Speicherstadt


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this old warehouse district is a must-see.

Speicherstadt

Speicherstadt

The Speicherstadt in Hamburg, often referred to as the "City of Warehouses", is an absolute must-visit for every tourist. It is the largest warehouse district globally, situated on the Elbe River, and happens to be one of the main attractions of Hamburg. An extraordinary ensemble of neo-Gothic buildings, Speicherstadt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015.

The Speicherstadt district was built between 1883 and 1927 as part of the free port and includes 17 building complexes with a total of 300,000 sqm of storage space. If you are a lover of history and architecture, Speicherstadt's unique red bricks, small towers, and elaborated terracotta ornaments are bound to make an impression. The buildings are built on thousands of oak piles and impress with their striking architecture that reflects on the water like a fairy-tale city.

A walk through the warehouse district is like a journey through time, where you can see how goods were traditionally stored and traded in the largest warehouse complex of the 19th century. Besides its historical significance, Speicherstadt serves as a home to several attractions today. Among those, famous ones include the International Maritime Museum, the Spicy’s Spice Museum, and the beloved Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model railway.

Miniatur Wunderland alone is a reason to come visit Speicherstadt. It has fascinated millions of visitors since its opening in 2001 with its incredibly detailed and lovingly designed miniature landscapes. Covering everything from Scandinavia to America and even a miniature Hamburg airport, it’s something that everyone, irrespective of age, can enjoy.

Another notable attraction is the Hamburg Dungeon which offers a unique and exciting way to learn about the dark side of Hamburg's history. It combines live actors, rides and shows, providing an entertaining and also somewhat scary historic tour of the city. Especially recommended if you love a spooky thrill!

The International Maritime Museum is another must-visit site. Here, you can delve deep into the maritime history of Hamburg and explore 3,000 years of human history through its maritime and naval artifacts spread across nine floors. Exhibits include 40,000 items and over one million photographs, the oldest of which dates back to 1862.

For those who are fond of architectural photography, or simply enjoy breathtaking views, a trip to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza is essential. It offers a stunning 360-degree view of the city and the harbour. An architectural masterpiece in itself, Elbphilharmonie is just a few steps away from Speicherstadt and is not to be missed.

In addition to its architectural and historical grandeur, Speicherstadt also boasts of gastronomical delights. Coffee houses and restaurants located around the area provide visitors with an array of options to satiate their cravings. You can also opt for a guided tour if you're interested in the peculiar stories and histories that the district holds.

Don't forget to experience Speicherstadt at night. It is a completely different setting with the carefully aligned lights making the entire district look like a dream. The view of the district with its shimmering reflections on the dark waters of the canal in the evening is truly enchanting – a view that’s worth a thousand pictures.

In conclusion, whether it's the history, the architecture, the miniature world, the maritime museum, or just the stunning views, there's no shortage of reasons to visit Speicherstadt when in Hamburg. Soak in the atmosphere and let Speicherstadt enchant you with its unique charm. After all, there's no other place like it on earth!