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Hafenkran Hamburg

A maritime Hafenkran hideaway in the heart of Hamburg.

Excellent! 5/5 (2 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Renovated harbor crane
  2. In the heart of Hafencity Hamburg
  3. Harry's Hamburg Harbor Bazaar
  1. View of the Elbphilharmonie
  2. Luxurious shower with fireplace
  3. Shower with a fireplace

Houseboat summary

This renovated harbor crane is a maritime hideaway in the heart of Hafencity Hamburg, directly across the Elbphilharmonie. Spend the night in the room where the crane-operator steered the grip or „Greif“ of the crane to lift heavy loads around for more than 70 years. 

Not only can you spend the night in this unique accommodation, but you can also admire the most extraordinary art in Harry's Hamburger Hafenbasar. Harry Rosenberg, the captain with the white beard, has collected the most wonderful items from all over the world and brought them to the harbor crane. During opening hours guest of the hideaway can visit the collection. 

Enjoy a glass of wine after a long day in the city and take in the extraordinary view. There is no doubt, this is a magical experience. 


Houseboat description

It is not a 5-star hotel, there is no lobby or liftboy, but you will not lack anything.

The Hafencity Hideaway is fully equipped with a mini bar, luxury Shuj silk bedding and a lovely king size bed. A special feature of the accommodation is our shower with a fireplace (world's first). Something else that makes the Hafenkran hideaway unique is the view of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg's infamous concert hall located on the shore of the river Elbe. 

The Harbor Crane does not need a kitchen, because a kind soul will bring you a breakfast basket to your doorstep every morning during your stay. Enjoy your breakfast on your private terrace or snuggled up in bed. 


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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 14:00 and 15:00.

Check out before 12:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

King size beds: 1


Experience the world's first shower with a fireplace.

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Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city
Lake / riverside

Linen provided


Towels provided
Hair dryer

Internet access


WiFi / internet
DVD player

Music system / CD player

Indoor facilities

Sofa bed

Terrace / balcony

Outdoor facilities

Air conditioning

Heating / cooling

Underfloor heating

Sea views


Panoramic views
City views
Close to the shops

Close to the ariport
Paid parking

General information

No pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Smoke alarm
Walking / hiking

Activities nearby

Maid service





15 km


0.1 km

Ferry port

1 km

Night club

0.2 km


0.1 km

Super market

0.5 km

Train station

1.8 km

How to get there

By car you can park nearby in a parking (CONTIPARK Garage airport is half an hour drive by car. The main train station is 1.8 km away, but you can get off at a stop closer (S1 Stadthausbrücke - 800m). More detailed information will be provided to you after booking, if you need it.

About the area

The Hafenkran is in the middle of the center of the city Hamburg, and walking distance from the main train station. Great restaurants and bars are within walking distance. 

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Houseboat owner


Hi, we are Tim and Marc, the founders of Floatel. We have many years of experience with lighthouses and in 2018 we opened our first hideaway in a swimming Habour Crane in the habour of Hamburg.
It is our passion to find the most beautiful and unique places to stay and turn them into accommodations that make the guest feel special and let them enjoy intensely. We always try to keep the history and the character of the buildings, so that the guests can experience the life of a lighthouse keeper or a crane conductor.

Actually, what we do is difficult to describe. Experience it and you will understand much better.

Tim and Marc

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken
English, German

2 Reviews - Hafenkran Hamburg

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Philip - Germany

    03 Aug

    Just one word: Speechless!

    It's really hard to put such an experience in words when you're so speechless. Of course, you can expect that it will not be a normal place to stay, but when arriving you will still be surprised again. The harbor crane is fully equipped and at least as unique from the inside as the view of the harbor is. We received an overnight stay for our wedding and were amazed throughout our time in the Crane and enjoyed the view of the Elbe river.

    It was almost too nice because you don't want to leave. But even though it's not really possible to repeat this experience often because of the price, you never felt you were paying too much for what was offered. I now have the firm opinion that anyone who is looking for special overnight accommodation in Hamburg must have stayed here once! You don't want to miss this.

  2. Robert - Germany

    17 Jun

    Experience of a lifetime

    The Crane is a once in a lifetime experience. On the terrace you can enjoy the sun when the weather is nice and gaze at the Elbphilharmonie. But don't worry, even on the 300 rainy days a year in Hamburg, your stay will be well in the French interior. There is a small kitchen and coffee/tea is provided. The sanitary facilities are very spacious. When you go up a steep staircase, you'll find a sitting area in the former operator's cabin as well as a very comfortable bed from which you again have an amazing view.

    The neighborhood where the Crane stands is rather thinly inhabited, which should be due to the high rents in the Speicherstadt. However, there is always a restaurant or the like within 15 minutes. Breakfast in the Crane leaves nothing to be desired.

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