We are an independent tour provider which operates only in Hamburg. We started in June 2014 with two guides; soon we had a team of four and founded a company. Now we have an exciting team of guides to serve four different tours.
Each of the guides presents their tour in their own individual way and tells the city´s stories from their unique perspective, e.g. as a local born and raised here, as an American who made this city his second home, as an international city planner or someone who simply came here for love!
Bertram has been living for almost 30 years here in Hamburg, never the less, you can still hear that his roots come from Swabia. His guests experience the special mix of hansiatic history with southern German flair. The studied businessman and logistics expert used his preliminary retirement to make his hobby his job: tour guiding and bicycle-trainer. On top of that there is enough time for long hiking with his wife and dog and occasional trips to south-America.
Brent came to Hamburg in 1998 to pursue his studies in Music. He dreaded the winter but fell in love with the city. he worked in a few orchestras around Germany but eventually decided to come back to Hamburg and start showing tourists the most beautiful city in Germany. Brent spends the rest of his time taking care of his son, sometimes a junior tour giude on his tours that corrects all of Brent´s mistakes and tells him what he forgot to say. This is what visitors say about Brent´s tour: My visitor from Paris on a whirlwind 6 conference day visit, and I, managed to do the tour with Brent from California today - and we couldn't have used up the little time we had together better. Brent was amusing and led a great tour full of anecdotes and all kinds of interesting tit-bits on Hamburg - buildings, people - the good and the infamous ;-), history, food, beer and ended with the interactive beheading of klaus the Pirate just next to the 650 million budgeted Elbe Philarmonie building at the brand new swanky Hafen-city area. He led us through the old city land marks and narrow alley ways leading down to the water near Speicherstadt, to where the Great Fire began, to where we could get typical Hamburg Matjes. Don't miss... Fully worth it!
Eric is originally from the city Frankfurt am Main in Mid-Germany and came to Hamburg in 2012 to start his studies in Economics and Chinese. Quiet soon after his arrival he fell in love with the city on the river Elbe. Due to his international orientated studies he spent a lot of time in Asia, especially in China. He enjoys traveling and exploring new countries not only in Asia. At the end of the trip he always comes back, having missed Hamburg a lot while being away.The main reason why he started to work as a tour guide is, so even when he's not on the road, he can connect with travelers and show them his home city which to him is the most beautiful one in Germany. As a student he knows the St. Pauli area with all it's clubs pretty well and always has some great tips on whats going on during the weekends here in Hamburg, especially during the night ;) .
Jan!!! This is not just a typical Hamburg name, rather a through and true, water-proof Hamburgian man. Because he speaks Spanish fluently for 30 years (which he mastered in Buenos Aires in Argentina) he spends most of the time giving tours in Spanish. As he says himself, his „Castellano“ has a strong Argentinian accent. Hence, he mixes Argentinian melancholy with dry Hamburg humor and shows the city from the viewpoint of a man that has almost lived in it since the age of the dinosaurs. In reality, he really fell in love with the city when he was 15 and had to leave it.
Lisa was born in Bremen - a true "northern light" as we say, a Northern German - and returned to the north after having lived in Berlin for some years. Even though she was born in a city where you naturally grow up having a slight aversion to Hamburg, Lisa fell in love with the city and cannot imagine ever leaving to live somewhere else. When she is not studying for her masters degree or showing around visitors, Lisa loves to travel. Sometimes she uses her bicycle to get to know the surroundings of Hamburg, sometimes her travels take her much further. When she was in London a few years ago, Lisa took part in a guided city tour and decided to work as a tourguide. She cannot think of a better job, being a tourguide is a great balance to sitting still in university and studying.
Matej left his home country Slovakia at a young age to study in the south of Germany, where he was mistakenly called "matjes" on a daily basis. After stops in Marseille and Paris, where he exchanged economy for urban planning, he followed the call of destiny and ended up in Hamburg, a city that consumes tons of "matjes"-herring every year. Having tryied "matjes" for the first time, Matej now doesn't believe in destiny any more but is still glad he ended up in such a wonderful city. Matej has a Master in urban planning and takes great pleasure especially in talking about Hamburg's development projects of the late 19th and early 20th century and in exploring the city by bike. This is what visitors said about Matej's tour: "Today's city center visit - the best way to enjoy Hamburg. Matej thank you very much!"
