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Wedel is a city west of Hamburg. Wedel has a population of roughly 38,000. It is located at the banks of the river Elbe.

Welcome point for incoming ships in suburb Schulau.


Wedel is situated on the right bank of the Elbe, approximately 17 km (11 mile), west of Hamburg. Its main claim to fame is the "ship welcoming machine" that greets every ship heading up the river to Hamburg with its flag and national anthem.

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Wedel does not have its own airport, but the airport of Hamburg that offers a number of international and intercontinental connections is close by on the S1 line.

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Map of Wedel

Public transport in Wedel relies on buses alone.


  • 1 Willkommhöft Schiffsbegrüßungsanlage (Ship welcoming station) (in "Wedel Schulau" at the river "Elbe"). The main tourist attraction. Greets every ship that passes on its way to Hamburg with a flag dipping and the playing of its home countries national anthem over load speakers. Willkomm-Höft (Q2235086) on Wikidata Willkomm-Höft on Wikipedia
  • 2 Wedeler Roland. A statue Roland (Q19965491) on Wikidata
  • 3 Ernst-Barlach-Museum Wedel. Art museum Ernst Barlach Museum Wedel (Q1357026) on Wikidata
  • 4 Stadtmuseum Wedel. A museum mostly dedicated to stuff like local history Stadtmuseum Wedel (Q15130131) on Wikidata



A lot of shops are located at the "Bahnhofstraße".


  • 1 Schulauer Fährhaus, Parnaßstraße 29, +49 4103 - 92 000. Open daily from 11:00 to 23:00. Opens at 9:30 on Sunday. Located on the edge of the Elbe River, the Schulauer Fährhaus is part of the Willkommhöft. Enjoy some North Sea fish or Schnitzel as you watch the ships coming to or from Hamburg, with an announcer playing fanfare and giving interesting facts about the vessels. The best tables are on the waterfront, giving a clear and open view of the Elbe. Entrées range from €17.90 to 23.50.



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