Languauge problems in Hamburg

Mar 31st, 2009, 05:14 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 349
Languauge problems in Hamburg

We're visiting Hamburg for 4 days this summer. I've done some research, and I'm beginning to worry that not being literate in German will be a problem. I contacted some tour companies in St. Pauli & they all offer tours in German. The only English tours would be private & very expensive. This is such a shame. The tours looked wonderful. We've traveled over many parts of Europe & langauge hasn't really been a issue, but now I'm beginning to worry....I do feel at such a deficit in speaking only one language...
elaine123 is offline  
Mar 31st, 2009, 08:44 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,760
Hi Elaine,

Perhaps you should contact the tourist board in Hamburg (http://www.hamburg-tourism.de/en/ser...info-hotlines/). I had a quick look at some of the tour operators in Hamburg and they say (unhelpfully, in German) that they offer tours in other languages by means of headphones (one company, for instance, has GPS-guided headphones so when the tour reaches a certain point, the corresponding information is played). The tourist board should be able to give you better information, and maybe even book you in to a tour when they find out what your interests are. I agree, though, it wasn't very easy to find this out in English. And there has to be some general tour offered in English - Hamburg is a major city, with lots of tourists from abroad, and quite cosmopolitan!
lavandula is online now  
Apr 1st, 2009, 12:41 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,226
Try the Sandemann tour company. There were some other companies when I googled English walking tours in Hamburg, so you might want to check those too for prices.

http://www.newhamburgtours.com/
Mainhattengirl is offline  
Apr 1st, 2009, 06:38 AM
  #4  
DAX
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2,833
Hamburg can easily be enjoyed without a tour, there's not that many historical tourist attractions. Hamburg is just a pleasant, rich metropolitan to enjoy. What's nice is that it is a conglomeration of small towns so each district has its own heart/center. What are your interests? They only have 2 major museums, both are in downtown. They do have a Port/Hafen tour in English though it was limited (like once a day if I remember correctly). We took the german Hafen tour which was very informative and worth it. That said the one hour tour was enough for us, I can't see myself enduring a 3 hour tour sitting on the boat.
DAX is offline  
Apr 1st, 2009, 06:51 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 3,965
When I was there the tours I went on (harbor tour by boat and Rathaus tour) were in German. I wasn't actively looking for English tours, however, so don't know if they would have been difficult to find.
bdjtbenson is offline  
Apr 4th, 2009, 11:41 AM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 349
Thanks for the info. I have emailed the Sandmann tour company.
elaine123 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:28 PM.