Architectural Walking Tour of Hamburg's Warehouse District and HafenCity
- Private tour: See the most exciting architectural marvels of Hamburg. Your guide will give you personalized attention, and even show you places that you suggest.
- Speicherstadt: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest warehouse district in the world that stands on timber-pile foundations. Check out the Prototype Car Museum, Maritime Museum, Wandrahmsteg Bridge, Chilehaus, Messeberghof, Deichtorcenter, and Deichtorhallen.
- HafenCity: This urban development includes the Elbtorquartier and its university, Uberseequartier's cruise terminal, the new Spiegel publishing house, the Unilever building with the Marco-Polo Tower, and Magellan Terraces.
About this Hamburg Tour
Hamburg, the second-biggest port in Europe, is known as the Gateway to the World. And Speicherstadt, its warehouse district founded in the late 19th century, was an important part of its economy because it was designed to transport goods without having to pay customs. Now the new HafenCity complex, located on the Elberiver islands, is adding to the city's economy in a different way, by creating a whole new way of urban living.
On this tour, you'll start at the Wandrahmsteg, a pedestrian bridge that offers incredible views of Hamburg's architecture like the most noteworthy classic building, the Chilehouse. Built in the 1920s and filled with sharp angles, it is an excellent example of Brick Expressionism, with bricks acting almost as sculpture in giving architectural character. And one of the last remaining paternosters (old-style elevators that work in a loop) is in the building. Check out the stunning spiral staircase in Messberghof, an office building also built in the 1920s.
The two industrial architecture buildings of the Deichtorhallen, one of Europe's largest contemporary art exhibition centers, date from 1911-13. The modern Deichtorhallen is like something out of geometry class. The high-tech location is shaped like a triangle andhas both glass and mirrors. Much of the rest of the Speicherstadt warehouse district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is built on foundations made of oak logs. And many of the warehouses are still used to hold goods even today.
HafenCity is one of Europe's most ambitious redevelopment projects. Over the next 20 years, it is set to expand downtown Hamburg by 40 percent. The Spiegel Group publishing house has a fabulous new building there. So does Unilever, with its innovative Marco Polo Tower. You'll see where people live, work, and how they go to school, like at HafenCity University. Your tour ends at the Magellan Terraces, by the port. A fitting ending to the day for a city where the port is so much part of its identity.
Where's the beef?
Yes, hamburgers get their name from the city of Hamburg. And citizens of the city are also called hamburgers. With a smoky taste and breadcrumbs and onions mixed in, the original hamburgers were a little different than what we're used to today. Plus, they were served on a plate, not in a bun. Now the Americanized hamburger is sold in Hamburg. Only it's not called a hamburger in the city. It's known as Frikadelleror Bulette. Either way, it's still a tasty mouthful.
Please your own way to U1 Messberg Exit Deichtorhallen in the direction of Wandrahmsteg (NOT: Speicherstadt/HafenCity). Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Take a rain coat and/or umbrella in case of rain. Don't miss out on tasting the original Hamburg beer "Astra" and an original "Krabbenbrotchen" (shrimp-gem). Hamburg is famous for its local shops but you can also find a lot of global brands (shopping is possible before/after tour and not during the tour).
Traveler must be able to walk approximately 1.8 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved streets, steps and inclines with photo stops along the route. Tour is not accessible for wheelchair-confined travelers.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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