Port - Hafen, Hamburg
Hafenstrasse used to be a synonym for militant students back in 1968. They illigeally took posession of several empty houses in Hafenstrasse and succeded in all of the fights they had with the local police. A few years later the city of Hamburg made a contract with them and so they are living there now legally, with a great view over the port at one of the most beautiful places in the city.
Many of these buildings have colorfull grafities, and it might be worth to walk through it.
Many smaller details may still show that this is rather a fortification than a normal building... a place, that was not entered by police, firebrigades or any other legal representatives since 1967...
Spend some time out on St.Pauli-Landungsbrücken and the " Übersee-Brücke". Landungsbruecken is a giant, swimming platform with various shops, restaurants and most of the boats offering tours through the port of Hamburg or to Helgoland will start there, just as well as the HVV-boat-line #62, that will take you to Finkenwerder, passing by Ovelgoenne.
The difference between ebb and tide can be up to 1,60 meters here in Hamburg, that is why they needed a swimming platform.
At landungsbruecken you will find the most fish-restaurants and souvenir-shops of Hamburg and so it is easy to compare prices, that vary in fact a lot from one shop to the other, for exactely the same things...
Go and visit Rickmer Rickmers - an old sailingboat docked permanently in the port of Hamburg. This great ship is a museum nowadays and has also a great restaurant onboard !
SS Rickmer Rickmers was built in 1896 in Bremerhafen/Germany. It is made of steal.
Since 1987 the ship may be visited daily The ship is 97 metres long, 12,20 metres wide and is 6 metres below the water, the ship was run with a crew of 23 and the captain. At first the Rickmer Rickmers sailed regularly to Hongkong and brought rice and bamboo to Bremerhafen. Lateron it was a school-ship for Portugal, beeing called "SAGRES"
In 1958 this ship could win a big regatta against the norwegian school-ship "Christian Radich" but it was finally set out of service in 1962.
In 1983 the ship was bought by a group called "Windjammer für Hamburg" and restored completely !
"Cap San Diego" is the last classic cargo freighter that was built in 1960, shortly before Container-ships took over the business much more efficiently. Today this ship is a museum and you may walk around the ship freely and without restrictions. See the big cranes and look down to the many floors of the cargo-halls. Walking through this ships will give you an idea, what life onboard was like - for sure it was a lot less romantic than going on a cruise... on one of the decks you may watch an old film about this ship sailing between South-America and Europe back in 1960.
Onboard of "Cap SanDiego" you may rent several cabins, all of them are comfortable and have their own bath-tub and facilities.
The museum-ship is open daily 10.00a.m.-06.00p.m.
entrancefee is 6 euros (Hamburgcard 5 Euros)
Singlerooms are 65 euros (NO breakfast available)
The lifeline of Hamburg, the city owes its existance to the river Elbe which is navigable still here, and for huge ships at that. Walking along the quays can keep you busy for a day as there is so much to look at, ships to visit and boat tours to make. The latter is particularly good if you want to learn more about the history of the harbour.
Hamburg is getting more and more attractive to cruiseships. Hamburg itself offers a lot as for example good shopping, great museums and friendly people. Cities like Berlin or Luebeck can easily be reached in a day-trip.
For 2006 the following cruiseship will spend some time in Hamburg:
- Queen Mary 2
- Silver Cloud
For dates and names: Calendar of Cruiseships in Hamburg
The official beginning of the Port of Hamburg was in 1189, when Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa gave the right to hold markets to Hamburg. Now Hamburg is not only the biggest port in germany but also number 9 of all container-harbours in the world.
Hamburg's harbour is the biggest in Germany. Everyday big container-ships, cruiseships and other ships arrive and leave. They can easily be watched from Landungsbruecken, where there are many cafes and restaurants.
Hamburg Harbour on the River Elbe, founded in 812 for the importance of its location close to the North Sea, has been Central Europe's main port for passengers and freight for centuries. It is the largest sea port in Germany and the second largest in Europe, with over 7 million containers being handled here in 2004.
The history of the famous windjammer "SS Rickmer Rickmers"(the boat in the photo) which is moored in Hamburg Harbour can be found here:
The Landungsbrücken (literally "landing bridges" -- passenger docks) are Hamburg's railway station for boat trips. They were built for steamers heading abroad, especially to America. There still are cruise ships calling in Hamburg, but they have modern passenger docks a couple of hundreds of meters upstream.
A harbour cruise with one of the tourist boats is a must!
There are also ferries across the river elbe and further down the river to the exclusive suburb of Blankenese, the old city of Stade and Helgoland, an isolated island in the North Sea.
The whole port of Hamburg is not to be visited, but there are some great oportunities to see some of it though:
- The most pleasant way is to join one of the tours offered on the "barkassen" leaving from the backside of Landungsbrücken.
- One can also take one of several harbour ferries, which are, like
- bus no. 156 part of the public transportation system. This bus takes you on a great trip from Wilhemsburg to the "Old Ebtunnel"
The port of Hamburg is Europe's second largest (Rotterdam is bigger) and Germany's largest. Despite having developed into one of Germany's largest manufacturing cities the port has remained the heart of the Hanseatic city and is for those living inland Hamburg's greatest attraction. No visitor to Hamburg should leave "Germany's Gateway to the World" without seeing at first hand the bewildering diversity and shear size of the port.
This is a great way to have a look at the sights of the harbour. I am glad I went on this cruise.
The boat we were on was quite cramped up (as it was full capacity) but everyone was in a nice relaxed mood, so no one really bothered about that minor inconvenience. The narrations was in German (of course) but I was lucky to get some information translated by my guide (who was very amused by the narrations).
All in all, we managed to take so many pictures as the weather was just so incredible then :-) Have a look at my travelogue below to see what I saw.
The "Rickmer Rickmers" is an old vessel that has been changed into a museum. It is quite an adventure to visit this vessel - it makes you feel like a pirate!!!
This former East India trading ship is open daily to visitors from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M.
Food and beverages served in the restaurant and two clubrooms.
The 700 m long floating dock near the underground station Landungsbrücken is Hamburg’s waterway station. This is where tours of the harbour start, from here harbour ferries depart and the HADAG steamers to nearby Finkenwerder, Övelgönne and Blankenese. Even imposing luxury cruiseships put in here from time to time - in 2004 the "Queen Mary" was here! Colorful souvenir shops offer waterfront memories to buy and fish restaurants are lined up there.
The tower on the eastern side indicates the water level as well as the time and the ship’s bell tolls every half an hour.