Like a guided tour: a Hamburg Greet
Come as a guest – leave as a friend!
Welcome to the Hamburg Greeters!
You want to know what life in Hamburg feels like?
We HAMBURG GREETERS love our city with all its nooks and crannies. It’s wonderful to infect others with it.
We would like to give you an insight into our very personal Hamburg life. We accompany individual guests and groups up to 6 people through the city. This happens without payment and without a tip – just as it is natural among friends. Therefore, the motto: Come as a guest – go as a friend!
You will experience individually designed tours and incidentally learn something from our everyday life.
What we don’t offer you: a complete sightseeing tour to tourist attractions. But we can tell you where there are which city tours, round trips, etc.
Where do you want to go for a special kind of guided tour?
Greets: personal insights at Hamburg’s most beautiful places
Greeters are not city guides in the true sense, no certified information mediators. But of course we are happy to travel with our guests to the most beautiful places in Hamburg.
Staircase district Blankenese
The downstream Blankenese is definitely worth a visit. Particularly interesting there is the Treppenviertel, which lives up to its name. If you want to explore the Treppenviertel on foot, you should have healthy knees and good shoes. Because countless narrow and often steep stairs lead up and down. Pretty old fishermen’s houses with their colorful gardens and always wonderful views of the Elbe are worth the effort. There are no benches to rest on. You can only find them if you hike the stairs all the way down to the Elbe beach. There, nice restaurants also invite you to eat.
Ottensen is a district that has had to reinvent itself time and again. The farming village on the outskirts of Altona became the center of North German iron processing and then again an industrial wasteland. A red working-class neighborhood became a hip residential district with middle-class and multi-ethnic residents. In addition, it is known today as a hip scene quarter. It stands for alternative shopping, diverse cultural facilities and a meeting place for younger partygoers.
Together with Speicherstadt, Kontorhausviertel has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015. It was built from around 1912 onwards where thousands of people previously lived in poor conditions in one of the notorious “Gängeviertel” districts. An entire neighborhood of rented office buildings was built here – an impressive and globally unique collection of clinker brick buildings with beautiful design elements. Even today, when walking through the Kontorhausviertel, the atmosphere created by this architecture is fascinating and small stores, cafes and restaurants invite you to linger.
As the largest park cemetery in the world, Ohlsdorf Cemetery is one of the green lungs of the city of Hamburg.
You will come across angels and a variety of other sculptures during your walk, many an unknown such as a columbarium you will discover here. In addition to the classic cemetery works, there are couple graves, “human and animal” graves and butterfly graves from more recent times to discover.
In two to three hours can be explored here on the main cemetery Ohlsdorf a lot, whereby for beginners the older western part of the park, which Wilhelm Cordes designed from 1877, is a nice start (directly from the subway Ohlsdorf).
Planten un Blomen
Planten un Blomen is the name of the park, which was held on part of the present site. Today there is much to discover in Planten und Blomen: in spring and summer beautiful flowerbeds, perennials, trees, streams, ponds, walk-in greenhouses, and a wide range of play and leisure activities.
The Schanzenviertel, affectionately known as Schanze is the smallest district of Hamburg and belongs to the district of Altona.
The Sternschanze – so the official name is a colorful multicultural trendy district with traditional and trendy stores, a variety of gastronomic offerings and cultural institutions.
Not to forget: the sights of Hamburg
Of course, we are also proud of the many sights that our city offers. And if guests wish, we incorporate the visit into the greets.
Since 2018, the Elbphilharmonie is our new landmark. Even without prior registration, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the harbor and the city.
Once a terminal for commuters to the shipyards south of the Elbe, the Landungsbrücken are now the starting point for harbor ferries and tours.
Built after the Great Fire of 1842 and still the seat of our Senate: on thousands of piles stands City Hall.
With the construction of HafenCity, the Speicherstadt was also brought back to life. To a large extent, it is still about tea and carpets.
When Hamburgers are “at the port”, they are usually still a good distance away from the port. This is because the Elbe usually lies between them and the actual port.
A number of important musicians resided and were active in Hamburg: Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler.
In times before (and after?) Corona, up to 70,000 people visited the Hamburg fish market every Sunday between 6 and 10 a.m.
In two decades, the port area – which has hardly been used since the introduction of containers – has become Hamburg’s most modern district: HafenCity.
On the Reeperbahn and in the adjacent street life is raging especially on weekends and at night. But also during the day there is much to see.
As early as 1930, a planetarium was built in the former water tower in Hamburg’s city park. The panoramic view from above should not be missed.
Hamburg by bike
It is not only around the Inner and Outer Alster that Hamburg can be excellently explored by bicycle (and at a walking pace)
The Elbe Riverbank Hiking Trail stretches over 23 kilometers, from the center of Hamburg to the Schulauer Fährhaus in Wedel.