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Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

Picturesque small harbour at the Elbe river

The museum harbour Oevelgönne is a wonderful destination for young and old on the Elbe beach. Around 20 classic ships are moored at the Neumühlen quay.

Five of the ships are owned by the association Museumshafen Oevelgönne e. V., which operates this port, others belong to the Altonaer Museum, the Museum für Hamburger Geschichte, the Museum der Arbeit or are privately owned.

Visitors can stroll along the jetties and read the information boards about the ships, but some ships also offer guided tours. There are no special times for sightseeing, but most crews are happy to receive visitors. Donations for the preservation are gladly taken. On the D.E.S. Bergedorf is the Museumshafen Café, where typical Hanseatic cuisine is served.

Those who have marvelled at enough pots should relax at Hamburg's Elbe beach. Right next to the harbour are the small, colourful little houses where sailors used to live, and next to them stretches the Elbe beach. In summer, sun-hungry locals and guests alike come here, and you could almost think you are on the Mediterranean and not in Hamburg in northern Germany. A coffee or an ice cream in one of the beach cafés, and the holiday feeling is perfect. The most famous café on Hamburg's city beach is the Beach Pearl.

Old Swede! A foundling is the first immigrant of the Hanseatic city

If you stroll along the Elbe beach, you will come to Old Sweden, a huge boulder discovered during excavation work. The over 1.7 million year old stone with a weight of 217 tons probably came here from Sweden in one of the ice ages, hence the name. One is always surprised, if one lies the monster from another time so there.

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Where to watch ships

In Hamburg, the best and most well-known ocean liners in the world regularly enter and leave the harbour, which makes Hamburg a popular place for ship-spotters - 12 months out of the year.

Where to watch ships
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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Altona & Ottensen

For strolling, having a coffee, taking a walk or having some delicious food – situated directly at the Elbe and traversed by parks, Altona & Ottensen are considered to be charming and diverse districts with character. Brick walls create a rather rough atmosphere in Altona, while it is lively and colourful in Ottensen.

Altona & Ottensen

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Hamburg's water station. Landungsbrücken

The floating dock - called the "Landungsbrücken" (landing stages) – is 700 metres long. Harbour tours and the HADAG steamers to Finkenwerder, Oevelgönne and Blankenese leave from this water "station". Impressive luxury cruisers also dock here from time to time.

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In addition to the harbour, the Alster forms the maritime face of the city of Hamburg. The Alster, divided in to Binnenalster and Außenalster by the Lombardsbrücke, is a meeting point and attraction for tourists and Hamburgers alike.

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Maritime flair in the HafenCity. Magellan-Terraces

In front of the Bankhaus Wölbern building take the steps down to the MAGELLAN-TERRACES.


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