G20 Summit 2017 Hamburg Harbour and other Sights
The history of Hamburg's port goes back more than 800 years. The city's advantageous location in between the Elbe and Alster rivers guaranteed its rise to the international stage as a member of the historic Hanseatic League — resulting in flourishing trade and economic prosperity. Today, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg boasts the third-largest port in Europe.
From the Landungsbrücken piers, watching large container ships and cruise liners from all over the world make their way into the Hamburg harbour is a popular local pastime. But the absolute eyecatcher of the harbour area is the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: this spectacular building, with its wave-like roof and gleaming glass panels, proudly rises up from the Elbe river banks. Three concert halls with state-of-the-art acoustics and a 37-metre high plaza welcomes visitors from the 4th of November 2016 onwards.
More architectural highlights can be found at HafenCity Hamburg — Europe's most ambitious inner-city development project. By 2025, Hamburg’s city centre will have been extended by 40%, its youngest district featuring 6,000 new apartments alongside the Elbe river. In pittoresque contrast stands the neighbouring warehouse district of Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built upon thousands of oak poles, this former duty-free zone features hundreds of historic, red brickstone warehouses — best admired on a boat ride through the canals.