Architectural Walking Tour of Hamburg's Warehouse District and HafenCity
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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.
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