With your pass, you can hop onto onto a double-decker bus that visits many of the city's notable sights—from St. Michael's Church to the Reeperbahn—with the option of a harbor cruise upgrade, and the chance to ride the full bus route included.

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