Hamburg Harbor, otherwise known as the Port of Hamburg, is the largest port in Germany and the third busiest port in Europe. It was founded in 1189 and it still plays an important role in the city today as a commercial port and home to many shipyards. Steeped in history, the area around the port attracts many visitors each year and it’s a popular destination for cruise ships.
Learn about the city’s historyVisit the port to learn about the vast history of times gone by and its importance to the city and trading. Guided sightseeing boat tours are available, offering a different perspective of the area. As with many other cities in Europe, the redevelopment of the docklands area has seen numerous restaurants and bars emerge, as well as small stores and boutiques selling all sorts of treats and souvenirs. It is home to the St. Pauli Elbtunnel, several maritime museums and even a floating church, the Flussschifferkirche, known as the Boatman’s Church in English.
The port has also become the home of many places representing Hamburg’s cultural focus, with a variety of art museums, galleries and art centers. Some of these are the Museum of Art and Industry, the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburger Kunsthalle and Deichtorhallen hall for contemporary art and photography.
Taste fresh seafood at the Fish MarketThe local Fish Market is located in the harbor area next to the Fish Auction Hall (Fischauktionshalle) in St. Pauli. This bustling market is worth the early Sunday morning rise. The market dates back to the 1700s and is the city’s oldest open-air market. Open every Sunday morning (check the website for updated hours) this is a large attraction for tourists and locals alike. As well as fresh seafood straight off the boats, the market also offers a range of food products, flowers and teas. Once you are finished here drop by the Fish Auction Hall to enjoy something to eat from one of the many stalls.
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg is the ideal place to stay as it is located in the downtown area and close to all the city’s attractions. The harbor area and the fish market can be easily reached by public transport or with a nice stroll through the pleasant Wallringpark. After a day of exploring the harbor, take advantage of the services offered by the Health & Sport Botanical Spa and the delicious Italian cuisine at Filini Restaurant and Bar.