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HafenCity & Speicherstadt

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Welcome to HafenCity & Speicherstadt!

At the edge of the city centre they stand, the beautiful old office buildings of the Speicherstadt. The world's largest historical warehouse complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the other side, in the direction of the banks of the Elbe, you can see the modern architecture of HafenCity, which is constantly growing and with it the cityscape. Wherever the eye reaches - here it is always quite present - the view of the harbour.

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Permanent exhibition and gift shop focussing on the phenomenon that is chocolate. CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ

Hamburg is the German chocolate capital. Every year 150,000 tons of cocoa are imported to Germany via the port of Hamburg. When you have a sweet tooth you can see for yourself how the bitter beans are turned into sweet gold at the Chocoversum by…

CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ
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Journey into absolute darkness DIALOG IM DUNKELN

The DIALOG IM DUNKELN® (dialogue in the dark) in Hamburg is an important exhibition that captivates with its uniqueness. Visitors are led by blind people through a dark world of scents, sounds and temperatures. An exhibition on discovering the…

DIALOG IM DUNKELN
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An extraordinary journey through an environment without sounds and language DIALOG IM STILLEN

In the midst of the noisy, lively hustle and bustle of the Hanseatic city, you can now let yourself be carried away into a completely noiseless world.

DIALOG IM STILLEN
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Harbour Round Trips Reederei & Schiffs-Vermietung GREGORS

From Landungsbrücken, pier 10, through the illuminated harbour; docks, containers, Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt (old warehouse district, depends on the tide), HafenCity, with live commentary.

Reederei & Schiffs-Vermietung GREGORS
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Chilehaus

The Chilehaus whose top is reminiscent of a ship's prow was constructed in 1922-1924 for the Hamburg businessman Henry Brarens Sloman according to a design by Fritz Höger, and was named after the country where Sloman traded for three decades.

Chilehaus
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Überseeboulevard

The Überseequartier in Hamburg stands for extraordinary variety at the waters edge. A colourful mixture of different retailers, designer shops and cafés invites you to stroll and linger in a maritime atmosphere.

Überseeboulevard

MAGAZIN One day in HafenCity & Speicherstadt

Götz Weisener
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Moin, my name is Götz Weisener

The new heart of the Hanseatic city is growing at a breath-taking pace in Hamburg’s HafenCity. A city within a city which was still Europe’s largest construction site just a few years ago. Today, the Elbe philharmonic's roof shimmers like a jewel over the neighbourhood, whose character could not be more contrasting. On the edge of the inner city rest the old office buildings (Kontorhäuser) of the brick-red Speicherstadt (lit. warehouse city). On the other side, towards the banks of the Elbe, one can see the modern, playful architecture of the new harbour district with its mix of office high-rises and residential buildings, galleries and boutiques, terrace cafés and new parks. You can enjoy the view of the harbour from nearly everywhere, where week in, week out bodacious cruise ships berth. My name is Götz Weisener, and I work as a coordinator in the trade syndicate Netzwerk in HafenCity. I would like to invite you to join me through this new borough of Hamburg.

Would you have known?

The Elbphilharmonie has the longest escalator in Germany. A ride takes about two and a half minutes.

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The Überseeboulevard is the promenade in HafenCity
The design hotel 25hours and the restaurant Neni are now located in the old harbour office.
The International Maritime Museum has a huge collection of model ships

IN THE MORNING

Model ships, street art and design 

Let’s start our tour on the Überseeboulevard, the strolling promenade in HafenCity. Here, you will not only find shops and cafés, but you will also discover art at every turn. For instance along the open-art exhibition, in which changing artists show their large-size works. Behind it, the beautiful brick facade of the old harbour master’s office (Osakallee 12) catches your eye. In the restored, oldest building of the historic Speicherstadt, you can find the design hotel 25hours and the Neni restaurant, which offers Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. From Überseequartier, the centre of HafenCity, I cross the Magdeburg harbour via the Busanbridge. On the left, you can see the imposing brick building of the International Maritime Museum (Koreastraße 1) with a huge collection of model ships. To the right, the Elbtorpromenade stretches with terrace cafés, restaurants and galleries. The IF design exhibition (Hongkongstraße 6) is particularly interesting. Here, you can discover outstanding works from all sorts of design areas.

 

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Sandtorharbour
Unilever-Building and Marco Polo Tower

AT NOON

Historic ships and architectural houses

For lunch, I go to Alte Liebe (Koreastraße 1), a rustically furnished restaurant with fish specialities. Now and then, you can also find the traditional Hamburg dish Labskaus (potato recipe with corned beef and rolled pickled herring, fried egg and gherkin) on the menu here. Afterwards, I walk back over the Busanbridge towards Dalmannkai, where I stop at three galleries. Hafenliebe (Dalmannkai 4) shows monthly-changing exhibitions and Nissis Kunstkantine (Dalmannkai 6) combines art and culinary events. The works exhibited in the nearby Forum Stadt Land Kunst and the glass gallery Stölting (Am Sandtorpark 12 and 14) are also worth visiting. The Dalmannkai ends at Große Grasbrook, which connects the Speicherstadt with the Elbe and the cruise ship terminal - and is easily recognisable by the ensemble Marco Polo Tower and the Unilever building. In warm weather, you can relax on the Marco Polo and Magellan terraces. Walking on the pontoon at the Sandtorhafen, you will come across restored cranes and historic ships, with the modern architectural houses Spalier in the background. I feel like having a good cup of tea, so I go to Meßmer Momentum (Am Kaiserkai 10), where you can also partake in tea tastings and readings. On the go, I frequently meet groups who are guided by foot, e-scooter or bicycle through HafenCity (hafencity.com) - from the Kehrwiederspitze in the west to the "wild east" with the Oberhafenquartier (Stockmeyerstraße), the young creative district with space for art and music, small manufacturers and agencies.

