Today, I would like to take you along with me on a trip on the river Elbe through a part of the port of the metropolis.
We begin our tour in the HafenCity at the „Elbphilharmonie“ and the cruise ship Queen Mary 2. We see Hamburg’s skyline and a beach (there are 12 kilometers of beaches altogether in the port) on the one side of the Elbe and the dockyards and oversees terminals on the other. Before we head back to the Queen Mary 2, we pass Airbus, the pilot station and the ship radar in Hamburg-Finkenwerder.
Hamburg’s harbor was the “Port of Dreams” to 5 million emigrants from 1850 until 1934. It is still the “Gateway to the World.” Nowhere else is the maritime trade and international shipping as immediate day-to-day experience as in the well-known port city.
Hamburg’s port measures 7200 hectares. It is one of the largest and most important seaports with oversees terminals on a length of 15 kilometers. 20 of the top 25 liner shipping companies in the world have their European head offices or a subsidiary in Hamburg. The city is also the seat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
Enough talk. Enjoy the hustle and bustle on the heavily frequented waterway between Germany’s second largest city and the North Sea!