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Willkomm-Höft

Willkomm-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.

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 relaxing in the café and restaurant of the Schulauer Fährhaus, where ships can be seen arriving and leaving.

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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.

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Port of Hamburg

About 8,000 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.

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St. Petri

Hamburg's oldest existing church is located directly in the current shopping district on Mönckebergstrasse, and it is named after the apostle and martyr Peter, who is depicted with a key as the "gatekeeper of heaven".

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Außenalster
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Oasis in the city. Außenalster

The Alster divides into the Binnen- and Außenalster at the Lombardsbrücke bridge. The Außenalster in particular offers excellent recreational opportunities with its numerous parks and adjacent sports facilities. The banks of the Alster in Harvestehude, Uhlenhorst and Winterhude are the preferred living quarters of the wealthy Hamburg residents.

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