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.
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.
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.
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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