The cruise port of Hamburg

Docking in the cruise port of Hamburg

The cruise port of Hamburg, your starting point for great excursions

One of the most popular cruise destinations in Europe, the port of Hamburg welcomes thousands of tourists each year. Hamburg is a stunning port city that truly amazes, with its horde of attractions. For cruise passengers, the port of Hamburg offers two terminals that are both located in close proximity to the city center. These two terminals are the Hamburg Cruise Center, HafenCity and the Hamburg Cruise Center, Altona. If you are unsure which terminal your ship will dock at, you can check the terminal here.

Visitors docking here have a lot of options when it comes to sightseeing. For very short stays, visitors can explore the harbor area itself, one of the most appealing attractions the city has to offer. For visitors having more time on their hands, this port offers many options from exploring the many sights in the city, to taking a fun detour to nearby, Berlin.

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Cruise to Hamburg

Hamburg is a truly great location when taking a European cruise. This city is not only a wonderful destination for visitors with its own unique history and many sightseeing opportunities, but also offers cruise passengers the opportunity to visit Berlin.

Hamburg cruise terminal

Hamburg has two cruise terminals: HafenCity and Altona

Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity:

The Hamburg cruise terminal, HafenCity is located to the south of the city center. The modern building features a unique architectural design with walls made entirely of shipping containers. It also offers a great view of the port of Hamburg and visitors often stop here for the breathtaking view.
Inside HafenCity cruise terminal you can find:

  • Telephones
  • Toilets
  • Tourist information counter
  • Free wifi
  • Taxis right outside

Hamburg Cruise Center Altona:

The Hamburg cruise center, Altona is located downriver along the Elbe and this is where all the largest cruise liners dock. The building features a stylish ambiance and the surrounding area is a great place for visitors to spend some time, with many amazing dining establishments.
Inside Altona cruise terminal you can find:

  • Telephones
  • A Bistro
  • Toilets
  • Parking areas and valet parking services
  • Free wifi

Hamburg cruise facts

Language in Hamburg
The language spoken most commonly in Hamburg is German, but due to its status as a popular tourist spot, it is also possible to communicate in English in most places. In fact, Hamburg receives many English speaking tourists throughout the year, notably from the UK and USA.

Currency in Hamburg
The currency in Hamburg is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along popular shopping streets and other tourist locations in the city.

Landmarks and highlights in Hamburg

One of the most popular attractions in Hamburg, the harbor district offers visitors many activities. From strolls along the promenade to exciting boat tours along the River Elbe, where visitors can witness the hustle and bustle of the port and the stunning views, the harbor district is a must-see.

The famed warehouse district is another destination that attracts visitors. You can take a walk in the area that is minutes away from the HafenCity cruise center, and witness the historic architecture. You can also visit the International Maritime Museum, which is a popular attraction and housed in one of the oldest warehouses in the area. Other attractions in the district include the Miniatur wonderland, the largest model railway in the world and the Hamburg Dungeon which can be a thrilling place to stop by.

St Michaels Church
Referred to as “Michel” by the locals, a trip to Hamburg would not be complete without a visit to this grand church. A well known landmark in the city, this church is dedicated to the archangel Michael. It is also a stunning contribution to Hamburg’s skyline.

The City Hall
The magnificent city hall or Rathaus as it is commonly known is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Inaugurated in 1897, this building is still a seat of government in Hamburg and has received many heads of state over the years.

The street is known for luxury shopping. Tourists can treat themselves to an enjoyable shopping experience at the many upscale fashion stores lining the street.

The Reeperbahn in the St. Paulie Quarter
The Reeperbahn, the main street in the St. Paulie district is famed as the city’s red light district. The area is the center of Hamburg’s nightlife and is lined with many nightclubs as well as respectable establishments such as art galleries and museums. The area also includes strip clubs and brothels that it has been known for over the years.

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Getting around in Hamburg

Getting around is easy in Hamburg. Hamburg has a very safe and efficient transport system that includes the over ground S-bahn, the underground U-bahn and the bus system.

For shore excursions to Berlin visitors have a number of transport options available including trains and buses.

Shore excursions around Hamburg

This port city has numerous attractions for visitors, from breathtaking panoramic harbor views, excellent cuisine, entertainment options for visitors such as theaters and festivals and many world famous attractions such as the beautiful warehouse district and the infamous Reeperbahn. Berlin is also a popular shore excursion from Hamburg.

Weather in Hamburg

Hamburg has an oceanic climate. Tourists enjoy visiting Hamburg throughout the year as it has a lot to offer. The summer months are warm with high temperatures of 19 to 22 °C. The winter months of December, January, and February have low temperatures of about −1.4 to 0.0 °C.

Excursions in Berlin

Excursions in Hamburg

Hamburg tourist information

The tourist offices are located at the airport, at the new airport plaza between terminals 1 and 2, at the harbor at the St. Pauli landing stages: between stages 4 and 5 and the central station. Get more information here. Visitors can also get information and assistance at the tourist counters, at the Hamburg cruise centers.

Cruises to Hamburg

The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Hamburg:

  • Costa Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • P & O Cruises
  • AIDA
  • Cunard
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Seabourn
  • Crystal Cruises