Our team


Hamburg City Cycles was founded in 2009 by Lars Michaelsen and has its office in St. Pauli very close to the famous Reeperbahn and the stunning harbour.
We focus on guided bike tours only and manage a very well equipped bike rental.
We believe the best way to discover Hamburg is on a bike tour – that’s why we cycle through our favourite city Hamburg everyday with people from all over the world.

Guides and organization


Favourite tour: Elbe bank – Most beautiful place in Hamburg: Vier- and Marschlande – In my free time I ride: Singlespeed Möhre, cargo bike, racing bike – Whenever possible: wrestling with my children – Favourite quote: Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you“ – Favourite drink: Gin Tonic


Favourite tour: individual tours with small groups – Most beautiful place in Hamburg: Stintfang – In my free time I ride: Cannondale, Tesoro 3, tube, car2go – No go: Nazis, AfD (twice the impact) – Never without it on tour: photobook, hat, guests – Others do it better than me: speaking russian, sitting still


Favourite tour: Elbe bank. Alster. Or maybe Wilhelmsburg? – Most beautiful place in Hamburg: Bornsteinplatz at the southern end of elb tunnel – In my free time I ride: mostly my bike – I like: Elephants, ginger, peace on earth and most of all my dearest. – Favourite food: depends on season, but definitely pears, beans and bacon (traditional Hamburg dish) – From: Duchy Lauenburg


From: Hamburg – Favourite place: Park Fiction – I like: empathy and patience – I dislike: no time for breakfast – Love to listen to: reggae from latin america – Favourite food: mom's spaghetti bolognese – Favourite drink: passion fruit spritzer – Name of my barber: Horner Schere – Always on tour: curiosity and good mood – Profession: tourism merchant and student of politics – Let's go here: to the South



Favourite tour: Wilhelmsburg – Most beautiful place in Hamburg: Oberes Alstertal – In my free time I ride: racing bike and cyclocross – Don’t like it at all: noisy cars and motorbikes – Makes my belly happy: cheese spaetzle – True born: from Oberschwaben, close to Bodensee


Favourite tour: Hamburg Compact – Favourite place in Hamburg: Fish market – Just awesome: tolerance – No go: ignorance – In my free time I do: guiding through Millerntor, traveling – Have to go to: doesn’t matter as long as I’m on the road

Lars L.

Favourite tour: Blankenese, uphill – Favourite tour in Hamburg: cemetery Ohlsdorf just before its closing – Favourite food: Schnipo Schrank – Favourite quote: „Health might not be everything, but without health everything is nothing.“ (would be easier to follow without Schnipo Schranke) – Name of my barber: Vorhair – Nachhair, door plate: Kamm In – Professional background: advertising – True born: from the deep woodlands


Favourite tour: Hamburg Compact – Favourite place in Hamburg: Alster by boat – Never ever without this on tour: freight elevator at the Old Elbtunnel – What I do besides: writing screenplays, making movies, cleaning the bathroom – Still practicing: German language! – Native: Australian


Favourite tour: Elbe bank I like: sitting in a Portoguese Restaurant with friends, drinking wine and pretending watching a football match Favourite music: Irish folk Favourite food: fish Highly required on tour: bottle with delicious water from the sink What I’m doing else: painting, reading, gardening Special skills: knitting socks


Favourite place in Hamburg: everything west of the Alster Privately I ride: city, trekking, racing and folding bike I like: Cabaret I like to listen to: countertenors Favorite quote: The clown is the most important meal of the day Indispensable on tour: my lambskin saddle cover Professional background: bodyworker, linguist What else do I do: sing in the ladies liqueur choir, improv theater Special skills: platt schnacken


Favorite tour: Hamburg Compact Favorite places in Hamburg: Alster, Bille, Elbe, Wandse and the harbor I don't like: Structural injustice and those who make it happen Favorite quote: Nadennyo to the port What else do I do: urban research or something like that That's where I want to go: To the port, then have a look. And best of all to Marseille.


Favorite tour: Hamburg Compact Favorite place in Hamburg: Hamburg harbor Privately I travel: often to Cape Town/South Africa I like: Concerts in the Elbphilharmonie and elsewhere in Hamburg I do not like: Selfishness I like to listen: jazz and soul Favorite drink: Gin in all possible variations Indispensable on tour: a good mood Professional background: retired police officer What else do I do: cycling, paddling in and around Hamburg in my own boat



Favourite place in Hamburg: island Kaltehofe I don’t like: drunken men in public transportation Favourite music: the perfect pop song Favourite food: cake Favourite drink: coffee Highly requirred on tour: air in the tube What I’m doing else: supporting the social initiative „Westwind“ Where I want to go: into the blue



With our bike tours we contribute to environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism in Hamburg. So that our children and their children can continue to live in an intact environment and society, we do our best every day to run our business as ecologically and socially as possible.

Good energy

Our operation uses green electricity: for our energy-efficient appliances, energy-saving light bulbs and our computers, which are turned off at night and run in sleep mode when not in use during the day. In this way, we ensure that only as much electricity is used as is urgently needed. For the consumption of our van we compensate certified by atmosfair the CO2 emissions, but leave it whenever possible: For smaller purchases, we prefer to use the cargo bike for shopping around the corner.


We separate waste: from scrap metal and hazardous materials to our recycled paper and paper pens in the office. If something can no longer be used, it is separated and disposed of properly. Ideally, we would like to recycle everything. But did you know that old bicycle tires belong in the residual waste? We have asked Continental if there is not a better solution for this. And we donate discarded bikes that are still perfectly usable to Westwind e.V. who make bicycles fit for refugees and people in need.

Social and fair

We want to be a role model as a social enterprise. Therefore, what others are still discussing applies to us: 12 € minimum wage. No unpaid overtime, no ifs and buts. In addition to fair pay, the compatibility of family and career is important to us – for owner Lars, himself a dad of three children, this is a matter of course. Also self-evident: Everyone is welcome. That’s why sexism and racism have no place at Hamburg City Cycles. Discriminatory and xenophobic statements will lead to exclusion from the bike tour. Item. And last but not least, a sentence that we would like to emphasize to you: Support your local dealer! As a Hamburg-based company, we support local partners for healthy consumption. It’s easy to join in: for example, on the Gentrification bike tour, where €3 per passenger goes to the St. Pauli district archive.