The KulturQuartier Museums and Exhibitions

Where is what in historic warehouse district and HafenCity?

The Guide System

The guide system established in the historic warehouse district comprises eleven panels located along key access routes and in prominent places, providing background information on Hamburg's port district and its attractions. It also clearly shows the locations of the museums and exhibitions   as well as the sectors and names of the institutions and companies whose advertisements are helping to finance the joint public relations activities of the KulturQuartier initiative. The steles have been designed in conjunction with the historic monuments authority and the owner of the historic warehouse district, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft, to match the historical look and feel of district and feature appropriate colors.


The history of the Warehouse District

The historic warehouse district – an industrial world heritage

The "Speicherstadt", as it is known in German, is an internationally unique historic warehouse complex which was constructed at the end of the 19th century in what at the time was the newly developed free port. Elaborately designed warehouses line the customs canals over a distance of two kilometres, linked by many picturesque riveted bridges across. In addition to its original use, this "city within a city" has become home to a large number of different exhibitions and museums. The historic warehouse and counting house district including the "Chilehaus" was named a UNESCO world heritage in July 2015.


1881 Hamburg concludes the Customs Union Treaty with the German Reich which provides for the establishment of a free port in which imported goods can be handled and stored free of duty.
1882 The Senate decides to build the new free-port warehouses on Brook Island to the south of the Altstadt.
1883 Construction of the Speicherstadt begins with the demolition of the baroque half-timbered area on Kehrwieder.
1888 The free port opens on 15 October. The official celebrations take place two weeks later in the presence of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
1898 Two-thirds of the Speicherstadt is completed. Work begins on the eastern construction phase.
1914 The First World War puts a stop to expansion of the Speicherstadt. Blocks Y and Z are never realized.
1943/44 More than 50 per cent of the Speicherstadt is destroyed in air raids during the Second World War.
1967 Rebuilding of the Speicherstadt finishes with the completion of Block T in Alten Wandrahm.
2003 The Speicherstadt and the area of the HafenCity are released from the confines of the free port.
2008 From March 2008, the Speicherstadt and HafenCity comprise the new city district of the HafenCity.
2015 In early July, the historic warehouse and counting house district together with the "Chilehaus" was named a UNESCO world heritage on account of their universal significance.


Hamburg's new city by the waterfront

South of the Speicherstadt, the HafenCity is taking shape, a new city centre district with a lively mix of homes, offices, leisure, shopping and culture. It is always worth a trip to enjoy the free summer program, to watch the ships at the Cruise Terminal, in the Traditional Ship Harbour or on the Elbe. Promenades, cafés and restaurants between the Elbphilharmonie and the Lohsepark are ideal for strolling and dining.


IG Kulturquartier Speicherstadt und HafenCity

Contact: Thomas Hampel
c./o. E&F Edition | Hampel & Hettchen GbR | Lastropsweg 1 | 20255 Hamburg
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Photos: ELBE&FLUT Edition Archiv, Thomas Hampel, Heinz-Joachim Hettchen, IG KulturQuartier Speicherstadt und HafenCity
Film: Perspektive Media
Map: IG KulturQuartier Speicherstadt und HafenCity