BIG Port and Elbe River Trip
Big Port Tour
Discover the city of Hamburg from the water and join us on a detour to the container port and the Elbphilharmonie. Fantastic photos guaranteed!
Elbe River Tour
Enjoy a scenic voyage on the River Elbe from St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken to the wonderful Mediterranean-style district of Blankenese.
Enjoy a relaxed boat trip with FRS HanseFerry, through the port of Hamburg and along the river Elbe. Starting at St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken, the pulsating heart of the Hanseatic city we take you downstream. Passing the famous fish market, where the merchants call out their wares as early as 4 o'clock a.m. on every Sunday. Passing the Docklands, modern office buildings, the cruise terminal and the museum harbour with its historical vessels. We sail along modern container terminals, the harbour and river pilot station and many other sights until we finally reach Blankenese.
This attractive and affluent suburb of Hamburg is nestled beside the river Elbe on the slopes of the 77-metre high Süllberg. Once a simple fishing settlement, this area was transformed into a residential district filled with the homes of ship owners and captains. It is well worth climbing up to the top of the hill for the magnificent view, meandering through the famous district of stairs, amidst the splendid villas and hidden parks. Our passengers have three, six or even a full nine hours to explore Blankenese, to experience its Mediterranean flair and Scandinavian charm and to enjoy culinary specialities on the Süllberg, in the town, on the banks of the Elbe, or even at the “Op'n Bulln” jetty.
On the return journey, the MS “Kleine Freiheit” moors in Teufelsbrück, before taking a detour to the container port at Burchardkai, where the boat glides past the largest container ships in the world, which have docked for loading and unloading. We also pass the vast dry docks of Werft Blohm & Voss, where boats and ships are repaired and maintained around the clock.
Before we return to the starting point, the MS “Kleine Freiheit” makes another sweeping curve and travels past Hamburg’s newest landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, then past the famous St Michael’s Church, known as Michel, the sailing ship “Rickmer Rickmers” and the museum ship “Cap San Diego”, and finally back to Brücke 8/9 (Bridge 8/9) at the St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken.
Passengers who do not wish to return to Hamburg by boat can alternatively make their way to the suburban station of Blankenese via the number 48 bus, which is lovingly nicknamed the “Bergziege” or “mountain goat” by the residents of Blankenese, and from there take the train to Hamburg. Or, if they have taken the opportunity offered by FRS HanseFerry to bring their bicycles on board, they can cycle back to the city along the attractive cycle path beside the river Elbe.