Shipgazing Tour

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    Shipgazing Tour

    Container ships, sailing vessels or cruise ships, ships have always had something magical about them. Maybe it's the sense of freedom or the ease with which they glide across the water. Who knows? In Hamburg they enthral locals and visitors alike every day. We have listed some of the best viewing spots here.

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    Hamburg Cruise Centre in HafenCity

    The Hamburg Cruise Centre in HafenCity is not just a simple berth for cruise ships. From here you can enjoy an extensive view of the Port of Hamburg and a perfect spot to welcome the giants of the sea, sailing ships and smaller boats to Hamburg or wave them goodbye.

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    Weinberg am Stintfang

    This viewing point is something special. Because on the upstream slope there is a small vineyard from which the Hamburg Stintfang Cuvée is obtained. The viewing point is located approximately 20 metres directly above the Landungsbrücken underground station, making it easy to reach, and it offers a beautiful view of the harbour and the ships passing by.

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    Dockland

    Dockland is an architectural masterpiece. The office building in the shape of a parallelogram extends a full 40 metres over the water like the bow of a ship. The nearly 500 square metre roof terrace can be reached by a flight of stairs and offers an unbelievable view over the Elbe. At a height of 25 metres, the passing of an ocean liner becomes even more impressive than before.

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    View from the tower of St. Michaelis church

    St. Michaelis church in Hamburg is the perfect place to view giant cruise liners, enormous container ships and old sailboats. From the platform of the 132-metre high tower, the view of the Port of Hamburg is simply heavenly. It really is a sight to behold especially at night when the lights shine on the water and illuminate the ships.

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    Süllberg Bistro & Terrassen

    What could be nicer after a long walk or day out than enjoying a nice cup of coffee and a piece of delicious cake? The experience can be rounded off with a breath-taking view of the Elbe from Hamburg's highest point. With its cosy yet stylish feel, the diverse menu and the unique Elbe setting, the Bistro on the Süllberg is the perfect place for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. The menu focuses on simple,...

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    Zum Alten Lotsenhaus

    Ship gazing with tradition The "Alte Lotsenhaus" in Övelgönne is one of the oldest restaurants in Hamburg and in addition to its famous mustard and cucumber soup and great Finkenwerder-style plaice, it has a beautiful view of the Elbe. From the terrace or the restaurant you will experience it up close when the ships arrive back from or set out on a long voyage.

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    Fish Market

    Hamburg's Fish Market is probably one of the most famous squares in the harbour city. Life pulsates here not only every Sunday from 5am when the revellers from the Reeperbahn want to satisfy their hunger or the early birds check out the incredible range on offers at the market. The Fish Market also offers a perfect view of the beautiful Port of Hamburg and the passing ships every day.

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    The southern bank of the Elbe and the Theater im Hafen

    Consider the kings of the seas from the other side - from the southern bank of the Elbe from the Lion King theatre. Experience cruise liners, container ships and sailing vessels gliding in front of the beautiful skyline of Hamburg and let your thoughts wander into the distance.

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    Landungsbrücken

    The Landungsbrücken are an extremely popular destination as there is plenty on offer: great shopping, delicious restaurants and typical Hamburg sights. This undoubtedly includes the museum ships Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego as well as the fire ship in the harbour. But the passing ocean liners too are an integral part of the Landungsbrücken.

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    Altona Balcony

    Around 30 metres above the Elbe is an impressive spot, the Altona Balcony. This idyllic green space is often used as a picnic and barbecue area and place to relax, especially in summer. But from here you also have a sensational view of the Port of Hamburg. Summer and winter, you can watch the ships passing by as they elegantly cut through the water.

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    Cafe Elbterrassen

    One of the best views of Hamburg is definitely from Café Elbterrassen. Here you will experience a unique view of Hamburg museum harbour and enjoy the vivid contrast between the historic museum ships and the majestic modern container giants and cruise liners passing by.

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    IndoChine Waterfront Restaurant

    Chill out and relax in comfort while watching the ships on the Elbe. No restaurant offer this better than IndoChine Waterfront. The Indo-Chinese restaurant is located on the Elbe, near the Elbe beach and apart from authentic Indo-Chinese cuisine offers breathtaking views. Day or night, the view is guaranteed to take your breath away.

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Your Hamburg Tourismus Team