The Cruise Center HafenCity

Cruise ships dock almost daily at the HafenCity Cruise Center and have become a tourist attraction in themselves. From here thousands of visitors stream through Überseequartier in HafenCity into Hamburg’s inner city. Terminal 1 can be hired for very special events and celebrations when cruise ships are not in port

The photo shows the Cruise Center HafenCity

The Cruise Center HafenCity – the gateway to Hamburg city center for passengers from all over the world (© Gebler)

A temporary structure housing the HafenCity Cruise Center was erected in 2004 to welcome the first cruise guests into an inner city reception terminal.  The cruise center’s primary function of course is to handle visiting cruise ships, but when no cruise ships are in port, Terminal 1 of the Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity provides an out-of-the-ordinary platform for special functions and festivities for up to 800 attendees, such as corporate gatherings, galas, conferences, trade fairs and cultural events.

The simple, yet original architecture of the 1,200 sqm Terminal 1 is eye-catching. It takes its theme from two easily recognizable maritime elements: the cargo container and the white sail. The walls of the hall are formed by stacked containers and the dynamically shaped roof floats like a sail above them. The strong colors of the containers as a design motif also project two ideas: the temporary nature of the building and – since the boxes have traveled the world – a touch of nostalgia for far-off places and the great wide world. The HafenCity Cruise Center building interior is light and spacious. A huge area of window opens towards the city, drawing the gaze of incoming visitors towards the impressive city skyline and Hamburg’s most famous landmark, the “Michel” church. The maritime atmosphere and close-up impressions of the growing HafenCity, the Elbe River and Port of Hamburg give the HafenCity Cruise Center a special charm typical of Hamburg.

The design of Terminal 1 was commissioned by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH from the Hamburg office of Renner Hainke Wirth architects. Their reception building for Lufthansatechnik 2000 was “Building of the Year” and was awarded the German association of architects’ (BDA) prize. The roof was constructed by the renowned structural engineer, Werner Sobek, who also carried out the structural engineering planning for Berlin’s Sony Center, for example.

Information / Reservation for events

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
Contact: Jens Hartwig
Tel: +49 40 374726-70