This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Hamburg, including self-guided tours and small group tours.
WHAT IS A FREE WALKING TOUR?
For most people today, a “free tour” is really a “pay-what-you-wish tour” or a “tips-based tour”. There is no cost to book your spots and you are under no obligation to pay anything for your experience.
At the end of the tour, if you enjoyed yourself, it’s customary to pay what you think the tour was really worth or what you could afford.
These affordable tour options can attract large crowds and most companies will allow up to 30 or more people on one tour with one tour guide, especially in the busy seasons.
These tours also tend to stick to the city’s historic center and the companies generally offer paid themed-tours in addition to the “free” ones.
So, for travelers who want to ensure either a tour with a smaller group of people or who want to go off the beaten track, we recommend considering paid small group tours.
For a truly free option, check out our suggestions for self-guided walks.
FREE TOURS WITH THE TURBO PASS
The TurboPass is a tourist attraction discount pass that bundles together dozens of tours and attractions into one discounted ticket.
If you are considering purchasing this pass, keep in mind that it already includes guided walking tours for free, not to mention a free hop-on-hop-off bus ticket.
Learn more about how you can save.
WALKING TOURS IN HAMBURG
Here is a list of companies that provide pay-what-you-like walking tours in the city.
Sandemans New Hamburg Tour
Sandemans New Europe tours are in most major European cities, including Hamburg. This 2.5-hour tour runs every day from Town Hall Square.
They run multiple tours per day for English, Spanish, and German-speaking travelers.
Highlights include City Hall, learning about the Great Fire of Hamburg, and St Nicholas Church.
Robin and the Tour Guides
This walking tour company offers two separate, daily free walking tours in both English and German.
One tour offers an overview of the historic city centre, including its history during World War 2 and the Great Fire.
The other tour covers the harbour, the diverse neighborhood of St. Pauli, and its history of housing young musicians.
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Self-guided walking tours are perfect for when you cannot fit a formal, guided tour into your schedule. Or, maybe you prefer going at your own pace.
Hamburg Self-Guided Tours
These written guides of Hamburg come straight from the city’s tourism office at Hamburg.com.
You can take your pick of eight separate walks that are estimated to last between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours, depending on how many stops you make.
Depending on your preference, you can take a walk along the river, through the city centre, or to the city’s UNESCO Site.
This expat travel blog offers written guides to several city centres, including Hamburg.
This blog comes with an interactive map for 25 separate stops, including suggestions for cafes and restaurants along the way.
Highlights include St. Catherine’s Church, Burcerius Art Forum, and Hamburg Central Station.
This is another self-guided tour that comes with a visual map, even if it isn’t interactive.
The route takes you through the historic Old Town and past a UNESCO Site, the Speicherstadt. The full route, without stops, takes half an hour to walk.
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