Being that it's a city right on the sea, it is easy to imagine that Hamburg once had a port. The reality is that it's one of the largest ports in the world and it really is. We scheduled or visit to coincide with the port's birthday. It was 823 years old that day! The atmosphere was festive. There was plenty of food and drink stalls (not just sausages and beer as it seems), live music, and a lot of boats from around the world, many of which can be visited. Especially interesting are the number of small sailboats.
The Port of Kiel is located in the Kiel Fjord and is one of the most important ports in Germany. Cruises depart daily to the cities of Gothenburg and Oslo. They even have regular services to Lithuania and St. Petersburg. I ended up staying here because in the summer time it was the starting point for my MSC cruise of the Baltic Sea.
We did not know where to eat in Wismar, and the truth is that there isn't much information in Spanish so we just decided to walk to the port. The Water Gate, is one of the leftovers from a set of walls and gates surrounding the city for its defense and control and it leads directly to the sea. The port is not too big, but it is exciting to imagine it as it once was with ships bringing new wealth and exotic things to the city. The city, as part of the Hanseatic coalition was an indispensable piece to make it work the economic machinery of the corporation, and its port was essential for the receipt and shipment of goods. Today it is quiet and beautiful, full of fish restaurants selling sandwiches of smoked fish, such as herring, tuna, salmon .. seasoned with onion and lettuce and a wonderful German bread. We sat right there, overlooking the harbor and savoring everything that was featured in this fantastic place. At the end we headed back to the center, past the oldest brewery in the city and past other very beautiful buildings.
The Weserpromenade runs all the way along the river. You can explore the little port, and see the vessels, the restaurants, and the hotels. The path is dotted with benches and cafes. It can be very romantic, although I have to admit that my photos are not the most convincing ... not a place to visit in winter, but during summer it is lovely!
This is a beautiful corner of the Baltic Sea, with numerous food stalls and restaurants serving wonderful fresh fish and offering colorful and scenic Mediterranean views. Friendly and hospitable people. A wonderful place.