Hamburg: Dockland

Hamburg is dominated by water. This is also reflected in the architecture of the city. The latest example: Dockland, the ferry landing of the same name.

The house was built in 2005 and is reminiscent of a ship. The facade is made of steel and glass. On the house itself, a public staircase emerges, creating a wonderful vantage point.

What is more interesting, however, is the space directly behind Dockland. At the end of the building is a parking garage where three staircases lead directly into the Elbe. The left and right stairs are regularly flooded at high tide. The central staircase leads to the Leitdamm (water channeling dams), which one can also go along. (At low tide anyway, you have to look at the flood level, as to how far you can get. The stone slabs are in fact quite slippery. With a camera in hand, it can be a little shaky undertaking.)

When it is warm, this is a pretty good place to cool your feat. It is also pleasant here in that you don’t run into all that many tourists. And even in fine weather in Hamburg, there are not many (at least not on the Elbe).

Directions: You simply take Ferry 62 at the ferry landings and it runs directly to Dockland/fishing port. The house is directly off of the pier.

written by graefin on 2011-06-09 in #world #locations

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