Our tour of the UNESCO worldheritage sights leads us through the historic warehouse district „Speicherstadt“ to the business district Kontorhausviertel
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We walk over the canal that formerly separated the city of Hamburg and the free port area and learn about Hamburg's status as a free port city that lasted over 800 years. The world’s largest historic warehouse complex built on wodden piles was built for storing high-value goods, such as tee, coffee tobacco and spices. Smell freshly roasted coffee during our 2 hour walking tour. We enjoy the charm of the canals which run between the gothic red brick warehouses and learn about the different occupations that were needed to operate this dense district and its trade. How has time changed things here? How are the buildings being used today? Are goods from exotic places still being stored here? How did the age of container ships influence this area?
Walk over the time line and have a glimpse into the 21 century modern world of HafenCity (name of this quarter). Hamburg's most ambitious architectural project.
Another district designated as world heritage site Kontorhausviertel – a district with just office buildings all made from red brick. Red-brick expressionism is the keyword for the design of these houses. The most famous building is "Chilehaus" which resembles a ship's bow. It is the most significant artistic and architectural achievement of German Brick Expressionism". Fritz Höger was a well known Hamburg architect and was responsable for a lot of impressive red-brick buildings. He really influenced brick architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Northern Europe. Inbetween the office quarter there is a market place called Burchardplatz. On thuesdays you can enjoy fresh food from the countryside on this market. Other impressive buildings in this area such as Sprinckenhof which is the biggest of the red brick buildings, Montanhof which was called „typewriter“. You will understand what we mean, when we are infront of this building. The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has approved Hamburg’s application for the “Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus” to be included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The decision was made at the 39th Committee meeting, which was held in Bonn, Germany.
Keep in mind that the weather in Hamburg can change on a dime. Wear adequate clothing. We also offer this guided walk for groups at individual times, or different languages.
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Underground station U3, Baumwall, Exit Kehrwiederspitze, in front of the kiosk
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