The Speicherstadt or the City of Warehouses or the warehouse district in Hamburg is the largest globally. The buildings here stand on foundations made of timber. It became Hamburg’s first site to make it to the UNESCO world heritage sites list. Built around the canals, the beautiful red-brick architecture is a delight to the eyes. It is located in the port of Hamburg, within the HafenCity and was built from 1883 to 1992. Nowadays, Speicherstadt is a warehouse complex and a popular tourist place. In addition, it houses restaurants, museums and the World’s largest model railway within its boundaries. The evenings here are mesmerising, and at day time, the red bricks architecture is brightened by more than 500 spotlights.
Things at Speicherstadt That Will Surely Attract You
The Gothic architecture
Are you a Goth fan? Are you really inspired by Gothic culture? Speicherstadt will not let you down then. Its beautiful, eye-catching architecture will make you a fan of how this place is planned and developed. Apart from being the World’s largest warehouse district globally and a part of the UNESCO World Heritage, the architecture of the Speicherstadt is mesmerising and Goth. The newly developed HafenCity is the largest city development project in Europe. Here history meets the contemporary. There are a lot of zealous startups coming up. You can be a witness to the variety of people here. The elites living with the students and the warehouses sharing the same land with new, fresh cafes and structures will surely take you back. The eyes are indeed for a treat at this Hamburg warehouse. One thing worth noticing is, 25 feet of every establishment here is waterproof.
The view around the waterway
Not just a waterway for the transport of goods but also a treat to your eyes. It is a tourist attraction. You can stop by here and have a look at the canal. Speicherstadt is a complex of warehouses used for trading goods and a beautiful tourist spot. The canal where the structures are situated is a pure delight to the eyes. The reflection of the networks falling on the water in the canal is a picture-worthy frame. Once used to deliver precious articles by ship or fleet, the warehouses on oak log foundations are crossed by narrow canals. The numerous bridges around offer scenic views of the Goth brick building. Further on entering the HafenCity, several smaller ports offer tourists views across the water that can be enjoyed.
If you are interested in railways or railway models, this place is a delightful treat for you. Miniatur Wunderland is a museum that is also the World’s largest model railway system. Not only miniatures of countries but also a beautiful miniature of an airport are present at the museum to render a delightful experience to your eyes. Furthermore, the spectacular representation of Hamburg and the mountainous Harz, the Austrian Alps, France, Italy, North- America, and Scandinavia are also present for the tourist to explore and admire. This museum’s construction was started in the year 2000 December. This museum’s miniature World comprises 1000 squares meters.
Spicy’s Spice Museum is filled with exotic, fragrant spices, teas and coffees. The spice trade is very much alive and popular today. It houses over 900 exhibits and samples that convey the story of the global spice trade over the past 500 years. In addition, it offers a fragrant and unique journey through the local markets of the World.
If you plan a trip to Hamburg and don’t visit The General Customs Museum, I am really sad to tell you that your trip won’t be a satisfying one. However, if you are a traveller who travels places by catalogues or recommendations, this museum is a must-visit. A fascinating place and a popular one, The General Customs Museum is a storyteller. The permanent exhibitions showcase enchanting stories about smugglers and mafias. It also offers detailed and exciting information about history. The ground floor of the museum also tells you about interesting and detailed facts regarding the work of the Federal Customs Administration.
The International Maritime Museum
Museum-lovers may feel let down by a place without models or artifacts to showcase. But don’t worry, HafenCity, the neighbour of Speicherstadt, will quench your thirst for the love for history. Another treat for museum lovers, International Maritimes Museum, is a private museum. Located in the HafenCity, Peter Tamm’s models’ collections amount to over 40,000 display pieces and a million snaps. It opened in a warehouse in 2008. Peter Tamm started the private collection in 1934.
Harry’s Hamburgher Hafenbasar Museum
A museum and rarity/ singularity business which existed since 1954 on St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany. It is considered a tourist attraction and is listed in many tourist guides from Hamburg. When Rosenberg’s harbour bazaar went through the national press, buying, exhibiting and selling real shrunken heads, it was already a local attraction. In 1996 Rosenberg retired and sold the business to his daughter Karin.
Not only museums but art galleries are also great tourist attractions. If you are here to explore the city, Hamburg will quench your thirst for art. Sandtorpark has a few excellent modern art galleries which showcase splendid art pieces. The art galleries showcase a beautiful blend of international and local art pieces, thus encouraging the local artist to come forward. The art galleries here also help get engrossed with the local artists and their works. Here, the art galleries give their visitors a beautiful view of local and international artists’ work.
If you are a concert lover and looking for some fun activities to rejuvenate your inner self, then The Elbphilharmonie is a spot you should stop by in the city of Hamburg. This place has a spacious concert hall and organises some great concerts which you should try and attend. Your tour to Speicherstadt won’t reach its destination if you fail to explore the Elbphilharmonie in the city of Hamburg. Herzog & de Meuron’s designed concert hall is on the top of Kaispeicher, one of the city’s most enormous warehouses. With a capacity of accommodating over 2000 people, the Great Hall (with vineyard style architecture) is at the centre of the building. The concert tickets get pre-booked and are very much demanded. However, if you can’t get the tickets, you can still stop by this place and still admire the beautiful plaza and enjoy the mesmerising view of the harbour.
The HafenCity is also Hamburg’s developing nightlife destination. After travelling the whole city in the day, if you are looking for places to party at night and make the trip memorable, HafenCity won’t disappoint you. The Oberhafen, once a warehouse, is now being developed into a party hot-spot for the youth. There are also several spots to fulfil your party spirit. For lovers of art, literature and music, Club 20457 is another favourite among the people.