HHLA History

For more than 130 years, HHLA has actively witnessed Hamburg's rise to become one of the most important hubs in the world economy. Delve into fascinating photos, search through specialist information, or trace HHLA from the building of the Speicherstadt to the stock exchange quoted logistics group.

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Containers have accompanied Klaus Schepe almost throughout his entire career. And now his son is a container expert, too.



From the foundation of Hamburger Freihafen-Lagerhaus-Gesellschaft (HFLG) to the first container ship, you will find out about the most important events in HHLA’s history since 1885.


A Harbour in Transition

A reportage about the transformation in port work and cargo handling technology at the beginning of the 1970s (colour, 20 minutes).


Sustained Success with Tropical Fruits

Operating in the fruit business since 1896. The quay administration began operating the first fruit shed back then.


Speicherstadt Named World Heritage

The Hamburg Speicherstadt, which HHLA built and developed into a vibrant quarter, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.


Then and Now

In recent decades, the work and technical facilities at the Port of Hamburg have changed tremendously. We have captured this transformation for you in photos from then and now.


Hamburg Port museum

The Hamburg Port Museum in the historic “50s sheds” sparkles with a huge range of exhibits.