Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is always worth a trip, but if you can spend the night in a former harbor crane on the Elbe, and see the first morning the Elbphilharmonie, then it is worth twice!

The historic harbor crane is part of the port, barges pass by, as well as large container and cruise ships that pass through the harbor entrance. You can splash the waves and hear the seagulls screeching. The atmosphere in the middle of the harbor feels breathtaking - during the day and at night.

The vision was to bring the unusual, historic vehicle to life and allow guests to spend nights in the port, which is usually prohibited or only possible on cruise ships in a less sustainable way. The harbor crane has been providing space for two guests since 2018, who can sleep in the upper part of the crane in a glazed bedroom. Also there is a lounge, with a great view of the harbor and the Elbphilharmonie. In the lower area there is a bar, the breakfast bar, a sofa and the Magic Shower with a fireplace. The harbor crane is stylishly furnished, with many maritime elements.

The port crane GREIF was built in 1947 on the Vlotho shipyard, today's crane construction was added to Kampnagel in 1958. The conversion took place in 2017 and 2018 at the Behrenswerft in Finkenwerder. The Grif belongs to the Floatel GmbH, whose founder Tim Wittenbecher and Marc Nagel have bought him a "dragon boat friend". This friend has established in the belly of the harbor crane "Harry's Hamburg Harbor Bazaar" and shows there a collection of sailor's yarns from all over the world. Of course, guests can also view the collection.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom390 €


ArchitectureThe architecture shows the structures and materials of the original work equipment, and combines them with modern furniture and design forms. The fact that a living space could even be created in the former engine room of the harbor crane is an architectural feature. During the refurbishment, many historical materials and details have been refurbished and reused, which was implemented by the traditional shipyard Behrenswerft from Finkenwerder, which specializes in the restoration of historic service vessels. Even in the outdoor area was trying not to change too much. There was a terrace, which is located in front of the engine room and from which one has an excellent view of the Elbe. Another change was made in the bow: There was a bar made of 100-year-old ship shelters, at which an Astra can be drunk during events or the harbor birthday.

FoodThe harbor crane serves a generous breakfast prepared by a housekeeper and delivered in a basket. All products come from a health food store in HafenCity and are delivered in mason jars to avoid unnecessary waste. Breakfast adapts to the season: Matjes has fresh matjes, seasonal fruits and juices in summer, and smoked fish in winter. The breakfast basket can also be ordered as a vegetarian or vegan option. As a welcome, the guests can also expect a HafenCity Gin, which was distilled with the spices of the Speicherstadt. Anyone who enjoys this on the terrace of the harbor crane, relaxes and dreams a little, may be able to experience the smells and sounds of spice deliveries to the Speicherstadt.

The housekeeper and the boatswain work at the most beautiful workplace in the world and they look after guests who are looking forward to their stay and therefore almost always in the best of moods, refer to the crane. The port crane sells books by his friend Freddy Fischer, whose children's foundation finances wonderful projects from the proceeds. Almost every guest takes such a book for a donation.

EnvironmentThe intention of the harbor crane was to create something in which people can feel good and leave their everyday life behind, in an individual and extraordinary way. Above all, the old harbor crane should not simply be scrapped, so that more waste is created - through the restoration could be prevented and something unique has emerged. The port crane is powered by green electricity, during the conversion it was connected with elaborate connecting constructions to the media running in the pontoon. In addition, the garbage is separated, the espresso machine runs with beans instead of aluminum capsules, shower gel and soap come from the dispenser and not from individual packaging.

Well-BeingThe shower area, also known as the Magic Shower, is something very special: a double rain shower patters into the surprisingly large shower area, which also contains a fireplace. The Magic Shower also contains a meteor stone that you can sit on while the water gurgles you down and enjoys the view of the Elbphilharmonie.


  • Restored former harbor crane directly on the Elbe
  • Maritime hideaway in the heart of HafenCity with an unobstructed view of the Elbphilharmonie
  • Space for two guests in the former engine room and the crane cab
  • Breakfast is delivered in the basket
  • Best location: HafenCity and Speicherstadt are on the doorstep, within walking distance of the main train station and Mönckebergstraße
  • From the Matjesbrötchen stand to the star restaurant, everything is within walking distance
  • Harry's Hamburger Hafenbasar (probably the city's weirdest museum) is located down in the crane
  • Funded project of the Hamburg Guarantee Community

Hotel room in the port crane1 bedroomBreakfast basketno childrenWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • 19 sqm + 12 sqm living space on two levels plus terrace
  • Breakfast basket from the neighboring health food store (also vegetarian or vegan possible) included
  • Espresso machine and kettle (+ beans and a selection of teas)
  • Bathroom with fireplace, emotional shower and view of the Elbphilharmonie
  • Bedding made of shuj silk
  • HiFi, DVD with cult movie selection
  • Towels, bathrobes
  • Mini bar, wine selection
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom390 €

Location + Directions

With public transport

From the central station you walk about 15 minutes to the Sandtorkai. The nearest underground station is at the Baumwall (Elbphilharmonie), the nearest S-Bahn station at the Stadthausbrücke. The exact address and directions can be found on the website of the port crane.