Highlights along the Elbe

On a long Elbe cruise

Between the impressive skyline of HafenCity, the historic Speicherstadt and the rugged North Sea, there are around 100 kilometres of the Elbe that you shouldn't miss. While your cruise ship glides majestically along the Elbe, numerous areas and regions, historical sites and impressive buildings pass by on port and starboard, all of which are worth a second glance. The most beautiful are described here and marked on the map.

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On a long Elbe cruise

Between the impressive skyline of HafenCity, the historic Speicherstadt and the rugged North Sea, there are around 100 kilometres of the Elbe that you shouldn't miss. While your cruise ship glides majestically along the Elbe, numerous areas and regions, historical sites and impressive buildings pass by on port and starboard, all of which are worth a second glance. The most beautiful are described here and marked on the map.

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1.Speicherstadt

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The impressive complex of warehouses was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 together with the Kontorhaus district. As if that weren't enough, there are numerous cafés, restaurants and museums in the immediate vicinity. On a harbour and canal cruise with one of the many barge ships you can see the Speicherstadt from a completely different perspective and experience it up close!

 

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Speicherstadt

Address

Brook
20457 Hamburg

Speicherstadt

Brook
20457 Hamburg

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2.HafenCity

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HafenCity combines past and present in a unique symbiosis. A true architectural and cultural highlight! Attractions such as the Miniatur Wunderland, the Elbphilharmonie and the Speicherstadt attract many sightseers.

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HafenCity

Address

Am Sandtorkai 30
20457 Hamburg

HafenCity

Am Sandtorkai 30
20457 Hamburg

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3.The Landungsbrücken

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As the name suggests, the Landungsbrücken are Hamburg's most famous water station. From here you can start on one of the numerous harbour tours, eat one of the most popular fish sandwiches in the city or just relax with a coffee or ice cream and enjoy the view of the harbour and the "big pots". Don't miss the sunset! It's really romantic...

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Landungsbrücken

Address

Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken
20359 Hamburg

Landungsbrücken

Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken
20359 Hamburg

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4.The Fish Market

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The Hamburg fish market is known throughout the world. Even tourists from Japan, almost 9,000 km away, flock to Hamburg for a visit here. Every Sunday from sunrise there are fresh fish, vegetables and other delicious specialities. But don't get up too late, because the spectacle is over by 9:30 a.m. at the latest.

 

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Fish Market

Address

St. Pauli Fischmarkt 2
20359 Hamburg

Opening hours
  • Sun05:00 - 09:30

Fischmarkt

St. Pauli Fischmarkt 2
20359 Hamburg

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5.St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn

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The Kiez - who doesn't know it? Famous and infamous all over the world, you can celebrate endlessly here. There's always something happening on the Reeperbahn. If you're a prude, you're definitely in the wrong corner of Hamburg. The best nightclubs line up next to the most famous bars and pubs as well as some theatres and playhouses. And if you're still up at dawn, you can go straight to our 10th top attraction.

 

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Reeperbahn

Address

Reeperbahn
20359 Hamburg

Reeperbahn St. Pauli

Reeperbahn
20359 Hamburg

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6.The Köhlbrandbrücke

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Since 1974, the Köhlbrandbrücke has been the most important connector in the port of Hamburg and one of the city's landmarks. The bridge stretches almost four kilometres across the container port, and more than 45,000 vehicles cross the southern arm of the Elbe every day, which here is called the Köhlbrand.

 

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Köhlbrandbrücke

Address

Köhlbrandbrücke
21107 Hamburg

Köhlbrandbrücke

Köhlbrandbrücke
21107 Hamburg

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7.Museum Harbour Övelgönne

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Visitors can stroll along the jetties and read the information boards; some ships also offer guided tours. There are no special times for sightseeing, but most crews are happy to allow visitors on board.

Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

Address

Oevelgönne 42
22763 Hamburg

Museumshafen Oevelgönne

Oevelgönne 42
22763 Hamburg

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8.Blankenese

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Get fantastic views of large ships and colourful sailboats that silently sail the Elbe. See chic villas and cute old fishermen's cottages. Experience all the charm of the probably most famous Elbe suburb Blankenese on a tour of the famous and romantic stair quarter.

 

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Blankenese Treppenviertel

Address


22587 Blankenese

Blankenese


22587 Blankenese

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9.The Willkomm-Höft

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Willkomm-Höft is a world-famous ship welcoming facility. Every day from sunrise to sunset (in summer from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) every incoming and outgoing ship over 500 GRT is welcomed. The Hamburg flag is dipped, the appropriate national anthem sounds and a greeting in the respective national language is heard. Visitors can watch the ships arriving and departing at the Schulauer Fährhaus café and restaurant.

 

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Willkomm-Höft

Address

Elbstraße
22880 Wedel

Opening hours
  • Mon11:00 - 23:00
  • Tue11:00 - 23:00
  • Wed11:00 - 23:00
  • Thu11:00 - 23:00
  • Fri11:00 - 23:00
  • Sat11:00 - 23:00
  • Sun11:00 - 23:00

Willkomm-Höft

Elbstraße
22880 Wedel

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10.Container Terminals

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Around 85 million tons of goods are shipped daily from the four terminals of Europe's second largest container port. And the number is growing every year. The container terminals in Hamburg are not accessible to normal visitors. It would be far too dangerousu. But the container terminals in Hamburg can also be seen from the Elbe during a harbour tour.

 

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Container terminals

Address

Waltershofer Damm
21129 Hamburg

Containerterminals

Waltershofer Damm
21129 Hamburg

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Shipping & Cruises

Experience the metropolis on the Elbe before or after your cruise or just watch the ships. Be there live and up close when the most amazing cruise ships arrive at Hamburg's cruise terminals.

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Leaving Hamburg on the Elbe

Experience the Elbe from Hamburg to its delta into the North Sea!

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The Elbe

You can experience the "big pots" - big ships - up close at numerous places along the Elbe. Apart from the Landungsbrücke and the fish market, there are numerous other spots where you can experience the maritime lifestyle.

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