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Due to high demand of tour tickets, it may occur that there are no more tour tickets available for certain tours offered.

Please contact our staff onsite at the registration desk at the Empire Riverside Hotel for short term requests.


Thursday, 1 June 2017Friday, 2 June 2017Saturday, 3 June 2017

Full-day tour – “Elbe Riverbank and Altes Land”

Time: 09.30 – 16.30
Bus shuttle meeting point: 09.15 at the Empire Riverside Hotel & Hotel Hafen Hamburg Bus shuttle (departure): 09.30 at the Empire Riverside Hotel & Hotel Hafen HamburgDress Code: Casual

The Elbe River connects Hamburg’s harbor to the North Sea. While sailing aboard a traditional rustic launch, you will learn interesting facts and (true!) anecdotes about Hamburg’s harbor, the banks of the Elbe and the suburban district of Blankenese.

As it continues along the course of the Elbe River, your boat will pass landing bridges, the Blohm + Voss docks, the fish market and the Airbus factory. You’ll enjoy a view of Blankenese, formerly an idyllic fishing village and presently one of Hamburg’s most beautiful and costliest residential areas. Afterwards you will go ashore in the Finkenwerder district.

You will transfer here to a bus, which will take you to Altes Land, one of the largest fruit-growing regions in northern Europe. Depending on the season, the fruits ripening harvested here include apples, cherries, strawberries, raspberries and many others.

Your destination is a fruit farm owned and operated by the Lefers Family. Situated in the center of the Altes Land region, the farm primarily grows apples, but the Lefers Family also harvests cherries, pears, plums, currants, blackberries and pumpkins.
The fruit grower will lead you on a tour of his farm, during which he will share stories about Altes Land in general and his farming business in particular. After enjoying a hearty lunch. Your visit will conclude with a tasting of the many different varieties of apples and the farm’s homemade apple juice.

Your return journey aboard the bus will cross Köhlbrand Bridge, traverse the former free port and the growing HafenCity development, and offer you marvelous views of the city and the harbor.

Obsthof Lefers
© Obsthof Lefers / Imke LohmannHaus Altes Land
© Tourismusverein Altes Land e. V.Blankenese
© Hamburger Elbinsel-Tour

Half-day tour “Walking tour of Speicherstadt and HafenCity with a visit to the Chocoversum”

Time: 09.15 – 12.30
Bus shuttle meeting point: 09.00 at the Empire Riverside Hotel & Hotel Hafen HamburgBus shuttle (departure): 09.15 at the Empire Riverside Hotel & Hotel Hafen HamburgDresscode: Casual

Old warehouses, new quayside promenades, canals, storage facilities for carpets and spices, historic merchants’ houses, and views of the Elbe River and the harbor: you will experience this unique diversity during a guided walking tour of the traditional warehouse district, along with modern waterside architecture at HafenCity.

Your walking tour culminates at the Chocoversum by HACHEZ, where you will use all your senses to pursue the mysteries of chocolate. A 90-minute guided tour will take you on cocoa’s journey from tropical rainforest, through Hamburg’s harbor, to its refinement into scrumptious chocolate. Tasting and hands-on participation are expressly welcomed! You will even get a chance to create your own bar of chocolate. Afterwards a bus shuttle will be provided to take you back to your hotel.


© / Ingo BölterAlsterarkaden auf Rathaus
© / Christian SpahrbierFleet
© / Andreas Vallbracht

Post-congress tour: “Lübeck for Gourmets” – Full-day tour

Bus shuttle meeting point: 08:15

Bus shuttle (depature): 08:30 at the Empire Riverside Hotel & Hotel Hafen Hamburg

Arrival at Hamburg Airport: approx. 15.45

Arrival in the evening: approx. 17:30

Within approximately one hour you will arrive the medieval city of Lübeck by bus. It is an Hanseatic city on the Baltic Sea. The “Hanse” was a league of merchants and cities during the Middle Ages. They were primarily harbor towns in the coastal regions, but they also included cities beside major rivers in the interior. Free trade and an enterprising bourgeoisie enabled many Hanseatic cities to achieve great prosperity, which is still evident today in the form of priceless cultural and architectural monuments.

The presence of more than 1,000 buildings that are acknowledged as architectural monuments prompted UNESCO to add Lübeck’s Altstadtinsel (old town island) to its list of World Cultural Heritage sites. Alongside historic churches, visitors are also attracted by Holsten Gate, Buddenbrook House, Günter Grass House and the world-famous Niederegger marzipan salon.

You will begin your culinary trek at Lübeck’s harbor, where the Fisch-Hütte (fish hut) is located directly beside the historic swing bridge. For your first snack, you’ll nibble a fish specialty while enjoying a lovely view of Lübeck’s museum harbor.

Refreshed by your tidbit, you will stroll past the rows of sailors’ pubs that line Fischergrube as it ascends to Koberg, where you’ll be welcomed to the traditional restaurant in the historic guild hall of the brotherhood of captains, which dates from 1535. Seated on one of the long benches there, you’ll learn interesting facts about the Saint Nikolas Brotherhood of seafaring captains and their meeting place. Meanwhile you will also enjoy a traditional Lübeck-style culinary specialty, e.g. Labskaus (a mix of meat, fish, potatoes, onions and beetroot) or Birnen, Bohnen und Speck (pears, beans and bacon).Toward the end of your stroll, you will stop at Café Niederegger across from Lübeck’s historic town hall. Lübeck’s world-famous marzipan has been made in this café since 1806. Tasting is encouraged!

Concerning the way back to Hamburg you may choose between two options: you might either return to your hotel and enjoy the evening on your own initiative in Hamburg. If you want to fly back home on the very same day, a bus will carry you directly to the international Airport of Hamburg.

© LTM / Michael HaydnMuseumshafen zu Lübeck© LTM / Torsten KruegerRathaus zu Lübeck
© LTM / Torsten Krueger