The Port of Hamburg – door to the world
The Port of Hamburg and the HafenCity are situated in the southern new town. Here old meets new, and tradition meets innovation. The biggest seaport in Germany and the second largest in Europe can look back on an 800 year history. Every year on May 7th Hamburg celebrates the port’s anniversary with a festival lasting several days, during which visitors can marvel at some of the biggest sailing ships in the world in the entry parade.
On the subject of big ships: the Queen Mary 2 regularly berths in Hamburg. She and other giants of the sea can be admired from the new cruise terminal, the Hamburg Cruise Center in the HafenCity.
The HafenCity, to date the biggest inner-city development project in Europe, shows a new, modern Hamburg. Only the Kaiserspeicher A, on which the new Elbe Philharmonic Hall has been developed, and a few symbolic harbour cranes, remind us of the original use of the area. Today, architecturally interesting and award-winning buildings such as the Unilever Building and the Marco Polo Tower capture the eye of visitors. You should also linger on the Magellan Terraces, from which you can watch the bustling activity in the port in relaxation.
The Port of Hamburg: always something going on
Further along the Elbe you come to the Landungsbrücken (landing stages), from where you can begin a harbour tour, large or small. You can’t miss the offers; just listen out for the men yelling at the top of their voices!
For landlubbers, the old Elbe tunnel offers the opportunity to get a different view of the Port of Hamburg. Pedestrians and cyclists can go free of charge under the Elbe and arrive at the dockyard island Steinwerder.
At the Landungsbrücken we come to the extensive area of the fish market. Here, early on a Sunday morning, an incomparable authentic Hamburg experience awaits its visitors. Whether fruit, fish or flowers: here you can buy everything and haggle with the traders. A crazy, loud spectacle, not just for tourists to experience.
Don’t forget: at the Port of Hamburg there’s always something going on!