The Hamburger Hafen, often referred to as the 'gateway to the world', has expanded a great deal since its founding, prior to ... More
Port of Hamburg
The Hamburger Hafen, often referred to as the 'gateway to the world', has expanded a great deal since its founding, prior to the 12th century. If the Alster is the soul of the city, then the harbor, pulsating the energy that drives the city, is its heart. Hamburg is one of the world's largest sea ports - approximately 12,000 ships dock here annually and with the volume of traffic reaching over 71 million tonnes, it is clearly one of the largest industrial areas in Europe. The harbor covers about 75 square kilometers and takes up almost one tenth of the city's total area. 400 kilometers of railway track connect it to trade routes and it has access to several million square meters of warehouse and open-air storage. The Landungsbrücken, the Old Elbe Tunnel and one of the city's major landmarks, the Köhlbrandt bridge are all eye-catching symbols of the old harbor. The early 1990s saw the conversion of the formerly derelict Kehrwiederspitze area, which lies in the center into a modern residential and business district. Several tours of the harbor take place in many areas of the port daily, departing from the Landungsbrücken.
From the newly built quarter "HafenCity" over the historical harbour lane untill the mediterranean "Beach Clubs" in the end, the harbour site is perfect for a walk on sunday.
Start at metro station "Baumwall", down left the new "Hafencity" for fans of modern architecture, then go back river-down crossing the museum-ship, the gangways ("Landungsbr�cken"), then the fish market and if the sun still shines in the summer months dont miss one of the so called "Beach Clubs" which means cocktail under palms and industrial harbour views with chillout-music in the background (open from midday until almost midnight)!
The harbour (Hafen) and all the businesses around it are the basis of Hamburg as a merchant city. It is a very large compact harbour, in Europe second only to Rotterdam, NL, and very fast. You can view all sorts of ships and activities (best on a boat round trip starting at Landungsbruecke). Also visit the storehouse area dating back to 1880 (Speicherstadt).
There is a saying that you haven't experienced Hamburg until you've seen it from the water. Fortunately, there are plenty
of opportunities to do just that, one of them being aboard the HADAG boats which offer amenities such as ...
This lovely white building (built 1895 98) is located at the southern end of a rectangular site. It was designed
by Joseph Brix in the style of the Wilhelmine era. It incorporates the facade of the former Altona railway ...
Covering an area of 150 hectares (370.6 acres), the Stadtpark is the city's second biggest park and a magnet for
joggers, cyclists and sunbathers during the warm summers. The lake is a great place for a swim (temperature permitting) ...