Hapag Halle Cuxhaven
More Hapag Halle/Steubenhöft Photos
The Historic Hapag Terminal, also known as "Steubenhöft," was built at the turn of the 20th Century to handle guests of the Hamburg-America Line (HAPAG) after the company moved its passenger operations from Hamburg to Cuxhaven. The building above is the original Kuppelsaal or "domed hall" at the historic terminal's entrance.
In the terminal's heyday, boat trains brought passengers directly to the "Amerikabahnhof" from Hamburg and Berlin.
This vintage billboard in the terminal shows the Hamburg-America Line's main routes--Berlin to London via Cuxhaven and Dover, and Berlin to New York via Cuxhaven. Customers could book passage from city to city, with HAPAG providing connecting trains where needed.
A black-and-white illustration of HAPAG's Deutschland is accompanied by representations of the coal and provisions that were required for a transatlantic voyage. (Click here for a larger 140Kb image with legible captions.)
In 1900, when the Deutschland entered service between Cuxhaven and New York, it was the largest and fastest ship in the world.
HAPAG's transatlantic service between New York and Cuxhaven ended in the late 1960s, but DFDS Seaways operated overnight car-passenger ferries between Harwich, England and Cuxhaven from March, 2002 to November, 2003.
Today, the Steubenhöft pier is still used by visiting cruise ships. Cuxhaven is also a port for passenger ferries to the islands of Heligoland and Neuwerk, and for high-speed catamaran ferries to Stade, Hamburg, and Heligoland.
This photo shows the land side of the modern Empfangsgebäude (reception building) where ships discharge and load passengers. The new building dates to the 1950s.
You can see a portion of the historic terminal complex in the foreground.
The Zollhalle, or Customs Hall, is connected to the wharf by the Gedeckter Gang (covered passageway) that was built in 1913.
The reception building houses a free museum exhibit and an outstanding restaurant, the Seestern Steubenhöft, which specializes in delectable fried fish served in a high-ceilinged room with a spectaculr view of the sea.
Enclosed beach chairs--which provide shelter from sun, rain, and wind--are a symbol of Cuxhaven and other Northern German seaside resorts.
Don't miss the local herring. (This tin bears the city's official logo and a tourist scene.)
If you're lucky, you may see a large cruise ship or the only remaining transatlantic liner, Cunard's Queen Mary 2, during your visit to Cuxhaven.
Queen Mary 2 photo copyright © Christian Becker.
Copyright © 1996-2013 Durant Imboden and Cheryl Imboden. All rights reserved.