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Arriving in Hamburg on the Elbe

Experience the Elbe from its delta to Hamburg and the port of Hamburg!

When a ship turns from the North Sea into the 18 kilometre wide Elbe delta, about 107 kilometres of great river cruise lie in front of the bow until it anchors in Hamburg's harbour. All in all, you will experience the trip in six sections.

The first contact with Hamburg is already 15 kilometres north-west of Cuxhaven with the island of Neuwerk, which belongs to Hamburg. At the second point in Cuxhaven you meet the mainland for the first time. At the northernmost tip of Lower Saxony, in addition to the "Alte Liebe" (a pier with a viewing platform), you can also see the "Kugelbake" (spherical beacon) - the former navigation mark is now Cuxhaven's landmark and part of the city's coat of arms.

Cruising on, a unique region stretches out: the Alte Land. It is the largest closed fruit-growing area in Europe and attracts many visitors every year with its charming villages with old, thatched and lavishly restored half-timbered houses. When you now hear the national anthem of the ship, you have reached the fourth point of your Elbe journey. For 60 years at Willkomm-Höft, almost every ship passing the Schulau ferry house has been greeted with its national anthem via loudspeaker and said goodbye again. Now the elegant section of Hamburg begins. The proud white villas of the suburbs Blankenese, Nienstedten and Othmarschen stand out clearly from the otherwise lush green slopes.

At Blankenese, between Landungsbrücken and Speicherstadt, the port of Hamburg joins. The last point of your journey. Enjoy the Hamburg harbour panorama with landing bridges, Speicherstadt, Michel, the museum ships RICKMER RICKMERS and CAP SAN DIEGO, Elbphilharmonie and container terminals.

 

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ANeuwerk Island

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About 100 kilometres west of Hamburg lies the almost three square kilometre small, inhabited island of Neuwerk in front of the mouth of the Elbe in the Wadden Sea part of the North Sea. Politically, the island belongs to the Hamburg district of Neuwerk.

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Neuwerk Island

  • Address
    27499 Hamburg

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27499 Hamburg

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BCuxhaven

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You can see the "Kugelbake" at the northern peak of Lower Saxony next to "Alten Liebe" (a pier with viewing platform) – the former navigational mark is the symbol of Cuxhaven today and part of the city's coat of arms.

Cuxhaven

  • Address Strandstraße 80
    27474 Cuxhaven

Cuxhaven

Strandstraße 80
27474 Cuxhaven

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CAltes Land

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Nordic fruit orchards, pink fields of blossoms and a fresh Elbe breeze – the Alte Land is one of the prettiest day trip destinations far away from the massiveness of the Hamburg metropolitan area.

Altes Land

  • Address
    21635 Jork

Altes Land


21635 Jork

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DWillkomm-Höft

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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.

Willkomm-Höft

  • Address Elbstraße
    22880 Wedel
  • Opening hours
    • Mon11:00 - 23:00
    • Tue11:00 - 23:00
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    • 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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EBlankenese Treppenviertel

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The Blankenese Treppenviertel offers its residents a delightful view of the Elbe and of the passing ships.

Blankenese Treppenviertel

  • Address
    22587 Blankenese

Blankenese


22587 Blankenese

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FPort of Hamburg

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About 13,000 ships from all over the world call at Europe's second largest port. From Hamburgs cruise ship terminal to the historic Speicherstadt and the jetties to the modern container port - it smells like freedom and distant countries here.

Port of Hamburg

  • Address
    20457 Hamburg

Hamburger Hafen


20457 Hamburg

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