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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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No hidden costs
Free cancellation until 2 days before the departure
Cancellation fees:
+2 days - No charge
<2 days - 100% of total reservation value
Meeting point
Boxhagenerstraße 116, Berlin, 10245, Berlin
Important information

  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes

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