Speicherstadt Warehouse District
Speicherstadt, literally means ‘City of Warehouses’. This is quite an apt description. This is actually the world’s largest warehouse district, and is quite an impressive sight. Building began in the late 19th century and was completed in the early 1900s. The area consists of 17 warehouses which line the waterfront, each of which are seven or eight stories high.
On Foot or by Boat
There are two great ways to explore the warehouse district. To really appreciate the grandeur and the history involved, it is recommended to see them from water by taking a boat tour. Learn about the importance of the city’s canals, Hamburg Harbour and the role these warehouses used to play for the city. A boat trip lets you get up close and personal to the beautiful buildings. The other way is to stroll on foot and explore the dark red brick buildings, which have been immaculately restored in recent years. Many of these are now functioning offices or residential accommodation. There are boutiques and other shops, restaurants and coffee houses hidden within the complex.
Speicherstadt, together with Chilehaus and the Kontorhaus District, has been given the impressive accolade as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has been recognised as a great example of an urban development in Germany in the early 20th century. It was also one of the first dedicated office districts on the European continent.
The Port City
It is hard to visit Hamburg and overlook the importance of the port. It is the third busiest in Europe and plays a significant role for the entire city. A large part of Hamburg’s history is centralised around Speicherstadt and the harbour, both of which are worth exploring either by boat or foot and can be easily reached from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg.