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port of Hamburg

The port in Hamburg played a key role in the development of the city many years ago and is of great importance to it today. In addition, the port is one of the most popular attractions in Hamburg. You can see here: the largest warehouse for carpets, offices of major publishing houses, newspapers and magazines and advertising agencies, exhibitions and museums, museum ships, Marco Polo terraces, Vasco da Gama Square.

Germany’s gateway to the world

It is called “Germany’s gateway to the world” because it is the largest port in the country. It is also the third largest port in all of Europe. In the 9th century, Adaldag, the archbishop of Hamburg, allowed the local residents to trade – this is how the history of the port began. And indeed, this was the reason for Hamburg’s development. May 7, 1189 is the official birthday of the port. On this day, the German King Frederick Barbarossa signed a decree allowing merchants from Hamburg to sail duty-free along the Lower Elbe to the North Sea.

The port is located at the mouth of the Elbe and 100 km from the sea. However, it is built in such a way that Hamburg can accommodate even the largest ocean-going vessels. Every year 7,000 ships sail from Hamburg to all places in the world.

Cultural and business centre

The Port of Hamburg unloads a wide variety of commercial vessels carrying everything from industrial equipment to automobiles and scrap metal to cardboard, tea, and cocoa. Interestingly, the largest warehouse for carpets is located here.
The port can certainly be called a cultural and business center – there are offices of major publishing houses, newspapers and magazines, and advertising agencies. In addition, the port attracts tourists with exhibitions and museums.

The area is divided into several quarters. For visitors to the city, the port of Zandthorhafen, where museum ships are located, is particularly interesting.
You can continue to Marco Polo Terraces, relax on the benches and then take a walk to Vasco da Gama Square. In the office district on Daih Street, there are offices and warehouses of commercial companies. This district is interesting because the buildings here were built back in the 1900s due to the growing trade. Nearby is a whole warehouse city – Speicherstadt. In fact, this is just a large warehouse that was built in 1883. The quarter is even protected as a monument.