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Maritime Culture & UNESCO

Maritime Culture & UNESCO

Red brick, canals, bridges and streets - the complex of warehouses built near the Port of Hamburg from the end of the 19th century is so large that it can truly be called a city of warehouses. And because the Speicherstadt is so beautiful and impressive in the process, in 2015 it was added to the list of World Heritage Sites, which UNESCO considers to be worthy of special protection and preservation. Hamburg's World Heritage Site also includes the Kontorhaus district with Chilehaus, which also has a sensational architecture.

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International Maritime Museum

Kaispeicher B in Hamburg's Speicherstadt is home to the world's largest private collection of maritime treasures from 3000 years of shipping and naval history.

International Maritime Museum

Speicherstadt & Kontorhausviertel UNESCO World Heritage

In 2015, the "Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel with Chilehaus" ensemble was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This makes it one of the world's 1200 "masterpieces of human creativity of universal value".

UNESCO World Heritage
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From adventures at sea Museum ships

Whether they were sailing the world's oceans or always cruising close to their home port - the museum ships anchored in Hamburg could all tell stories of adventures on the high seas.

Museum ships
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Experiences against a maritime backdrop Entertainment on the waterfront

In the past, people mainly worked in the port, but today there are also all kinds of things to see, try out and experience. The Elbe, ships and containers provide a picturesque backdrop for concerts, festivals and tours, among other things.

Entertainment on the waterfront
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Maritime history up close Maritime museums

In Hamburg's maritime museums you can follow the traces of the Hanseatic city. When was the second largest port in Europe founded? What role did the Hanseatic League play in Hamburg's development? How many bricks does the Chilehaus actually consist…

Maritime museums

DISCOVER NOW Current cultural events in the port & surroundings

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''ADAC prämierter Sinnes-Streifzug durch Speicherstadt & Hafencity''
  • City Walks

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  • 11:00
  • Treffpunkt: Rosinenfischer-Kontor
Best Of 2020
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Best Of 2020
  • Shows

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  • First Stage Theater Hamburg
Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern
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Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern
  • Theatre

  • 29.07.2021
  • 20:00
  • Imperial Theater
Ed Carlsen & Orange and Mountains
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Ed Carlsen & Orange and Mountains
  • Pop

  • 04.08.2021
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  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Ed Carlsen & Orange and Mountains
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Ed Carlsen & Orange and Mountains
  • Pop

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  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Elbphilharmonie Gamelan Ensemble
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Elbphilharmonie Gamelan Ensemble
  • World Music

  • 03.08.2021
  • 17:00
  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Elbphilharmonie Gamelan Ensemble
© Sophie Wolter

Elbphilharmonie Gamelan Ensemble
  • World Music

  • 03.08.2021
  • 20:30
  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Fheels
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Fheels
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  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Fheels
© Sophie Schwarzenberger

Fheels
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  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Hamburger DOM: Riesenrad
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Hamburger DOM
  • Funfairs

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  • Heiligengeistfeld
Nawa Duo
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Nawa Duo
  • World Music

  • 28.07.2021
  • 17:00
  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Nawa Duo
© Ali Bahrami & Sara Sabaghian

Nawa Duo
  • World Music

  • 28.07.2021
  • 20:30
  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Spoon and the Forkestra
© Philipp Seliger

Spoon and the Forkestra
  • Pop

  • 30.07.2021
  • 17:00
  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Spoon and the Forkestra
© Philipp Seliger

Spoon and the Forkestra
  • Pop

  • 30.07.2021
  • 20:30
  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Hans Albers Platz
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St. Pauli Rundgang: Matrosen, Rotlicht und Glitzermeile auf der Reeperbahn
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TOYTOY
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TOYTOY
  • Jazz, Blues, Swing & Chanson

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  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit

Steeped in history, excellent and still very much alive - Speicherstadt

A city within the city

A large port requires many warehouses and space for all incoming and outgoing goods. At the beginning of the construction work at the end of the 19th century, no one would have believed that the complex of warehouses, also called warehouses, would become one of the most beautiful places in Hamburg. But the warehouses for Hamburg's free port turned into a real little city within the city, which has been on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites for several years now, along with the Kontorhaus district.

