Explore Hamburg by bike or kayak


Up for some action? Go for a beach walk on the Elbstrand, bike around the Alster lake or take a kayak and explore Hamburg's canals.


Looking for inspiration? We've put together a list of activities in and around Hamburg: fun for the young and the young at heart.


A healthy, cheap and easy way to discover the city is, of course, by bike. Ride around the Alster Lake, through the orchards of Altes Land or all along the Elbe river. If you don't own a bike yourself, consider the incredibly helpful Stadtrad with stations all over the city. These red citybikes can be rented  almost free of charge.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddling, Sailing, Pedalboat

With its endless grid of canals and the glistening Alster Lake, Hamburg offers the perfect conditions for all kinds of water sports. You can rent canoes, kayaks, small sailboats and start exploring Hamburg from the water, no matter if you’re a beginner or a pro.


Hamburg has many cool spots to enjoy this 'messy-but-fun' sport. Most venues offer special group prices throughout the year and some even boast an indoor parcours, so that the show can go on even when it’s pouring outside. Interested? Take a look at City Paintball, World of Paintball and Paintball Movieland.

Kart and Caterpillar racing

If you're up for an adrenaline kick, Hamburg's go-karting tracks might do the job. Most of tracksare fit for smaller teams as well as larger groups. Depending on the weather you can choose between indoor and outdoor racing. Check out Kart & Bowl Ralf Schumacher's Motodrom, Mega-Kart Norderstedt. A fairly new activity is caterpillar-racing in HafenCity Hamburg. On 9,000 square metres you can drive your 'Ziesel' through an offroad track.

Escape Games

Escape games have become rather popular in Germany over the past years. Various providers promise gripping hours of adventure in Hamburg. Take a look at Exit2Life, Team Breakout Games, Adventure Team.

Segway and Mini Hot Rod tours

A cool and unorthodox way to discover Hamburg is by renting a few Mini HotRods down at the Elbe. Guided tours lead you to Hamburg's main attractions. Segway tours are very popular all over the World and the trend hasn't spared Hamburg. Providers in Hamburg are: Mindways Segway Citytour Hamburg and Flashway Hamburg.


Hamburg has a list of indoor and outdoor pools. Festland, Hallenbad St. Pauli, Kaifu-Lodge or the beautiful Holthusenbad are just some of the possibilities in the city.


Many foreigners associate Germany with the Alps. Up here in the North though, there isn't a single mountain within a 250 kilometres radius. Just south of the city however, there is the Snow Dome that offers you a 300-metres-long piste.

Jumping, Climbing, Running

If there still is a surplus of energy that needs to be spent, Jump House trampoline park or, right across the street, Rabattz indoor playgrounds and Schwarzlichtviertel (lit. black light district) are favourites with kids and adults alike. A few hours of jumping, running and climbing will have you sleep like a baby after an exciting day in Hamburg.

Take a Walk

Finally, a walk along the banks of the Elbe river will reward you with a view over the port area and some beach feeling.

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