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More than just a landing bridge for harbour boats
The planks of the Landungsbrücken are always crowded and you will likely find yourself walking on this pier too, along the banks of the Elbe river. It’s a popular spot for a reason: now central transportation hub, it has S-Bahn, U-Bahn and public ferry stations all connecting here. It is also a departure point for the entertaining harbour tour boats (a recommendation!).
If you wish to break away from the crowds and explore for yourself, here are your tips for Landungsbrücken.
Walking along the Elbe, you will inevitably get hungry. Ignore all the sub-par and mediocre restaurants and walk straight to the far eastern part of the Landungsbrücken for best place for Fischbrötchen (fish sandwiches): The Brücke 10 is located on the quiet end of the Landungsbrücken pontoon. They have the best buns and the freshest fish – everybody in Hamburg knows this.
Your Fischbrötchen will be served with a lot of heart and typical northern understatement. As a bonus, you’re seated at the most beautiful spot to watch all the ships roll in. There aren’t too many tourists on this side of the Landungsbrücken, either.
Some say the best part of the Landungsbrücken is watching it from the other side. The old Elbtunnel became an attraction for locals and tourists in the know. Elevators lower pedestrians and cyclists into the depths below, and cars can use the hydraulic lift for a small fee.
If you don’t want to walk to the other side, just enter the emerald-coloured dome of the Landungsbrücken terminal – it is a beauty! The elevator ride is an experience, as you are lowered deep down into what seems like a cave. And there you have it: just a few meters beneath the propellers of huge container vessels sailing overhead lies the old tunnel in all its uniqueness. It looks like a two-way street, entirely tiled. The lamps installed on both sides provide amazing lighting, and, combined with the tiled arches, create a very special atmosphere. This backdrop, and the beautiful reliefs on the walls make for an extremely popular photo-op.
If you make it to the other side, you can indeed see that the Landungsbrücken are magnificent from a distance.
There are plenty of Harbour boat tour options on the Landungsbrücken. Most of them get very crowded, the voice-overs are recordings and you can’t disembark at your chosen destinations. The Maritime Circle Line is located at Brücke (bridge) 10, at the less-crowded end of the Landungsbrücken. They have several ‘hop-on, hop-off’ boats allowing you to visit every point of interest. The 90-minute tour is performed live in (funny) English and is surprisingly quite entertaining.
Specials: You may also charter a boat for yourself if you want the privacy of your own tour. Be sure to check out their unique Harbour-Lights Hamburg trip as well – a cruise on a barge through the illuminated Hamburger Hafen and (depending on the tide) through the Warehouses of the Speicherstadt! Book tickets online in advance.