A magnet for landlubbers
HARBOR & LANDUNGSBRÜCKEN
700 meters of the big wide world: that’s the length of the Landungsbrücken and there is hardly any other place for newcomers in Hamburg, where you can experience the maritime charm of the city as compactly as you can here. In front of you lies blue water with cruise liners, ships and sailing boats, behind you the colorful souvenir shops, traditional fish stands and above it all the sun is smiling. Life is good in Hamburg!
What you often forget while strolling along the Landungsbrücken is the fact that you aren’t walking on solid ground but on a pontoon. These floating landing stages have a long tradition in this Hanseatic city. The very first were built as early as 1839. Not only because the steamboats could more easily dock here, but also because coal for the engines could be stored here. The pontoons here at the Landungsbrücken today were built in 1955.
And what’s more: the Landungsbrücken are not only are a real magnet for landlubbers from around the world, but have also served as a movie set. Among others scenes from “Confessions of Felix Krull” and the road movie “Magical Mystery” were partly shot here. In “Target” Hollywood stars like Gene Hackman und Matt Dillon even filmed wild chasing scenes on the bridges.
Facts and figures:
- The first jetty at the Landungsbrücken was opened in 1839.
- The Landungsbrücken have a length of 700m.
- The Hamburg Harbor is 7.200 hectare huge.
- Biggest harbor and place of transshipment in Germany
Twice a year the Landungsbrücken are truly ready for Hollywood: at the Harbor Anniversary Celebrations and especially at New Year’s - and that without a script. It’s when bright fireworks turn the whole harbor into a magical wonderland of colors and at the stroke of midnight all the ships welcome in the New Year by blowing their horns.
According to our general manager, you get the best fish sandwiches at Brücke 10, Landungsbrücken, St. Pauli.
The Hamburg fish market is one of the most famous weekly markets worldwide. Here you can get everything!
OLD ELBE TUNNEL
Walk through the Old Elbe Tunnel to get to the southern bank of the river. From here you can take in the amazing cityscape.