Hamburg – the Waterside Metropolis
The Dockland is an office building at the banks of the Elbe behind the Hamburger fish market. The building from 2005 was designed by the Hamburg architect Hadi Teherani. The 500m² large roof terrace can be climbed by foot and is open for public visitors. It offers an impressive view of the river, the port facilities and the southern part of the river Elbe.
There are many ways to experience the river Elbe: by cycling, on a launch or on a sail boat. It’s the place where the industrial harbor and the everyday city life meet. On one side work is the main focus while on the other side locals walk across the Elbe beach or enjoy the great view at a café or restaurant.
The driving force of the economic development of Hamburg and the Metropolitan Region is the port of Hamburg which is the largest universal port in Germay. With an annual turnover of about nine million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) Hamburg is one of the three largest container ports in Europe.
HafenCity Hamburg, the largest urban development project in Europe, is being built on 157 hectares in the former harbor district. Located directly on the Elbe and directly at the port, this new city district is being created to provide a unique mix of culture and leisure, urban living and working, shopping and dining.
Accordion players, souvenir shops, small kiosks and snack bars are part of the Landungsbrücken. Here you will get the best fish sandwich at bridge 10. From there, a staircase leads to the courtyard of the youth hostel Am Stintfang. It offers an impressive view of the port with a panoramic sunset.
The Outer Alster is mainly used for sailing, rowing as well as Stand-Up-Paddling and taking a pedal boat trip. There are many opportunities to enjoy the green oasis: jogging, laying on the lawn or on a deckchair or just going for a walk – the big lake in the middle of the city is not only a “place to be” in summer but year round.
The Speicherstadt is the world’s biggest historical warehouse complex. It extends over 26 hectares in the heart of Hamburg’s port and comprises 17 building complexes in the style of Gothic red-brick. High-value goods such as coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, tobacco, and, in recent decades, oriental carpets, have been stored behind the thick walls of these warehouses.
Two rivers characterize Hamburg, one arouses longing, the other is home: the Elbe, with its sleepless harbour, is the city's lifeline; the Alster, dammed to form a lake, forms the heart of the metropolis. They are somewhat in competition for the favor of the citizens: "Alster or Elbe?" is a kind of question of faith - and every Hamburger has an answer ready.
Alster or Elbe, a contrast between business location and place of recreation: the rough Elbe shows the industrial and economic side of Hamburg - thanks to the tireless port and the hustle and bustle of the heavy barges, tugs and harbor ferries. The Port of Hamburg is not called the "Gateway to the World" for nothing - gigantic container ships from all over the world or returning cruise ships from Scandinavia regularly pull up to the city. At night, the lights of the port cranes twinkle in the harbor, the dull hum of the cranes providing the soundtrack to the city.
While the Elbe never lets the port come to rest, the Alster in the heart of Hamburg gives the city an idyllic center. Quiet and beautiful, the small Inner Alster, lined with its promenades, opens up a wide view of Hamburg's most magnificent office buildings and star hotels, while the larger Outer Alster, with its adjoining villa districts, promenades and tree-lined parks, invites you to take a stroll or go sailing. As a local recreation area, the Alster is also one of the city's most popular jogging routes.
But as great as the contrast may seem, there are also quieter districts along the Elbe that invite you to take a stroll, such as the Blankenese district, Hamburg's most expensive residential area, with its beautiful staircase district directly on the banks of the Elbe. And the Alster is also anything but quiet in summer, as there are pubs along the banks, such as the popular Alsterperle, where the whole city meets on nice summer days - all walks of life, of all ages - to have a drink, talk and enjoy the view. Apart from that, there is perhaps even a little more traffic on the water here in summer than on the Elbe, with all the sailors, rowers and stand-up paddlers.