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Harbour Gangs at the Hamburg Dungeon

Hamburg has one of the largest ports in Europe. 200 years ago, the harbor already was a pivotal trading post for merchants from all over the world. And it is essentially an unwritten rule: wherever trade flourishes, pirates will flock since no one wants to pay high taxes on already expensive goods. Thus spirits, coffee, tea, and spices – aside from various stolen items – became coveted goods which pirate gangs smuggled across the river Elbe.

If such a package happened to fall from a carriage, it only made sense to sell it to the highest bidder for a profit. It would be a shame to let all those fine wares go to waste.

But now it’s time: quit chattering and listen up! You are now part on an infamous pirate crew and you and your men are smuggling illegal goods across the harbor of Hamburg. Better remember the password, it just might save your skin in the end.

Watch your back as you journey through the darkness – the cunning tax collector is already on your trail and he knows no mercy! He is known not only for his good eyes and ears but also for his taste for sadistic games. So keep your eyes open because there may be something frightful, something silly, or something treacherous waiting for you around every bend.


  • At what point in time were smuggling gangs particularly active?
  • Which one of your fellow travelers is especially afraid of water?
  • Is the tax collector’s canon truly loaded?


The boatride is one of the most popular shows of the Hamburg Dungeon. Many visitors are astonished by the size of our indoor boatride. An artificial, 60-meter long canal has been constructed within the old buildings of the warehouse district, holding around 430 bathtubs of water; a true feat from the technicians since space was severely limited and made construction quite the challenge. If you look closely during the ride, you might catch some interesting details among the scenery.

Did you know that Hamburg is basically surrounded by water and that the city has over 2.500 bridges? This number is higher than in any other European city!