Hamburg Harbor and the Fischmarkt
Although Hamburg lies more than 60 miles inland, it is one of the world’s major seaports and the largest in Germany. Visit the passenger pier in the St. Pauli district (Landungsbrücken) to experience harbor life. A scenic way to get there is the elevated train to Landungsbrücken station. Below the station is a collection of historical ships, including the Rickmer-Rickmers. From there you can see the ambitious new concert hall (Elbphilharmonie) that is the centerpiece of a makeover of the former warehouse district, the Speicherstadt. Passenger liners still dock at Landungsbrücken. The Queen Mary 2 is a regular visitor. To the west along the Hafenstrasse stands the fish market. The Fischmarkt opens to the public early on Sunday to greet thousands of late-night revelers looking to cap a long night out by dancing to live music. Thousands more come to browse, and maybe buy some fish or flowers. If the sun is up and it’s not Sunday, harbor-tour boats leave at regular intervals from Landungsbrücken. The tours usually last one or two hours and include a look at the modern harbor and historical asides such as the drydock where the battleship Bismarck was built.