Both harbour and fishing industry have played a vital role throughout Glückstadt’s 400 years of history. Join our audiotour and explore our historic town, visit historic sights or the museum and listen to vivid stories about the maritime past of Glückstadt.
Founded by the King of Denmark in 1617, Glückstadt can look back to almost 400 years of history. Thanks to its location on the Elbe, the town’s harbour and its fishing industry played a vital role right from the beginning. Until the 19th century, Glückstadt, together with Hamburg Altona, were the most important ports for Greenland travellers and the whaling industry. In later times, the town became a centre for herring fishery. The popular seafood was caught here until 1976. Take our App “Exploring Glückstadt” and relive Glückstadt’s maritime past.