HAMBURG MARITIME

FISH MARKET
The best time to enjoy the riverside Fish Market is in the early hours on Sunday morning. Erika and I ordered a taxi for 07:00 and were there before 07:30 but not at 05:00 when it opens for the early birds and night owls. The quick-witted vendors present their wares to the shoppers (and tourists) in a very entertaining way. This in German of course, so there are many times when I wouldn’t have any idea what was being said without Erika’s translation.
The Market extends over a long area at the waterfront and a whole variety of goods are sold – the fish couldn’t be fresher and the fruit sold in baskets looked to be of beautiful quality.

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FISH AUCTION HALL
It was built in 1894 and is the traditional and impressive centre of the Fish Market. It is frequently used today as a venue for special events such as enjoying the music and the well-deserved drink after making the rounds of the Fish Market. The Auction Hall, with its intricate iron lattice- work design was declared a historic monument in 1989.

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CRUISE ON THE ELBE
An hour’s cruise on a small Ferry helped us to discover the highlights of this cosmopolitan city on the water. From historic vessels to giant container ships, old bridges, an historic warehouse complex(now a national monument) and touring through the Elbe Canals is a must when visiting Hamburg. As the commentary was in German, Erika once again filled in much if the information for me once we were back on dry(often not) land.

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ST PAULI ELBE TUNNEL
The old St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel, a masterpiece of engineering built almost one hundred years ago, consists of two 400 metre long tunnels open to pedestrians. This tunnel takes pedestrians to a spectacular lookout area on the other side of the Elbe with a view of the city and the Michel.
That was just a part of our very interesting day. We enjoyed a tasty fish lunch and, of course, had a couple of coffee/rest breaks.

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