Where once mountains of coffee, cocoa or tea were stored, today studios, offices and museums can be found in the historic walls - the Speicherstadt is particularly beautiful to explore on a barge trip.

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Multistory buildings in the style of brick Gothic with gables and turrets reflected in the canals - these are the character actors of Speicherstadt, one of Hamburg's landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The huge red warehouses were built starting in 1883 and have been listed as historic monuments since 1991. The buildings rest on massive pine piles between the Fleeten (canals) that crisscross this area of the Port of Hamburg. Depending on the water level, they can be navigated by small launches that pass under the many low bridges (of which has Hamburg more than Amsterdam or Venice) - most tours start at the Landungsbrücken. The warehouses once stored merchandise from all over the world, and are still used today by carpet dealers, for example. But studios, advertising agencies, restaurants and museums are also located here, such as the Speicherstadt Museum or Spicy's, which depicts the world of spices. Especially beautiful: At night, many of the buildings are lovingly illuminated.

The special tip: Want a contrasting program? Then we recommend a stroll to the avant-garde Elbphilharmonie and to HafenCity with its modern architecture right next door.

You can find more information about Hamburg here: The metropolis in the north

Good connection by train: The Meßberg and Baumwall stations are just a few minutes by subway from Hamburg's main train station, from where you can quickly reach the Speicherstadt on foot.

By the way, you can find tips on how to travel comfortably and inexpensively on long-distance and local trains with Deutsche Bahn here.