Hamburg and the Hanseatic League History Tour

Quick Details

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Starting time: Hourly departures from 8AM to 3PM
  • Tour type: walking, private driver
  • Pick-up location: your central Hamburg hotel
  • Group size: max 14 people
  • Inclusions: private expert tour guide, pick-up and drop-off at your hotel, entrance or admission fees, private driver/black van for the driving option

Tour Highlights

  • Learn about the Hanseatic League (or “the Hanse”) on this interactive history tour
  • Find out how a medieval collective of markets and merchants grew from a handful of German towns to monopolizing trade throughout Europe
  • Visit Speicherstadt, one of the largest warehouse complexes in the world
  • Explore Landungsbrücken, the largest landing place in Hamburg Port
  • Head through the Old Elbe tunnel, built in 1911 under the River Elbe
  • Local expert guides with deep knowledge of Hamburg’s history, architecture, and politics
  • Choose from daily departures with multiple start times

Tour Overview

On this Hamburg history tour, you’ll step back in time to learn all about the influence of “the Hanse,” as you explore our harbor city with a local guide. Explore the historic architecture of the third largest port in Europe and uncover the unique character that defines Hamburg.

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Hamburg and the Hanseatic League History Tour


After meeting your guide (and driver) at your hotel you will head to the St. Katharinen church. This is one of the five principal Lutheran churches in Hamburg, as well as the second oldest preserved building in the city. It traditionally served as the church of the seamen, who you’ll learn about as you dive into the history of The Hanse.

Your next stop is Speicherstadt, one of the largest warehouse complexes in the world, built between 1883 and 1927. This is where exotic goods like coffee, spices and rugs were transported, along the beautiful canals and into various houses. To gain a deeper understanding of the important role this warehouse played, you’ll go inside the fascinating Speicherstadt Museum.

Then, head onto the famous Elbphilharmonie, or the “Elfi” as locals call it. No trip to Hamburg is complete without seeing the incredible (and controversial) architecture of one thousand glass windows atop a 1960s brick warehouse base.

From there, you’ll stroll along St. Pauli Piers (or the Landungsbrücken), the largest landing place in Hamburg Port. At the western end, we’ll head into the Old Elbe tunnel. This tunnel under the River Elbe opened in 1911 and was a welcome relief for thousands of commuting workers headed into one of the world’s busiest ports.


About Our Guides

Our Hamburg tour guides are more than just guides — they are true city characters who live and breathe local life. With their rich knowledge of Hamburg, they’ll entertain you with stories of both the past and present and give you a thorough understanding of what it’s like to live in their city today.

Tour Flexibility

Our guides are experts in their subjects, but this is your private tour, and the city has no shortage of fascinating places to see. It’s our pleasure to tailor this tour to suit your interests. Simply tell us where your interests lie, and we’ll be happy to accommodate your wishes.

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Private Tour: From €513

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We will adapt all our private tours and answer all your questions. We provide prices for special services or for groups of more than six people on request.

09.00 - 18.00 (Mon - Fri | Germany timezone)

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