Harbor roundtrip and Alster

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Landungsbrücken
In the morning (at 11 am :) ) we started from Niendorf Nord to the harbor. As Thomas had gotten reduced entry tickets for a big harbor cruise we decided to go there first.

Our ship, the Kirchdorf, started from the Landungsbrücke 3 down the Elbe river to Altona, Övelgönne and the beaches down there. We were told that they only sink once a week, which was yesterday, so we didn't have to worry about the life-vests. On our way we saw the most expensive nursing home of Hamburg, which used to be a refrigerated storage house and since the Hamburgers are so smart they discovered that cooling something makes it durable for longer - so they changed it into a nursing home - that's what our guide told us. But seriously, it costs € 12,000 to sign up and then you wait for about 2 years before you can move in.
we were there too :)
We also got to see all the 8000-9000 PS (horsepower) strong Schlepper (towboats) which are responsible to park the large transport ships.

Then we went on the the harbor itself where the ships are being loaded and unloaded. The largest ship in the harbor right now is called Chuanhe from Panama. In older times it was good to fit about 2,000 containers onto one ship but on the Chuanhe they get about 20,000 containers, if I heard correctly.

We then drove, swam or whatever back up the Elbe river to the other side of the harbor, where we saw the large docks of Blom and Voss where they repair the big ships, just like the AIDA and Queen Elizabeth II cruise ships. One of the docks is the second largest in the world (320m long). But we also saw the dry docks, the floating docks and the hot dogs :).


A nice anecdote we heard was about the St. Michaelis church. If you marry in Hamburg, the groom has to carry the future mother-in-law up the 450 steps of the tower. And then he can let the dragon fly :). Well, that's what we heard.

== Außerdem sieht man vom Michel aus die 3 Meere: Bei schönem Wetter sieht man das Häusermeer, bei Nacht das Lichtermeer und bei Nebel sieht man gar nix mehr :) ==

Well, after our one-hour harbor cruise we went to the inner city to the Binnenalster and Außenalster. We ate at the Alsterpavillon Alex and walked up to the Außenalster, where we paused in the shades of the trees and enjoyed the fresh breeze.

On our way back home we stopped again at the Europa Passage, walked to the town hall (Rathaus) and got some groceries at the Rewe store which is open Mo-Sa from 8am to 10pm (!!!!) which is unbelievable for Austrians :)

Our plans contain St. Pauli but we'll see.
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Landungsbrücken
Landungsbrücken
we were there too :)
we were there too :)
Chuanhe from Panama, largest ship …
Chuanhe from Panama, largest ship…
Chuanhe
Chuanhe
Chuanhe
Chuanhe
Hamburg Süd --> Dr.Oetker at his …
Hamburg Süd --> Dr.Oetker at his…
TUG - thats the only spot where t…
TUG - that's the only spot where …
Grande Argentina at a Blohm & Voss…
Grande Argentina at a Blohm & Vos…
fishmarket
fishmarket
beach clubs
beach clubs
towboats
towboats
towboats
towboats
refrigerated nursing home :)
refrigerated nursing home :)
Övelgönne and beach
Övelgönne and beach
2nd largest dock in the world
2nd largest dock in the world
Michel
Michel
Hamburg Cruise Center
Hamburg Cruise Center
Lunch at Alex Alsterpavillon
Lunch at Alex Alsterpavillon
Alsterpavillon
Alsterpavillon
Alsterpavillon from the other side…
Alsterpavillon from the other sid…
boat going from the Außenalster t…
boat going from the Außenalster …
U.S. embassy - so many policemen a…
U.S. embassy - so many policemen …
1, 2, 1, 2, ...
1, 2, 1, 2, ...
town hall again
town hall again
arcades at Jungfernstieg
arcades at Jungfernstieg
Europa Passage, Europes largest i…
Europa Passage, Europe's largest …
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