Hamburg is not only the second biggest city in Germany, it’s also one of the most affluent and interesting cities in all of Europe. The “Hansestadt” at the River Elbe boasts a beautiful old town, with an exciting contrast of architecture and an incredibly vibrant and diverse cultural scene. Hire a car in Hamburgand discover some of the historical gems it has to offer.
Speicherstadt literally translates to “city of warehouses” and is part of Hamburg’s more recent history, as it was built between 1883 and 1927. The huge district is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and currently stands as the largest warehouse district in the world. The multi-storey, red-brick buildings are embellished with towers and terra cotta ornaments.
Cremon is a street in the old town of Hamburg. It used to be a marsh island in the River Alster but in 1246 it was absorbed into the city. Many merchants used to live here and you can still find the last of the old historic warehouses of the 18th and early 19th century at Cremon 33 - 36.
The “Krameramtsstuben” are the last remaining half-timber houses that show how the people of Hamburg used to live in the 17th century. They’re located in the shadow of St. Michael's Church and today the buildings and their narrow alleys are home to some small shops, restaurants and galleries. One of the flats has been kept in its original state and is used as a museum.
Hamburg can look back on an impressive maritime history, so while exploring the city, visit the Museumshafen Oevelgönne and climb aboard some amazing vintage ships.
Take your time when you’re exploring some of the historical highlights of Hamburg and, if you can, venture outside of the city centre as well to find more cultural hotspots.