 

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Sandtorkai
spice museum

IN THE EVENING

From the Elphi to the Fleetschlösschen

The great thing about the HafenCity is that you only have to walk a few steps and turn your head a few degrees to discover new perspectives and sights. From the Kaiserkai, you get a wonderful view of the Elbphilharmonie (Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1), the new landmark of Hamburg, which we abbreviatedly call Elphi. The 1,100 glass elements of the facade reflect the light of the setting sun, and the port behind it begins to turn auburn. Anyone now standing on the 37-metre-high viewing platform (Plaza had more than 4 million visitors in 2017), can see Hamburg’s romantic side. The bricks of the Speicherstadt (UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is connected to the old town by bridges over the canals (Elbkanäle), blaze in warm colours. In addition to tourist highlights, such as the Spice Museum (Am Sandtorkai 34), the Hamburg Dungeon (Kehrwieder 2) and the Miniatur Wunderland (Kehrwieder 2-4), it is home to carpet, coffee and tea traders. If you want to eat in the ambience of a former customs house, you will enjoy culinary delicacies such as fish soup at Fleetschlösschen (Brooktorkai 17). If you rather want to keep it casual, you will find good wok and sushi dishes in Chilli Club (Am Sandtorkai 54). I prefer the versatile menu in the restaurant of hotel 25hours (Überseeallee 5). Not far from it, you can round off the long day in HafenCity with a cocktail from Boilermann Bar (Osakaallee 12).

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SHOPPING, EATING, DRINKING Discover restaurants & shops

HafenCity & Speicherstadt impress not only with their elegance and beauty, but also with their culinary diversity and numerous shopping opportunities.

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Chilli Club

  • Restaurant
  • Asian
  • €€

The Chilli Club offers contemporary Asian cuisine in the HafenCity. The design is stylish, spacious and located right on the water.

Chilli Club

Chilli Club

Am Sandtorkai 54
20457 Hamburg

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Coast Enoteca (by east)

  • Restaurant
  • Italian
  • €€€

The Coast Enoteca restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine and a wide selection of wines in a stylish ambience.

Coast Enoteca (by east)

Coast Enoteca (by east)

Großer Grasbrook 14
20457 Hamburg

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Das Kontor

  • Restaurant
  • Fish
  • German cuisine
  • €€

"Das Kontor" is a hanseatic maritime restaurant in Hamburg's Old Town.

Das Kontor

Das Kontor

Deichstraße 32
20459 Hamburg

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Deichgraf

  • Restaurant
  • German cuisine
  • €€

Experience the Hanseatic atmosphere and fresh cuisine at Deichgraf.

Deichgraf

Deichgraf

Deichstr. 23
20459 Hamburg

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Plaza Café Deck & Deli

  • Café/Bistro
  • €€€

Fish rolls, cake sandwiches, sandwiches and ice cream - Deli offers a wide variety of savoury and sweet snacks as well as a large selection of drinks.

Plaza Café Deck & Deli

Plaza Café Deck & Deli

Platz der Deutschen Einheit 3
20457 Hamburg

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Restaurant Neni

  • Restaurant
  • Fish
  • €€€

At “Neni” it is important to give the guests a familial and friendly feeling.

Restaurant Neni

Restaurant Neni

Osakaallee, Eingang Überseeboulevard (im 25 hours Hotel) 12
20457 HafenCity

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Überseeboulevard

The Überseequartier in Hamburg stands for extraordinary variety at the waters edge. A colourful mixture of different retailers, designer shops and cafés invites you to stroll and linger in a maritime atmosphere.

Überseeboulevard

Überseeboulevard

Überseeboulevard
20457 Hamburg

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VLET

  • Restaurant
  • Gourmet
  • German cuisine
  • €€€

The VLET restaurant is a true paradise for gourmets. In line with its location in the modern Hafencity, excellent modern north German cuisine is served here.

VLET

VLET in der Speicherstadt

Am Sandtorkai 23
20457 Hamburg

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn

At Hamburg’s city coast, the Elbe and the harbour, you can just sit down and watch as ships, ferries and tugs pass by and enjoy the strong sea breeze. A few hundred meters away you can experience Hamburg’s world-famous “sinful mile” – the Reeperbahn.

St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn
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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Sternschanze & Karoviertel

The two districts around Schanzenstraße and Schulterblatt are always in motion. Here, it is colourful and lively, and it has become much fancier in the last few years. Still, the district in the borough of Altona has preserved much of its rough, leftist-alternative nonconformism.

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Eimsbüttel & Eppendorf

Here, one can find magnificent old building façades, local and exquisite restaurants as well as fancy boutiques and owner-operated shops. While Eppendorf is rather fancy, one can feel the hanseatic serenity in Eimsbüttel. Both districts offer much green and water and are hence with good reason very popular neighbourhoods in Hamburg.

Eimsbüttel & Eppendorf

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