I really like this part of Hamburg. There is a large area with those old storage houses called, which is called "Speicherstadt". It's the biggest building site these days.
I love the architecture of the old storage houses and I'm not sure what I think of the really modern front row of buildings. Some new buildings are interesting too, but I find it not so charming really....it's a cool atmosphere, if you know what I mean.
in the old halls of Hamburgs famous "Storage Halls", which are earlier a duty free zone for shipping goods, now there are some new attractions for tourists!
Of of them is called "Hamburg Dungeon" where you can see the history of Hamburg, eg. the big floods of 1717, the big fire of Hamburgs history
As in other European harbour cities, the harbour area is being redeveloped and old (quite often very beautiful) storage buildings being turned into business/apartment buildings. Compared to London, Copenhagen and Glasgow, Hamburg started out a bit late on this, with the advantage of avoiding some of the development errors of other places. You can inform yourself on the harbour redevelopment project on the website of the Hamburg city administration. Good project, tasteful conversion.
Most cruises of the harbour and old docklands are leaving from the Landungsbrücken.
Fine though some of the city centre architecture might be – and you can hardly miss the glories of the town hall and St Michel’s church - it was the towering rows of red brick, green roofed buildings of the old Speicherstadt, the warehouse district which caught my imagination. The best way to appreciate what looks like an enormous film set of Gothic and renaissance spires, towers, and fancy gables, is first by boat, when you nose under the neat candle-snuffer cupolas which house the cargo winches then on foot, visiting the spice museum by day or admiring the illuminated bridges by night.
Beyond the warehouses and pushing out further into the river, a new district is currently taking shape and causing much excitement amongst the citizenry. When completed, Hafencity will become the trendiest residential and office accommodation in town, with loft apartments cheek by jowl with architects’ offices and media companies. It will also be a social and cultural centre with an extraordinary new concert hall currently taking shape in the form of a glass wave-shaped auditorium growing above an old warehouse. There will be squares, parks and promenades in Hafencity in due course and of course, a beach and new beach bar for summer evenings.
The World's largest self-contained warehouse complex, among canals and cobblestoned streets. Built between the end of the 19th century and the '10s in the typical and beautiful red-brick style of Hanseatic architecture. It's one of the most picturesque and interesting places in Hamburg, just close to the Harbour and the Altstadt, you really cannot miss it both from the sea and from the streets!
I think already everything has been said about the Speicherstadt. So I will just say that the harbour cruise is a nice and relaxing opportunity to see the harbour and the Speicherstadt. This is just a must-do.
The Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) is the largest continuous storage space in the world. The brick stone warehouses were erected in the harbour district between 1885 and 1927. Still today most of them are still in use to store coffee, tea, spices, silks and carpets. The best way to see this district is by boat.
You can see the history of the district in the Speicherstadt-Museum. I cannot say anything about it as I haven't been there.
One particularly eventful and excitingly structured museum is the Hamburg Dungeon. 2,000 years of history from the great Hamburg fire to the pirate Stoertebeker await visitors in the old walls of the Speicherstadt warehouse district. A spectacular aquatic journey based on the terrible storm tide of 1717 allows visitors to experience the power of the wind and the floods.
Next door, things are drier but no less exciting: Miniaturwunderland in Hamburgs Speicherstadt features one of the largest model railways in the world. More than 450 trains with a total of 7,000 carriages and countless trees, figures, cars, platforms, houses and bridges make up an incredibly realistic model landscape. Train movements are controlled in fully digital form by computer, and a distinction is even made between day and night.
This is my favourite sight in Hamburg - well it is more a district of its own. The neo-gothic style building are still in use to house the trader’s treasures such as spices, carpets, coffee, tea and rum. You can do a very good guided tour through the 19th century storage houses when visiting the “Spice Museum”. Or you go on a “Hafenrundfahrt” (harbour cruise) with one of the “Barkassen” on offer along “Landungsbrücken”. They bring you inside the storage quarter wnd you have a special view of the channels and the houses all around.
Deichstraße (dyke street)
In 1842, there was a big fire in Hamburg that left 20,000 people homeless and destroyed many of the city's old Civil Houses. Dyke Street is a preserved slice of Hamburg's history and allows you to glimpse what it looked like before the fire.
This is a sizeable warehouse district. One side of the warehoses is on street level and the other side faces canals- thus allowing goods to arrive and depart by land or water and be transferred by either too.
The architecture of this buildings is quite beautiful and I strongly recommend one of the boat trips that passes through this area. I believe it is now also illuminated at night - though I have not seen this myself
Experience the unique SPEICHERSTADT (warehouse quarter) in the harbour area with its turn-of-the century warehouse palaces in neo-gothic and neo-Renaissance style where coffee, carpets and other goods are stored.
And don't miss the great SPICE MUSEUM located in one of them: I learned a lot here about the origin and effects of some common and not so common spices - and you can actually smell and taste them! They also offer teas flavoured with exotic spices.
If you like to you can also visit one of the carpet stores: of course, you can buy precious carpets here but you can also only look around - the friendly owners (mostly of Persian origin) will give you a nice welcome and offer you a cup of tea anyway.
Check out the SPEICHERSTADT WAREHOUSES. Built in 1885-1910, the structure has been kept the way it was. And believe it or not, these warehouses are still in use today - you can see them hauling goods. Free access.
Old warehouses which are still used as such today. Well some of them are, there are many offices around that area now as well. Nice brick built buildings, you can see them best from one of the little boats that cruise through the port. (Ask about the tide before leaving to make sure that the boat actually goes through the 'Speicherstadt'!)
The dark side of Hamburg's past first hand. Here you can experience along a dimly paths, hamburg's back in time to the past's bloody epochs and terrible events, both natural and man-made.