On our recent whirlwind trip to Hamburg, we tried to squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible. Since we only had 2 full days there, we only cracked the surface of stuff to do and see in the city.
Here are some of my personal sightseeing recommendations in Hamburg, the ‘Door to the World’.
Sightseeing in Hamburg
The beautiful brick Speicherstadt (‘City of Warehouses’ in German) is the largest warehouse district in the world. It was built between 1883 and 1927 and is located in the port of Hamburg in HafenCity. The Speicherstadt was built as a custom-free zone to transfer goods like spices, coffee, tea, cocoa and more. Today, the Speicherstadt is no longer used for storing goods but is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to being one of the largest groups of port warehouses in the world. Several museums have now taken up residence inside the Speicherstadt warehouses, including Miniatur Wunderland, the German Customs Museums, and the Hamburg Dungeon.
HafenCity is a quarter of Hamburg located on the Elbe river islands. It’s the site of one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Europe. Old port warehouses are gradually being replaced by hotels, universities, office buildings, residence buildings and shops. The project is expected to be completed sometime between 2020 and 2030. HafenCity is also the site of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, the much anticipated (and hugely overbudget) new Hamburg landmark due to open in 2016/2017.