The Speicherstadt World of Experience

You can explore the Speicherstadt, for example, on tours and round trips in launches, and some warehouses are open for viewing or have been converted into museums. The Speicherstadt Museum in a former warehouse is dedicated to the working world in the large warehouses, where the quality of the goods often had to be tested, as well as the trade in coffee and tea. The International Maritime Museum and its extensive collection have found just the right environment in Hamburg's oldest remaining warehouse. The imposing ten-story brick building can be seen from afar. Spicy's Spice Museum and the Burg Coffee Museum, for example, are dedicated to the foodstuffs that were traded via the port of Hamburg. Not only do they show where coffee comes from and how it is roasted, but visitors can also find the differences in taste during tastings. And if you want to see the things that no one should really know have ended up in the port of Hamburg, take a look at the Customs Museum and its collection of smugglers' hideouts.

Former warehouses, today a lively center

In addition to the Speicherstadt, where goods were stored, valued and packed, the Kontorhausviertel, where goods from the port were traded in offices and business premises, was built at the beginning of the 20th century. As the first pure office district in Europe and thanks to its high-quality design, it stands for modern architecture and urban planning. Today it is no longer used purely for business, beautiful stores and exciting gastronomic concepts can also be found there. The Chilehaus stands out in the quarter, if only because of its special appearance: with its pointed shape, it is reminiscent of a ship. Almost 5 million bricks were used for the Chilehaus, so the title of clinker expressionist icon can be given to the building with a clear conscience.

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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS Maritime Culture & UNESCO in Hamburg

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
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Outstanding German civil engineering Alter Elbtunnel

When the old Elbe Tunnel, also called St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel, opened in 1911, it was a technical sensation. Today, it is a nostalgic and lovingly…

Alter Elbtunnel
Museumsschiff Peking
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Experience the history of seafaring Peking

Back to her home port: After decades of absence, the four-masted barque Peking returns to Hamburg. In the port on the Elbe, the Peking is the fourth…

Peking
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A piece of the hamburg harbour panorama Cap San Diego

The White Swan of the South Atlantic - The "Cap San Diego" was built in 1961 as a cargo ship and has been a museum ship with a fixed berth at the…

Cap San Diego
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A ship that has seen the world Museum Ship RICKMER RICKMERS

The museum ship and floating monument Rickmer Rickmers reminds of the times of the great windjammers in Hamburg and is open daily for visitors.

Museum Ship RICKMER RICKMERS
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Picturesque small harbour at the Elbe river Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

The museum harbour Oevelgönne is a wonderful destination for young and old on the Elbe beach. Around 20 classic ships are moored at the Neumühlen…

Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

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including UNESCO World Heritage Site
Maritime Cultural Heritage
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Maritime Cultural Heritage Enjoy culture carefree

  • overnight stay in a Hotel, with breakfast taking into account the hygiene regulations
  • Relaxed on foot: guided tour Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth 28,40€
Maritime Cultural Heritage
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Hafenrundfahrten Hamburg Tickets
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Harbour tours Maritime Experiences

  • Port of Hamburg & Warehouse District
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Harbour tours
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From 15.00€*
Alsterrundfahrt Tickets
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Alster boat trips Hamburg's Blue Centre

  • Sightseeing from the water
  • Different tours
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Alster boat trips
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From 16.50€*

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Shipping & Cruises

Experience the metropolis on the Elbe before or after your cruise or just watch the ships. Be there live and up close when the most amazing cruise ships arrive at Hamburg's cruise terminals.

Shipping & Cruises
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The Landungsbrücken

The Landungsbrücken are Hamburg's floating jetty and starting point for numerous harbour tours and ferries.

The Landungsbrücken
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The Hamburg Fish Market

The fish market and its long tradition belong to Hamburg just like the harbour. Since 1703, you can find anything here you desire.

The Hamburg Fish Market

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