The harbor is the heart of the City of Hamburg which retains its mercantile and maritime character despite the devastating damage of World War II. The Port of Hamburg is an open but traditional city, with residents that at first appear very reserved but are warm and friendly when you meet them. Hamburg is an international city and a proud city-state with a special place in the hearts of its citizens. There are far too many attractions and events to describe here, so please visit the Port of Hamburg's tourism website for more information on things to see and do.
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The Port of Hamburg is a relatively wet and windy city due to its proximity to the North Seal. Summers are warm and rainy with occasional sunny periods. Winters are cold enough some years for ice-skating on the lakes in the city center or on the Elbe, and icy sleet is more common than snowfall. Spring is the best time to visit the Port of Hamburg when the city's thousands of trees begin to bloom. Temperatures range from an average high of 21 °C (70 °F) in July and August to an average low of -2 °C (28 °F) in January and February.
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The Port of Hamburg's Altstadt (Old City) is Hamburg's oldest quarter and its most popular tourist attraction. Visitors can find stores and homes that were built with loading canals as well as a street so that goods could be easily moved between land and water. The unique Chilehuas (German), a 1920s building shaped like a ship's prow and sharp-angles, is a popular sight. The Kontorhauser office district is one of Germany's most impressive 1920s settings and the oldest office district in Europe. Deichstrasse (Dyke Street) is an historic traders' street with stores and homes from the 17th to 19th Centuries. Visitors will also find many wonderful restaurants and pubs in the Altstadt.
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When it opened in 1911, the Port of Hamburg's Elbtunnel (German) was a technological marvel. The square domed building at the St. Pauli piers houses machinery that operated four big lift cages. The cages carry people and vehicles some 24 meters below the surface to move some 426 meters through two 6-meter diameter tunnel sections across the River Elbe to Steinwerder. The tunnel walls boast glazed terra cotta ornaments depicting river-related items like fish and crabs. Pedestrians and bicyclists can traverse the tunnel free 24 hours a day, while cars are limited to daytime hours.
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In the Port of Hamburg's Free Port, visitors flock to Speicherstadt (Storehouse City), the world's biggest connected storehouse complex. At 100 years old, the buildings are wonderful examples of Wilhelminian brick Gothic architecture, complete with pointed arches, little towers, and strange gables. Just as a century ago, the buildings' thick walls protect all kinds of merchandise from oriental carpets to coffee, spices, tea, cocoa, and tobacco. The complex contains several museums that use cutting-edge interactive exhibits to tell the story of workers in the warehouse district.
The Miniatur Wunderland is a wonderful adventure and the world's biggest model railway layout. The trains move through models of Hamburg, the American West, the Alps, and a Scandinavian display that includes ships on water. Located in the Port of Hamburg's Speicherstadt, the facility has been growing since 2001. Visitors can watch the modelers and technicians creating the wonderful landscapes. Thus far, workers have invested some 500 thousand hours and 8.7 million Euros in the intricate and delightful Miniatur Wunderland.
The Russian submarine U-434 (Russian name: B-515) is a museum ship, "U-Boat Museum, Hamburg." It is in Baakenhafen in Hamburg.
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Travelers who want to visit the Port of Hamburg by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.