It’s best to begin a new year with a new set of exciting outlooks. That’s why today we – Karin, Florian, and Saskia – are inviting you on a tour of the high-contrast port of Hamburg with a heartfelt “Ahoy 2020!”
Come with us to the tradition-rich setting to which the Hanseatic city owes its epithet “Gate to the World.” Anyone who accompanied us on our excursion to the Elbe suburbs last summer will be amazed: opposite elegant parks and manor houses, Hamburg can be discovered quite anew from the other bank of the Elbe. Experience a high-contrast mix of seafaring history, industry culture and maritime flair! We’ll show you extraordinary locations for unforgettable events. Onward to the Hamburg port cosmos!
The Elbphilharmonie and the St. Michaelis church side by side with enormous freight container ships – you’ll only find this here! Surrounded by waves and blown about by fresh harbour air, we’re still in the middle of the city. The panoramic position of the international port of Hamburg is one of a kind, its austere charm irresistible. Now we’re excited to see what inside views it can offer us.
Our first stop is a one-storey brick building bearing the number 52A. It stands among cranes and ships – all of them protected historical sites, just like the building itself. For this dockside shed from the imperial era is one of the few remaining halls in which commercial goods were once stored for further transport. It was used to store spices. The premium caterer Gerresheim Serviert has transformed it into one of the largest event locations in Hamburg.
“The location does have a lot of fans. What particularly convinces our regular guests is our high-quality catering menu and a selection of furniture that leaves no design wishes unrealisable.”
Marco Dilger, Managing Director
Ambitious product presentations, exhibitions, shows or concerts go off just as brilliantly as conferences, congresses, large parties or exclusive gala dinners. And there are also many possibilities for striking storytelling for film and photo productions. For smaller events of up to 200 guests, Gerresheim Serviert has another special location on the southern bank of the Elbe in the programme – the Jachthafen marina. In the near future, by the way, the imaginative caterer will enrich the Hamburg event scene with one more location, taking over the event areas in the Zoo Hagenbeck.
“The maritime soul of the “BLEICHEN” speaks from her raw beauty. That’s what makes every trip with her an authentic experience.”
Gerdjan de Leeuw, Director of the event agency Nordpuls
Groups of up to 20 guests can celebrate and congress in style in the salon on the bridge deck. The fine furnishings of this room preserved almost exactly according to its former construction reminds us that, here, the captain was once the host.
The outdoor area of the “BLEICHEN” can largely be used in any weather conditions. To ensure this, robust tent systems are available. We imagine to ourselves what highlights await the passengers that spend their trip on deck – from the historic Hamburg port landscape all the way to the silhouettes of state-of-the-art cruise and container ships.
As she shows us the feel-good atmosphere her team created in a nautical theme in the belly of the “BLEICHEN”, we can imagine what unforgettable experiences events here become.
But it wasn’t only such exciting encounters that piqued our curiosity. The Hafenmuseum Hamburg also has much more to offer: It is a versatile event location for up to 400 guests.
“Groups that would like to celebrate cosily in the spirit of a beer tent feel at home here just as much as do gala guests at a sit-down dinner with fine wine, or small congress groups that desire an inspiring professional setting.”
We throw a last longing glance on the old and new treasures of the harbour before we direct our navigation toward the city once more. Luckily, the Hamburg port is easy to reach from anywhere in the city. And when the mood strikes us for a programme of contrasts, we will simply come by again.