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Hamburg, the city of bridges

Hamburg, the city of bridges

Despite being located astride the River Elbe, some 100 km from the North Sea, Hamburg is a major port city. It has the country's biggest port—the second-busiest in Europe and only the third largest in the world, after London and New York. Hamburg has to be in your travel bucket list  if you  love water, ships and harbours. Let me tell you that it is also a popular tourist destination because of its scenic beauty and unique blend of historical monuments and modern pubs and nightclubs, including the world-renowned red light district, the Reeperbahn.

Hamburg is practically bordered on all sides by water. The Alster River has been divided into two lakes that lie on either side of the city, the Binnen and Aussenalster (Inner and Outer) and the River Elbe flows right through into the North Sea. All this water means an abundance of canals, streams and bridges. In fact, it's a little-known fact that Hamburg has more bridges inside its city limits than any other city in the world and more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined. Let’s discover some remarkable bridges in Hamburg.


The Kohlbrandbrucke was inaugurated in 1974 and is one of the most prominent landmarks in Hamburg. it was the longest cable-stayed bridge span in the world. Now, it is the second longest bridge in Germany.


The Kattwyk Bridge over the Suderelbe is a 290 m long vertical lift bridge with two 70 m high end portals for the rail and road transport. A special feature of the bridge is that the rails on the bridge are in the middle of the road carriageway. Since the Kattwyk Bridge is shared by both rail and road, vehicular traffic is blocked when a freight train is passing..


The Brooks Bridge leading into the Speicherstadt was inaugurated in 1887. The bridge is adorned by four statues one at each of its corners. The original sculptures were destroyed in the Second World War. The current sculptures were erected in 2001.


Zollenbrucke is the oldest bridge in the city, dating back to 1663. The 25-m-long bridge, with its three differently-sized arches, consists of sandstone blocks. The railings and lanterns are from the 19th century, when the bridge was widened.

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