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Full steam ahead on the Elbe and the Elbe canals

The port of Hamburg covers an area along the Elbe as well as over the channels of the River Elbe and various islands in the River Elbe. Nothing would be possible here without bridges.  A total of 133 bridges link the Elbe islands together.
HPA is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all these bridges. The rehabilitation and construction of bridges is also our responsibility. Unencumbered travel is our long-term goal: the bridges are an important part of the port infrastructure. By preserving and modernising them, we ensure the port can continue to grow.

Some of our bridges have to do a bit more. These special bridge constructions are opened as required to enable larger ships to navigate the Elbe unimpeded.

The various bacsule, lifting and rolling bridges are regularly checked and maintained by our bridge masters.

Moving bridges and locks in the port of Hamburg

Are you interested in our moving bridges and watergates? All the detailed information on their locations and operating times can be found here:

Current traffic news about bridges and watergates

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KATTWYK BRIDGE

Operating timeDaily 4 times
Opening timeDaily at 5:30, 12:30, 17:00 and 00:00.
NotificationRegistration for service within the operating hours must be made 30 minutes before the opening request. Special openings take place 24/7 only after registration with the Nautical Center. USW radio channel 13; Name: Kattwyk Bridge; or on +49 40 42847-7088
KATTWYK BRIDGE

ESTE LOCK

Operating timeMonday to Friday 6:00 to 22:00 (means till 21:00) - Saturday and Sunday 6:00 – 18:00
Opening timeOperation of the lock takes place on advance request at the Este Lock. A request for the opening within the operating time must be made at least one hour before the desired opening time; for the opening outside of operating time, at least one hour before the end of operating time.

Due to maintenance measures at the outer Este Lock, it will be closed for one hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The gates will be closed from a water level of approx. NHN +1.0m in order to carry out the rinsing cycle up to a water level of approx. NHN 0.10m.
NotificationUSW radio channel 10; Name: Este Lock; or on +49 40 42847-7011
ESTE LOCK

RETHE BRIDGE

Operating timeMon.–Sat. from 6:00 to 22:00 (except bank holidays)
Opening timeOn request according to § 24 (2) of the Port Traffic Regulations. Opening for small ships only at high tide; when opened for oceangoing ships, small ships may also pass.
From 01.11.2022
Opening times for inland waterway and small boat trips Mon-Sat 06:15, 13:30, 20:30 by prior arrangement. (30min before opening request)

Openings for shipping are possible at any time after prior notification. (Inland waterway and small shipping can also pass) Openings outside of operating hours (exclusively sea shipping) must be registered on weekdays till 9:00 p.m.

Openings on Sundays and public holidays are available to small and inland shipping only at high tide. Registration for this is possible until 9:00 p.m. the day before (weekdays).
Special openings take place after consultation with the nautical center.
NotificationUSW radio channel 13; Name: Rethe Bridge; or on +49 40 42847-4885
RETHE BRIDGE

REIHERSTIEG BRIDGE

Operating timeMon.– Fri. from 6:00 to 14:00 (except bank holidays)
Opening timeThe request for operation within the opening time must be made one hour before the desired opening time.

The request for operation outside the opening time must be made at least one hour before the end of operating time. Mondays to Fridays, the bridge may not be opened from 7:00 to 7:30 and from 16:15 to 17:15, as rush hour traffic flows over the bridge at these times.
NotificationUSW radio channel 13; Via: Rethe Bridge; or on +49 40 42847 4885
REIHERSTIEG BRIDGE

LOTSEKANAL BRIDGE

Operating timeThe bridge is not continually staffed.
Opening timeStandard opening time: 10:00, 14:00, 18:00 – only on request! Requests must be made 4 hours in advance. Requests are possible Monday to Friday between 7:00 and 14:30, before bank holidays or weekends up to 12.30. Special rules apply to events. Requests can be made with LSBG to andrea.lender@lsbg.hamburg.de.
NotificationUSW radio channel 13; Name: Harburg Lock; or on +49 40 42847-4851
LOTSEKANAL BRIDGE

