From the metro station Meßberg I went over a pedestrian bridge to the south in the HafenCity. Strictly speaking, however, the district begins only after Brooktorkai / Ericus. Once I passed the Spiegel-building over the Ericusbrücke, past Lohseplatz, Koreastraße and then Shanghaiallee to the south. East of the road is still heavily built, several commercial and residential buildings are still under construction and not every street is walkable.
I walked through the Lohsepark, where there are numerous equipment such as trampolines, seating and play opportunities for children. At the metro station HafenCity University I followed the road to the end. The Versmannstraße is not yet built, getting ahead is impossible. Directly at Baakenhafen arise from 2015/2016 new apartments.
In the metro station HafenCity University I watched the lights and music show, which is played once an hour (always on the hour) between 10 and 18 o’clock. While the light installations on the platform usually change color slowly, a true color blast is fired during the multi-minute classic music show.
Via a bridge I reached the southern part of the Baakenhafen and followed the Baakenalle until it suddenly ended in nothingness. Then I turned around and passed Zieselpark. Here you can drive (as long as the apartments are not yet available) on cross-segways or tracked vehicles on an obstacle course through the mud.
I followed the bypass Versmannstraße to the Elbbrücken and then turned around. Also there will be built, the Quatier Elbbrücken will fill the whole Fleetinsel once. In the park Baakenhöft there is a viewing platform, from which one can observe the construction in the Baakenhafen.
Past the university along the water and along the Elbakaden, then through Hongkongstraße and past the International Maritime Museum Hamburg. Here was a huge party sponsored by a beer producer and countless people used the good weather in the many beer tents.
I continued on the Osakaallee, followed by Grasbrookpark, a play paradise for children, the road Großer Grassbrook to Strandkai. Again, it was packed. At Chicagokai the cruise ship MS Amadea (193 meters) was anchored and at the beach harbor, right next to the Unilever building, the Extreme Sailing Series took place. A good dozen catamarans with teams from all over the world were racing here. The races were moderated in English, accompanied by a DJ, filmed by cameras and the racing squads and coaches sat in glass buildings behind the wharf. After a few races I went further north, over the Marco Polo Terraces.
Again, it was incredibly crowded, the lines in front of the restaurants and ice cream shops were very long. I walked along the Dalmannkai and made a few more photos and videos of a catamaran race from the feeder Elbphilharmonie and then walked past the Elbphilharmonie and on Am Kaiserkai. There are many interesting shops, restaurants and offices along the street and in the squares between the buildings. There is also a senior retirement home called Elbelysium. However, I doubt that a place there leads to immortality …
At the Magellan Terraces I turned around and walked right along the Kaiserkai. Some of the old cranes were left there. At the Elbphilharmonie I went north across a bridge to the street Am Sandtorkai and followed it for a while. I made a detour over the floating pontoon in the harbor basin, where numerous historic ships form the Traditionsschiffhafen opened in 2008.
I walked along the Sandtorpark and across the Coffee Plaza, where a huge coffee bean is a work of art. Then along the Tokiostraße and over the Überseeboulevard. From Dar-es-Salaam-Platz, I was once again able to take a look at the International Maritime Museum Hamburg and the huge beer festival.
At the end I went along the street Brooktorkai for a while and then walked over the Dienerreihe and the Holländisch-Brookfleet-Brücke, where the HafenCity ends. On Fleetinsel stands the Wasserschloss, a restaurant overlooking two Fleets. On the way back to the subway Meßberg I passed by the Dialog im Dunkeln, where blind people guide you through an exhibition in completely darkened rooms, and get an insight into a life without sight. There is also Dialog im Stillen, an exhibition about Deafness.