Ralph was born & raised in Hamburg; lived a life of a travelling businessman before mounting a bicycle to rave Hamburg as a bike-messenger. He then travelled the world, taking a dip in every river or lake he liked including Lake McKenzie, Yellowstone Lake and Lake Tahoe. Since he likes swimming and diving he lived in Tenerife where he worked as a tour guide for years before coming back home to the most beautiful city in the world. This is what visitors say about Ralph´s tour: “Great despite the rain” 5 of 5 stars | Reviewed March 30, 2014 "Me and my friend are so glad we joined this walking tour! We got to learn so much about Hamburg thanks to our guide Ralph. Such a lovely man who was knowledgeable and passionate about the city. He was also happy to give directions, answer questions and give recommendations. Thanks again Ralph!" 9.1.2014 five star review
Rhonda is an Aussie gal who came to Hamburg for it's "lovely" weather. She considers the weather to be even better now that she carries a yellow umbrella! Rhonda is here to learn German and feels that she has come home as her Grandfather immigrated to Australia from Hamburg in the 1920s. She has fallen in love with the city and loves to share the sites with it's visitors. Rhonda wants to always be travelling but when she can't, she believes that the next best thing is to meet travellers! Her favourite thing to say is: "when I can't tell you the truth, I'll tell you a good story!"
Robin is born-and bred in Hamburg and our only member of the team that is not a tour guide. Unfortunately, he invests all his time into Robin and the Tourguides IT, book-keeping and in developing of new ideas and does not make enough yet to pay for dates. But he is the best person to comb the web for top flight offers to exotic places, hack the Eurovision Song Contest computers and for the best Europop-Songs for your next houseparty!
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Born and raised in a little village of Northern Germany, Steffi always got itchy feet. Therefore, she likes guided tours best in foreign cities where she can be a participant herself. Here in Hamburg she supports the team in the back office. Since she masters her full-time job as a Management Assistant with ease, she claims to have fun answering questions in her spare time. As a certified Foreign Language Business Assistant, she supports you in English, French and Spanish. Not being a tour guide, she competes directly with Robin and for equality reasons asks to change the company’s name to "Steffi, Robin and the Tourguides". It’s only a matter of time ;-)
Moin, Moin! In 1985 I was born close to the city boundary of Hamburg and I’m continuously living in the city since then. Hamburg is my city and that’s why I’m feeling like a weather proof Hamburgian boy. In 2011, I started to offer tours of the city. What started as a side job for my studies (social economics), has now become my profession. When I am not walking through the city with a yellow umbrella, I am sitting on my tricycle taxi and offering guided tours through the city. With time, tours of the city have become my passion, and after my studies you will still find me guiding tours through the most beautiful places in Hamburg: by foot, with a yellow umbrella, or on the tricycle taxi! Looking forward to seeing you soon :-)
Tilman originated from the Münsterland, a Region in Western Germany. He studied Biomedical Engineering in Jena, Thuringia and worked as an Engineer several years. Finally he came to Hamburg in 2001. In 2009 he decided to leave the professional hamster wheel and started to to this and that - “düt un dat” as we say in Hamburg. In 2011 he started to expose the remarkable aspects of Hamburg to visitors and locals, by foot, bike and bicycle rickshaw. The passion to explore foreign countries and cities awaked in several journeys to Asia, Europe and America: “Probably the best was China by bike!”. His favourite are the little specialities by the wayside, just to enter a house entrance and discover a nice staircase or a lovely inner courtyard.
Verena is originally a Munich „Madl“, but when you listen to her, you can immediately feel her enthusiasm for Hamburg and many people consider her to be a real Hamburger „Deern“. She can live up to new living situations as a cultural science major. That is why she has traveled the world studying one year in New Delhi, working in South Africa, and then moving on to Hamburg, her new home of choice. She loves to seek new adventures with her travels and lives according to the motto: You have only really experienced a place when you have discovered it by foot. That is why she recently put on her hiking shoes to hike the Himalayan mountains - and when they broke she simply continued in flip flops. With Hamburg Free Walking Tours, Verena shines with every weather and is pleased to show the city to guests from all around the world and tell amazing stories of Hamburg´s history.