Warehouse Home & Away: Hamburg
Hamburg is home to the largest warehouse district in the world. Built between 1883 and 1928, the Speicherstadt, meaning “city of warehouses”, is located in the port of Hamburg and stretches for almost a mile along a network of canals. Neo-Gothic red brick warehouses tower over the waterways and humpbacked bridges, many of them still used to store goods such as cocoa, coffee, tea and aromatic spices. Keen to visit the Speicherstadt, we took a trip to Hamburg and found there was much to admire in Germany’s second city.
This feature was taken from Warehouse Home Issue 2. Enjoy the publication in full here.
Where To Stay: 25hours Hotel HafenCity
Within a short walk of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s International Maritime Museum and the historic warehouses of the Speicherstadt, 25hours Hotel HafenCity is an ideal place to drop anchor. The hotel’s proximity to the harbour inspired much of its decor and the relaxed seaman’s club ambience. From the moment guests arrive at the reception desk, constructed from plywood packing crates, the modern maritime details are evident. In the cosy “cabins”, the wallpaper depicts colourful tales from life at sea and the minibar and desk are housed within a steamer trunk, complete with log book. Borrow the hotel’s bikes to explore the area. Afterwards enjoy the panoramic views of Hamburg from the rooftop Hafen sauna, housed in a decommissioned shipping container. After two nights on board at 25hours Hotel, we certainly left feeling ship shape.
Where To Drink: Altes Mädchen
Situated on the appropriately named Lagerstraße, Altes Mädchen serves over 60 different craft beers from around the world, in addition to the house Ratsherrn brews. Which is probably reason enough to visit. But beside the excellent food and drink, the brewpub’s atmospheric setting, in a lofty 19th century animal market, also explains its popularity with locals and visitors alike. Be sure to arrive early to secure a coveted seat at the central bar or sit outside on a sunny evening in the bustling beer garden.
Where To Eat + Shop: The Box
Hamburg is replete with design shops and trendy stores. But one of our favourite finds was The Box. An eclectic destination for “furniture and other good things”, The Box is set within a listing building in the redeveloped 19th century Borselhof factory. The striking industrial space is filled with high-end design temptations, quirky curiosities and original vintage furniture. A bookstore, two galleries and a buzzy little cafe / bar hosting live music and readings offer further opportunity to stay a little longer.
Where To Shop: LYS Vintage
Hamburg’s close proximity to Scandinavia is particularly evident in the excellent design shop LYS Vintage. Lys, meaning light, displays vintage originals and re-issues from the 1950s and 1960s alongside contemporary designers, both Nordic and international. Among our favourite brands, Gubi, Hay and Ferm Living’s latest collections are displayed in a gallery-like experience. This is certainly a shop to linger in. We found it hard to leave.
Where To Visit: Elbphilharmonie
The regeneration of HafenCity is currently Europe’s largest inner city development project. Among the internationally renowned architects involved in the redevelopment of Hamburg’s HafenCity, it is Herzog & De Meuron’s project that is the most widely anticipated. Standing beacon-like at the entrance to Hamburg’s harbour, Elbphilharmonie is a landmark of significant civic pride. Due for completion in 2017, even unfinished this remarkable structure is certainly worth a visit. The sheer scale of the former warehouse and its colossal iceberg like rooftop extension immediately impresses. However long you stay in Hamburg, make time to marvel at this incredible architectural feat.
This feature was taken from the Issue Two of Warehouse Home. To enjoy the publication in full click here or in the reader below.
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