HOLZHAFEN BRIDGE

Operating timeThe bridge is not continually staffed.
Opening timeStandard opening time: 10:00, 14:00, 18:00 – only on request! Requests must be made 4 hours in advance. Requests are possible Monday to Friday between 7:00 and 14:30, before bank holidays or weekends up to 12.30. Special rules apply to events. Requests can be made with LSBG to andrea.lender@lsbg.hamburg.de.
NotificationUSW radio channel 13; Name: Harburg Lock; or on +49 40 42847-4851
HOLZHAFEN BRIDGE

WESTLICHE BAHNHOFSKANAL BRIDGE

Operating timeThe bridge is not continually staffed.
Opening timeExpected to resume in February 2023 at the following times:
Mondays: 10:00, 14:00, 18:00 (see registration procedure below)
Tuesdays - Fridays: 10:00, 14:00, 18:00 (see registration procedure below).
Special arrangements for events possible. (andrea.lender@lsbg.hamburg.de)

Registration:
Openings Monday must be registered no later than Thursday of the previous week.
Openings Tuesday to Friday must be announced 48 hours before opening.
Registrations possible Mon-Thu between 07:00 and 14:30, and Fridays and before holidays until 12:30.
NotificationUSW radio channel 13; Name: Harburg Lock; or on +49 40 42847-4851
WESTLICHE BAHNHOFSKANAL BRIDGE

CRANZ BRIDGE

Operating timeFrom Monday to Friday 6:00 to 22:00, (means till 21:00)j - Saturday and Sunday 6:00 – 18:00
Opening timeThe opening of the bridge only takes place on advance request at the Este Lock. Requests must take place at least one hour before the desired opening; for times outside of the opening time, at least one hour before the end of operating time.
NotificationUSW radio channel 10; Name: Este Lock; or on +49 40 42847-7011
CRANZ BRIDGE

HARBURG LOCK

Operating timeDaily, nonstop day and night
Opening time./.
NotificationUSW radio channel 13; Name: Harburg Lock; or on +49 40 42847-4851
HARBURG LOCK

ELLERHOLZ, REIHERSTIEG, RUGENBERGER LOCKS

Operating timeDaily, nonstop day and night
Opening timeAs the project to rebuild the Lock will begin, the Reiherstieg lock will be taken out of service from 01.11.2022. This will be closed until 2027.

From 01.11.2022 both Ellerholz lock chambers will be closed twice a day, 0.5 hours before and up to 1 hour after low water level.
NotificationUSW radio channel 13; Name: Ellerholz Lock; or on +49 40 42847-4850
ELLERHOLZ, REIHERSTIEG, RUGENBERGER LOCKS

ERNST AUGUST LOCK

Operating timeMon.–Fri. from 7:30 to 16:30; Sat, Sun and bank holidays 10:00–19:00
Opening timeRequests for operation outside of the opening time must be made at least one hour before the end of operating time.
From 1 November to 31 March:
Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 14:30 (except bank holidays): Requests for operation within the opening time must be made at least 2 hours before the desired opening; for operation outside of the opening time, at least 2 hours before the end of operating time.
Lock operations outside of the opening time are subject to a fee.
From 01.11.2022
locks for Sport ship are carreid out
- every full hour in the direction of the Elbe
-every half hour in the direction of the Ernst-August Canal
NotificationPhone +49 40 42847-4870
ERNST AUGUST LOCK

TATENBERGER LOCK

Operating timeDaily from 8:30 to 19:30
Opening timeRequests for operation outside of the opening time must be made at least one hour before the end of operating time.
From 1 November to 31 March:
Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 14:30 (except bank holidays): Requests for operation within the opening time must be made at least 2 hours before the desired opening; for operation outside of the opening time, at least 2 hours before the end of operating time.
Lock operations outside of the opening time are subject to a fee.
NotificationPhone +49 40 42847-7030
TATENBERGER LOCK

Traffic regulations for the port of Hamburg

German only:

§ 24 Durchfahren von Brücken

(2) Bewegliche Brücken werden während der von der zuständigen Behörde bekannt gemachten Betriebszeit auf Anforderungen geöffnet, wenn es die Verkehrs- und Betriebsverhältnisse zulassen. Außerhalb der Betriebszeit erfolgt die Öffnung nur, wenn das Fahrzeug spätestens eine halbe Stunde vor Betriebsschluss angemeldet ist.

General terms and conditions

The general terms and conditions of the Hamburg Port Authority apply to the use of the bridges and locks in the port area of Hamburg.

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