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Viele Menschen in Hamburg engagieren sich momentan, um gemeinsam die Lage der Flüchtlinge in unserer Stadt zu verbessern. Dafür zollen wir ihnen als Hamburg-Greeter Respekt. Unser Motto „Komm’ als Gast – geh als Freund“ passt zwar nicht zur Situation der Flüchtlinge, auch die sonst übliche Vorbereitung eines Greet ist hier nicht angemessen. Aber die Hamburg-Greeter sind offen […] Weiterlesen
Veröffentlicht am18. September 2016_

Welcome to Hamburg.

You would like to see Hamburg through the eyes of a local?

You would like to know what it is like to live in Hamburg?

We Hamburg Greeters accompany single guests and groups of up to 6 people and show them our hometown with all its many facets.

We love our city und offer our guests an insight into Hamburg’s workaday life and into our own living environment – free of any charge as is customary among friends.

Our idea / Core Values

All Greeters and Greeter destinations share the same core values:

  • Greeters are volunteers, a friendly face for those visiting a city/destination

  • Greeters welcome individuals and may serve small groups of up to six people

  • Meeting a Greeter is free of charge

  • Visitors are welcomed without any kind of discrimination

  • Greeter programs support sustainable tourism. Programs respect natural and man-made environments, it brings both cultural and economical enrichment to the local communities. Programs aim for a lasting positive image of each destination.

  • Greeter programs create a mutually enriching opportunity for cultural exchange, create links between people thus creating a better world.

About the Greeters

What our guests say:
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Rose und Maxwell from California wrote:

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Pankaj from Oman wrote:

Dear Rebekka, many thanks for being with us yesterday.…
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Nice way to cap my Hamburg trip

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I met up with my greeter, Jörn, on my last day in Hamburg.…
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Remarkable Hamburg tour and interaction with a gentle giant

This is my first time in Europe, and definitely one that would go a long way in my memories ahead. I met up with Stefan at the Baumwall train station instead of the supposed meeting point (yeap I lost my way after the city tour). Stefan was more than helpful throughout the greeter tour and I enjoyed my conversations with him tremendously. We explored much of the harbour as well as the infamous Reeperbahn. Hamburg is a beautiful city, but what's more that impressed me were the people of Hamburg. It definitely was a pleasant experience, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys an informative tour, as well as a good conversation over a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced red wine).

The name „Greeter“ derives from the English word “to greet”. Greeters welcome guests and take them on individual Greets through the city – without charge.

The Greeter concept was first initiated and developed in New York by Lynn Brooks in 1992, then it was known as “Big Apple Greeters”. Meanwhile the idea has gained more and more friends – both Greeters and guests.

Hamburg Greeters came into being in the Spring of 2012. At our Greets, inquisitive guests meet up with dedicated Hamburg folks.

We Greeters love our hometown and we like to give you an insight into our personal lives in Hamburg. We accompany you through the city – entirely free of charge, as is customary among friends. You will experience very personal and individual walkabouts and you will hear about our workaday lives.

We do not offer you a complete sightseeing-tour to tourist-attractions, but we can tell you where you can get those.

Here you can read what happens on a Greet.

And here you find the request form for a new Greeter.

What happens on a Greet?

Please contact us at least two weeks before your arrival in Hamburg, preferably even sooner.

We will be glad to find a Greeter for you who meets with your special requirements. It may be even more exciting for you if you let your Greeter surprise you with his or her own ideas.

Each Greeter endeavours to plan your walkabout in an individual manner. You meet at an agreed place and start your two to three hour exploration through Hamburg – either on foot, by bike or by public transport.

A Greeter will always try to meet your personal wishes. However, particular expectations and “orders” are cases for professional guides.

FAQ

What is a Greet?

Our walks of two to three hours are adjusted to the special interests of our guests. We Greeters are volunteers and offer our service when it seems a “good match” and we “feel like it”. We meet our guests at eye level and try to take their background into account (????). In that way, guests may become friends.

Please note: A Greet is not a guided tour of the city. A Greet cannot simply be “booked”.

What are the costs?

A Greet is free of charge. We enjoy getting to know you und showing you our hometown. We do appreciate a donation towards our costs, though.

How to book a Greet.

You use our application form. The distribution team sends your request to all Greeters on the list. When a Greeter feels that a request “fits”, he or she tells the distribution team. They then give that Greeter’s mail-address to the guest.

From then on guest and Greeter make their own personal arrangements (time, place, suggestions etc.). In the rare case that no Greeter is available, we unfortunately have to turn down the request.

How do guest and Greeter meet?

You use our application form. The distribution team sends your request to all Greeters on the list. When a Greeter feels that a request “fits”, he or she tells the distribution team. They then give that Greeter’s mail-address to the guest.

From then on guest and Greeter make their own personal arrangements (time, place, suggestions etc.). In the rare case that no Greeter is available, we unfortunately have to turn down the request.

How many people in a group?

All Greeters are volunteers. They want to look after their guests in an individual manner when they show them their city – just as they would do with personal friends. So a group should not exceed 6 people who should all know each other.

How can I ask for a Greet?

You use our application form. The distribution team sends your request to all Greeters on the list. When a Greeter feels that a request “fits”, he or she tells the distribution team. They then give that Greeter’s mail-address to the guest.

From then on guest and Greeter make their own personal arrangements (time, place, suggestions etc.). In the rare case that no Greeter is available, we unfortunately have to turn down the request.