Maritime Highlights

approx. 25.8 km, approx. 2.5 h

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    Maritime Highlights

    From the Elbe via the Fish Market to Speicherstadt up to Hamburg's new HafenCity. Stroll along the waterfront or even take to the water for a tour around the Port of Hamburg. Here is a small selection of options for a memorable day out in Hamburg:

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    A - Hamburg Cruise Centre HafenCity

    The construction of the Hamburg Cruise Centre in HafenCity has created a temporary cruise terminal close to the city centre, which was able to welcome its first visitors in April 2004. The 1200 sq. metre Terminal 1 is impressive on account of its simple yet unique architecture. Here, two very familiar elements of shipping serve as a leitmotif: The sea container and the white sail.

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    B - View Point

    You can find the unmistakable orange viewing tower right next to Klaus Störtebeker. From the 13-metre tower, you can not only follow the progress of the construction work in HafenCity, you are also really close to the CRUISE CENTRE. When the large passenger ships come to dock at The Port of Hamburg, this "Cruise Centre" has become an attraction for tourists from all over the world.

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    C - Kesselhaus

    KESSELHAUS is situated in a historic brick building dating from 1886/87, which was formerly the Speicherstadt power station. The café terrace by the water offers a wonderful view of the historic buildings of the Speicherstadt. The HafenCity InfoCenter has a 32 sq. metre urban model on display showing the current state of the project.

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    D - Elbphilharmonie

    Located at the top of the Kaiserkai is the prominent KAISPEICHER A which is becoming a new landmark of Hamburg through the construction of the spectacular Elbphilharmonie. The completion of the construction work by the Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron which has also attracted international interest is scheduled for 2011.

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    E - Feuerschiff

    The Feuerschiff is an old British lightship which has been single-handedly converted into a "bar-pub-restaurant-hotel-events-ship" by Captain Wulf Hoffmann and his family.

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    F - Cap San Diego

    The Cap San Diego is a museum ship moored at the Überseebrücke. You can visit everything from the impressive 11,000+ horsepower engine and the four decks up to the bridge, from the former loading bay to the passenger saloons.

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    G - Old Elbe Tunnel

    The Elbe Tunnel was a technological marvel when it was opened in 1911. Since the new tunnel was built in 1975, the 426.5-metre Old Elbe Tunnel has become a nostalgic piece of Hamburg's history.

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    H - Fish Market

    Get up early or freeze through? Every Sunday morning from 5.00am to 9.30am (from 7.00am in the Winter) since 1703 Hamburg's most traditional market has been trading in just about anything and everything that isn't nailed down. A special highlight once the shopping is done is brunch in the historic fish auction hall.

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    I - Elbe beach

    Relax and enjoy the beautiful weather with the beautiful people. On sunny days, the river bank at Oevelgönne below Elbchaussee is as busy as the Copacabana. People meet at the Strandperle, an iconic kiosk right on the water. Here, sausages, potato salad and beer are all to hand and you can even take a shower.

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    J - Willkomm-Höft

    World-famous ship welcoming point. Every day from sunrise to sunset (8.00am to 8.00pm in the summer) all ships of at least 500 GRT arriving in and leaving the port are greeted. The Hamburg flag is dipped and the national anthem of the ship concerned is played along with a short welcome message in the appropriate national language. Visitors are given more information on the cargo, route and facts about the ship while...

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