The history of Altona has always been closely linked to fishing. The earliest settlers were fishers and to this very day fish trade and processing is decisively influencing the banks of the River Elbe in Altona. For over 80 years, Fischmarkt Hamburg-Altona GmbH’s activities have played a crucial role not only in carefully accompanying changes which the traditional location has been undergoing but also in the supply of fresh fish and delicacy throughout the entire metropolitan region of Hamburg.
History of the fishing harbour of Hamburg-Altona
The name Altona was coined by the first fisher who settled in this region west of Hamburg at this time.
Altona established its own fish market.
Fish auctions were held in Altona and St. Pauli for the first time.
The fish auction hall was built in Altona.
The Altona fish harbour moved from its location on the border to Hamburg to its present site.
A company known as Vereinigte Fischmärkte Altona und Hamburg G.m.b.H. was established.
Vereinigte Fischmärkte Altona und Hamburg G.m.b.H. was renamed Fischmarkt Hamburg-Altona GmbH (FMH).
The first construction phase of the fishing harbour marked the initial step in post-war reconstruction.
FMH built its first deep-freeze store, Hall III. It was followed in the ensuing years by Halls IV and V.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft HHLA became the sole shareholder of FMH.
FMH extended its production and fish-processing operations.
Deep-freeze store III was converted into use as office space and renamed “Elbkaihaus”.
The fishing harbour premises were removed from the scope of the Port Development Act.
The state government of Hamburg reaffirmed its commitment to preserving the fishing industry at this traditional location.
An urban architecture competition was initiated as a basis for the further development of an area between Elbkaihaus and Columbia Twins (Areal West).
New head of the district authority of Altona. Continuation of talks with a view to developing the “Areal West“.
Public plan discussion organized by the district authority of Altona to set up an official development plan necessary for realizing "Areal West".