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Hamburg

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 fotowide.wordpress.com, and is a contribution to Travel Photo Thursday.

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Number 40: Sunset silhouettes at Hamburg’s Sandtorhafen

sunset, silhouette, Sandtorhafen, Hamburg, Germany

The width of the Elbe expands as the river approaches its mouth at the North Sea. In Hamburg, the Elbe is sufficiently wide and deep that a port has had a presence here for centuries. At Sandtorhafen, the last rays of sunlight provided a great background upon which the port’s cranes, the bridge, and people crossing the bridge made great silhouettes.

I made the photo on 2 October 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins WIDE at fotowide.wordpress.com.