|Hamburg - Top Attractions
Known as the ‘Speicherstadt’ in German, the world’s
oldest warehouse complex, built of red brick with gables and turrets,
is a famous tourist attraction with an open-air theater.
This historic section of the Free Port between the Deichtorhallen
and Baumwall also features a spice museum, a miniature exhibition,
and an Old Russian submarine open for exploration.
Another attraction is the 'Hamburg Dungeon', an interactive experience
highlighting the more unpleasant and gruesome aspects of the city’s
history. The Speicherstadt is light up at night, creating a captivating
spectacle, particularly viewed from a boat on a harbour night.
Once a crowded fishing village walked around by retired ship captains,
this old-fashioned destination on the steep Elbe hillside, today,
is a popular hang out place for the locals at weekends.
Visitors flock to the narrow pathways and streets between scenic
houses packed together on the cliff side. The village offers a plenty
of cafes and restaurants where visitors can relax and watch ships
steaming in and out of the harbour.
There is a ferry service to Blankenese from St Pauli-Landungsbrucken
in Hamburg’s Free Port for visitors who would like to discover
the charming village.
Home to the Hamburg Senate and the Hamburg City Council, the Town
Hall draws the visitor's attention. The building contains 647 exquisitely
decorated rooms exceeding the number at Buckingham Palace in London.
At the back of the Town Hall, on the Adolphsplatz, visitors can
have a look at the oldest stock market in Germany, Borse Stock Exchange
ground, founded in 1558.
The original building was burnt down in 1842 along with its many
depots and office buildings.
Today, the place is littered with many restaurants and cafes serving
delightful snacks and drinks.
The most prestigious "Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte"
exhibits the history of Hamburg. On display there are: scale models
of ships, and numerous artifacts, maps and explanations about the
history of the city itself.
Visitors can plan a trip to the museum and learn the past and the
rich history of the city.
The historical Emigration Office is located here also. It has lists
with names of all those who emigrated from here to the United States
between 1850 and 1914.
de Alster Lake
The 800m long de Alster Lake, is not a lake but rather a tributary
river of the Elbe. This entire area is a free port, which covers
an area of 16 km². The free zone allows traders to swap products
without having to declare them at the customs.
A boat ride across the river allows one to see in the best possible
way the "Speicherstadt," the city of the trade depots.
Here stands also the Alsterpavillon, a famous café that was
founded in 1799 by a French immigrant. People of all ranks and classes
meet here. The next-door Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is rather more