Waterways # 7: Port of Hamburg, Germany


HHM / Michael Lindner

Back to the 9th century, when Hamburg had only 200 habitants, the city used to handle long-distance trade. But the official date of birthday of the Port of Hamburg is May 7th, 1189.

The discovery of America at the end of 15th century gave a further boost to Hamburg’s foreign trade and hence to the Port of Hamburg.

Nowadays, the Universal Port of Hamburg is definitely known as a gateway to the world. It’s geographical location and exceptional performance makes it Germany’s leading foreigner trade hub.


HHM / Michael Lindner
With facilities that handle almost all types of vessels and goods of almost all categories, it generates around 20 billion euros and more than 260,000 jobs in Germany are related to the Port of Hamburg.



HHM / Michael Lindner

The Port of Hamburg has one of the most tightly woven service networks in Europe: around 120 liner services connect the Hanseatic city with many of the world’s 1,000 seaports.

Hamburg is a major cruise destination and one of Europe’s largest ports of call for cruise passengers traveling the Atlantic, or the Norwegian and Baltic Seas.

The port is also a major location for shipbuilder and shipyards, designing, building and reconditioning yachts and cruise liners.

Hamburg has two passenger terminals for cruise ships: Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity and Hamburg Cruise Center Altona, both capable of processing the world’s largest cruise ships.

Source | Port of Hamburg and Wikipedia


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