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Tour Operator: Humboldt Tours Berlin 5 hours Travel method:   Mini Bus / Car Region / Starts from: Berlin

Hamburg and the Hanseatic League History Tour

Learn about “The Hanse,” as it’s called, and how its legacy lives on in Hamburg today.


5 hours

Start & End-point:

Pick up from your Hotel


  • Private Expert Guide
  • Pick up and Drop off at your Hotel
  • Entrance or Admission Fees
  • Private Driver/Black Van for the driving option.


From the 12th to 17th centuries, the Hanseatic League was a trading powerhouse throughout central and northern Europe. This alliance of market towns and merchant guilds brought partnerships and protection, and eventually grew from just a few northern German towns to rule trade all the way from the Netherlands to Russia, from Estonia to Poland.

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.

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 the 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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Please understand that, to cover costs or loss of income, the following fees will be charged if a client cancels a tour or does not show up as agreed or reschedules it (all changes will have to be confirmed in writing):

• Private Walking & Van Tours (up to 6 Pax): up to 48 hours free of charge; less than 48 hours 100% charge
• Private Bus Tours (more than 7 Pax):
• more than 30 Days before the tour is scheduled: no cancellation fees are charged except for
paypal costs or bank transaction fees or any other costs that unavoidably arise.
• 30-14 Days before the tour is scheduled: before the tour is scheduled, or if the client does
not show up: 20% of the tour price.
• Less than 14 Days before the tour is scheduled, or if the client does not show up: 100% of the
tour price.

• Complex Services incl. special arrangements e.g. Afterhours Museums; Multiday Trips:
• Special Conditions apply case by case

• If the client wants to reschedule his tour we will try and find a solution free of charge. In case we can not comply with a rescheduling wish the above-mentioned conditions apply. In case of a rescheduling on the day of the tour the agreed payment is due 100 %, even if only a part of the tour can be given within the agreed time-slot; or else, if the guide can and will have to use more time, the time will have to be paid at the agreed hourly rate. Our guide will wait at the agreed meeting-point for 30 minutes; if the client does not show up or give notice the guide will leave and the payment is due 100 %.

• Regarding service-partners (e.g. transportation) their terms & conditions apply. If events that were unforeseeable on the day of the tour-agreement will make it impossible or very difficult to conduct the tour, Humboldt Tours Berlin will inform the guest as soon as we know and can and will do everything we can to provide an alternative. Unforeseeable events are also, if a service-partner (e.g. transportation) will reschedule the tour or does not show up. Humboldt Tours Berlin or the guest may cancel the tour, if an appropriate solution cannot be found. If HTB cancels, we will transfer back any deposit for the tour; if the guest cancels HTB will charge 15 % for a normal tour and 30 % for an individually planned tour. For the service-partners their terms and conditions apply.
Meeting point
Boxhagenerstraße 116, Berlin, 10245, Germany
Important information

  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes

  • Germany is still a cash country - please remember to bring some cash