Sunday, May 25, 2014
Today we took a train to Hamburg Germany. We started off our day in Hamburg by walking to the Ratthaus, also known as city hall. From there we hopped on a double decker bus that toured the city. We learned that the Port of Hamburg and some of the town was destroyed during World War Two. This required Hamburg to rebuild the entire port after the war. We were able to take an hour boat tour of the port. The Port of Hamburg is the largest port in Germany and home for many container ships. We were able to see many of the container ships being loaded and unloaded. Our guide only spoke German but by the looks of it, millions of dollars of goods are loaded and unloaded here.
Combining what we saw and what I’ve learned in my classes; one container ship takes a tremendous amount of work and coordination to load/unload. We saw at least eight container ships in the port and there were still many docks empty. Not only did the port house container ships but it also housed cruise ships and had dry docks for boat repairs. This brings a large amount of jobs and money into the city.
The city also has one of the large train stations in Germany. It appeared that many people traveled to the city for the weekend. It is the biggest we saw in Germany and seemed to have the most diverse culture. In the train station and throughout the city we saw many American-based company’s such as: McDonalds, Claire’s, Apple, Pizza Hut, Subway, Delmonte, Dole, Starbucks, H&M, Adidas, Nike, and Exon Mobil. On the boat tour we saw million dollar houses along the lake as well as many homeless people. The city has at least seven old churches and cathedrals in the inner city (with spires visible from just about anywhere in the city) and very modern architecture by the water. Our bus tour guide mentioned how many visitors to the city spent less than 24 hours there and on average spend 100€ a person. The city appears to benefit very much from tourism. For many of the students, this was the first port we’ve ever seen. It has helped us see how much work goes into importing and transporting goods. I would image that only a small amount of the goods that come into the port stay in Hamburg, many get transported to other cities in Germany and around the world.
Overall it was a very educational trip. We also were able to enjoy the beautiful weather and sights of the city.