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Number 45: On board Hamburg’s 62 Elbe river ferry

Port of Hamburg, Elbe river, HVV 62 ferry, Germany

Public transport in Hamburg includes ferries across the Elbe river, providing convenient service to residents and visitors on both sides of the river. On board (HVV) ferry 62 from Landungsbrücken south to Finkenwerder, passengers not only get to see some of the leafy well-to-do western suburbs, but also activity at the Port of Hamburg, Europe’s second largest port (by number of container units moved through the facility).

2014 marks the 825th anniversary for the Port of Hamburg, commemorating the charter approved by Emperor Frederick (the First) Barbarossa in May 1189, abolishing customs duties for all ships on the Elbe river from Hamburg to the North Sea, and paving the way for the birth and early development of the city’s port.

This post appears on Fotoeins WIDE at, and is a contribution to Travel Photo Thursday.


4 responses

  1. jan

    I love using ferries – it was one of our favourite things to do in Istanbul. I have never thought of visiting Hamburg!

    9 May 2014 at 0514 UTC

    • Hi, Jan! I’ve heard so many good things about Istanbul. Hamburg is a great port city with lots of things going on, and I hope you visit the city soon. Thanks for reading and for your comment!

      10 May 2014 at 1930 UTC

  2. That is a long history! If only the port could talk…

    10 May 2014 at 1506 UTC

    • Hi, Marcia. It’s easy to forget sometimes that many places have been around for a long time. For me, it begs the question about the initial history and subsequent development. Eight centuries *is* a long time, and I agree with you: what stories that port must have over the years! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

      10 May 2014 at 1932 UTC

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