Elbe River Ships – Willkomm Höft (Germany) – In Another Minute (277)

Willkomm Höft on the Elbe River in Wedel, Germany, is where the big ships are greeted and bid farewell as they enter or exit the Hamburg Harbor. For large ships, the restaurant Schulauer Fährhaus plays the ship’s national anthem over loudspeakers in addition to a spoken greeting.

During week 275, when Scott and I visited my parents, we spent a lovely evening watching the small and large vessels going up and down the Elbe river and enjoyed dinner outdoors at the Elbe 1 restaurant, where the outstanding service was only surpassed by the river view.

To not disturb this special evening too much, I just let the camera roll a few times to catch bigger ships and the ferry with the intention to share a simple time-lapse video with you later.

Now, I’m inspired to shoot a time-lapse video of the actual Hamburg Harbor on my next visit, hopefully later this year. After all, the Hamburger Hafen is one of my favorite places on the planet.

On a random childhood memory side-note: When I was a little kid, I believed that the strip of land across the river was America. And I always wanted to get there one day…

The song in the video is called “Running Waters” by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many other lovely tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you so much, Jason!

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