Harbor roundtrip and Alster
Hamburg Travel Blog› entry 6 of 15 › view all entries
July 14th, 2007 – by: mitchellgirl
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.
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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