The smoothest way to approach Hamburg, the city with more bridges than Venice, is by boat.
There are so many options that it's hard to decide where to start! You can discover the inner and outer city lake Alster by the traditional "Alster ferry", see people taking a walk on the banks. You can explore Hamburg’s harbour with a boat trip, getting an idea of the true maritime and cosmopolitan flair. Or you do it like the locals: just enjoy the wonderful views! The sunset, for example, from the viewpoint "Hafenbalkon" above the port and river Elbe and watch the big container ships passing by...
To contact the Alster ferry go to www.alstertouristik.de.
To contact the harbour tours go to www.hamburg.de.