Dockland Hamburg: Step by Step for a view

An office building that also serves as an observation deck – Dockland in Hamburg is more than that. The shape of the building is interesting…and then there are the 136 steps.

Dockland is a six-story building in the shape of a parallelogram. The top floors are above the river Elbe. The whole building is just 25 meter tall and has 136 stairs on one side leading to the rooftop.

Dockland stairs

Another remarkable feature are the diagonal elevators, but these are not open to the public. There are also no snack shops or restaurants nearby. Drinking and eating is prohibited anyway on the building. 

As an observation deck, Dockland is just ok. There are plenty of places to get a good view of Hamburg harbour. The typical smartphone camera will just see some structures on the other side of the river. The view from Landungsbrücken isn’t that different.

Getting there

Getting to Dockland is quite easy. Ferry line 62, which is part of Hamburg’s public transport, connects Dockland to Landungsbrücken and operates every 15 minutes. The 9 Euro ticket is valid on the line, too. This was my first time taking the ferry. On weekends and with good weather, it can get very crowded at the Landungsbrücken stop.

Crowd in front of ferry line 62
So many people

If you decide to walk from Landungsbrücken to Dockland, there are a few notable points of interest:

  • Alter Elbtunnel (old tunnel below the river Elbe, open for pedestrians and bicycles)
  • Submarine Museum Hamburg (old Russian submarine)
  • Fish market
  • Various stores selling fresh fish

Should this trip be part of every visit to the harbour? I’d say no. The shape of the building is interesting, but the view from the top not spectacular. I regret not combining it with a visit to the fish market, but we arrived too late to see the spectacle that is Hamburg’s fish market.

View from Dockland

Dockland location + more info

How to go there
Take ferry 62 from Landungsbrücken to Dockland.

Harbour panorama
Dockland from the ground floor
Elevators are not open to the public
Ferry arriving at Dockland station
Ferry arriving at Dockland
Ferry on the river Elbe
Ferry en route

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Loves to travel in Japan, but is open to explore the major and lesser known sights of Germany.

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