Hamburg’s warehouse district, the largest historic warehouse complex in the world

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Category/Kategorie: General, Hamburg, Museums, Exhibitions

© Thomas Wolf - www.foto-tw.de/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Thomas Wolf – www.foto-tw.de/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Speicherstadt (meaning warehouse district) in Hamburg is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations. It is located in the the HafenCity quarter and was built from 1883 to 1927.

The Speicherstadt is located in the port of Hamburg and 1.5 km (0.93 mi) long and pervaded by loading canals. The district was built as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. As of 2009 the district and the surrounding area is under redevelopment.

The old police station and part of the Hanseatic Trade Center © Oliver Nimz/cc-by-2.5 Hamburg Speicherstadt by Oberingenieuer Franz Andreas Meyer in 1888 © Thomas Wolf - www.foto-tw.de/cc-by-sa-3.0
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The old police station and part of the Hanseatic Trade Center © Oliver Nimz/cc-by-2.5
The warehouses were built with different support structures, but Andreas Meyer created a Neo-Gothic red-brick outer layer with little towers, alcoves, and glazed terra cotta ornaments. The warehouses are multi-storey buildings with entrances from water and land. One of the oldest warehouses is the Kaispeicher B of the International Maritime Museum.

The Speicherstadt is a tourist attraction in Hamburg. There are several museums like the Deutsches Zollmuseum (German Customs Museum), Miniatur Wunderland (a model railway), the Hamburg Dungeon, and the Afghan Museum. The buildings are also used as warehouses. As of 2005, the companies in the Speicherstadt handled one-third of the world’s carpet production, and other goods as cocoa, coffee, tea, spices, maritime equipment, and electronic goods.

Read more on Speicherstadt Museum and Wikipedia Warehouse District (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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