If you’re curious about the inner workings of Hamburg’s port, Discovery Dock is the exhibit for you. Featuring interactive stations on various aspects of the harbour — from customs to cruise ships to logistics — visitors can experience a day in the life at one of Europe’s largest ports, known locally as the ‘Gateway to the World’.
The experience is centred around an impressive 3D port model, which uses projections to represent 24 hours of water traffic over the course of the tour. From there, move about the exhibit and peek at the myriad of goods shipped in and out of the harbour, search for smuggled contraband, or don VR headsets to load shipping containers and get up close with a ship in the dry dock. And that’s just some of what’s on offer! All in all, each station in the exhibit offers elements of interactivity along with video interviews with experts in the field.
Use your time at Discovery Dock wisely. You have 50 minutes in the exhibit, and there’s enough to do and learn that fitting everything in can be a challenge.
Discovery Dock runs eight tours a day between 10 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. All aspects of each tour can be experienced in either English or German.
Address: Am Kaiserkai 60
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 9:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Discovery Dock is closed on 24 December.
Admission: EUR 19.50 for adults and EUR 16.50 for children up to age 14. Residents with a Schwerbehindertenausweis B (a ‘disability identification card B’) can visit the exhibit for EUR 10.
Getting there: U3 to station 'Baumwall' or Bus 111 to station 'Elbphilharmonie'
For more information and ticket reservations, visit Discovery Dock online.