Fleetfahrten is something completely different from the Grosse Hafenrundfahrt, because you will go in smaller boats through the small city-canals of Hamburg including the old Speicherstadt. There is only 1 place where these tours will start : at the place , where the Feuerschiff is docked !
You will go also through Nikolai-fleet with the old houses of Deichstrasse (my 1st picture) you will pass by "Das Schiff" - it is a theatre-ship with daily performances.
These tours will take about 2 hours
the price for the ticket is 14 euros
for holders of Hamburg-Card it is just 11,50 euros !
There are 2 different kinds of cruises of the Alster starting at Jungfernstieg :
1)The ordinary Alstercruise taking you across both lakes and taking about 1 hour.
Such a cruise will start every half hour and is 10 Euros.
Holders of the Hamburg-card get a reduction of 2 Euros !
ships are operated between 10.00a.m. and 06.00p.m. (March 25-Sep.25th)
and in september between 10.00a.m. and 05.00p.m.
in October between 11.00a.m. and 04.00p.m.
A special type of ship is the so-called "Alster-Cabrio" - see it on my last picture !
2) The Kanalfahrt will take you within 2 hours to both lakes and to a system of artificial canals with various extraordinarily beautiful and expensive villas.
These tours are 12,50 Euros (2 Euros reduction for H-card)
march 25th-april 29th: daily at 09.45a.m. + 12.45 + 03.45 p.m.
April 30th till Sep. 25th : 6 times daily
Hafenrundfahrt will take you first through the Speicherstadt, where in ancient times the goods from Overseas were stored in the "Free-trade-zone" before they were finally eighter taken through german customs and sold in germany, OR taken to one of the ships and delivered abroad.
Then the Hafenrundfahrt will get across the river Elbe and taking you to the new cruise-terminal at "Grasboook-Kai" - and when you are lucky you may see there one of the big oceanliner like Queen mary II or Freedom of the Seas - the rest of the tour is a few docks and some parts of the industrial port, while lots of ships will pass by your tour-boat.
These tours will start at the place, where the Feuerschiff is docked
ordinary prices are 10 euros (8 euros for Hamburg-card)
Another Hafenrundfahrt will start at St.Pauli Landungsbruecken
the duration of most tours is around 60 minutes
between 10.00a.m. and 05.30p.m.
they start daily every half hour from April-October
November-March only Sat+Sun 11.00a.m.+12.30+03.30p.m.
In the harbor there are many companies offering harbor tours. They of course are special because you really get close by the huge ships. But if you do not want to spend that much money you also can use the ferries with the normal bus and underground day and group tickets. Especially if you travel with kids this is an experience. A nice tour is to enter a ferry at Landungsbrücken and go to the station Neumühlen/Övelgönne. There you find a small museum harbor. You might start a short walk with the "beach" and go back the promenade along old fishermens houses in Övelgönne. At the end of the beach there is a little cafe/kiosk with good cake, snacks, barbecue and drinks. On sunny Sundays many Hamburgers get this idea but it's also nice to go there without that much sun every other day...
There are two major lakes within Hamburg: the Binnenalster and the Aussenalster. You can take boat tours on both of them and that is called "Alsterschippern".
There is a German private website on Alsterschippern and the official website of the boat company.
It is faily expensive, but surely a lovely way to explore part of Hamburg!
Instead of taking one of those very expensive harbour cruises (which are very interesting, too!!!), you might want to just take a boat that takes you from Landungsbrücken to either Altona or Neumühlen or even further to the other side of the Elbe river to Finkenwerder.
Line 62 is a perfect ship to give you an hour of relaxation and beautiful views of the houses and beaches of Hamburg.
Be sure to get one of those ships that accept your HVV ticket!
You can also get to know Hamburg with the ship.
There are some ferries run by the HVV (the company that runs public transport in Hamburg), which are waaaay cheaper than boats for tourism and you can see parts of my beautiful city with an other view.
The ferry I like most starts at "Landungsbrücken" (take the U3 to the stop with the same name). Go down to the river and you will see a stop with the number "61". It also shows when the ferrie runs. I recommend to do the roundtrip on a sunny day.
(The plan shows you where all the ferries run. Blue are the numbers of the ferries, red is for the busses and the grey numbers indicate which subway lines go close by.)
At the Landungsbruecken you can make aboat tour. Choose one of the little boats. They usually charge you the same amount for admission. I had to pay 9.00 Euro. The routes of the different companies are almost the same; a round trip through the harbour district and the Warehouse District.
Don't enter the yellow boats - these are ferries to bring you to the Musical "King of Lions".
One way to see Hamburg is via the steamboat excursions of the Binnenalster and Aussenalster that regularly depart from the dock along the Jungfernstieg.