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Hamburg Kontorhaus District HarborCity - A foray through UNESCO World Heritage Sites

From the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kontorhausviertel and Speicherstadt to HafenCity, the Landungsbrücken and the Altona fish market. A day through Hamburg on and by the water.
1 1/2 hours on foot
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7.5 km
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Join us on a discovery tour through the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kontorhaus and Warehouse Districts as well as the new HafenCity with the magnificent Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Admire architecturally fascinating buildings and visit interesting museums. Top off your foray with a boat trip along the many canals and enjoy the sights from a completely different perspective on the water.

The Kontorhaus District was one of the most impressive city quarters in the 1920s and 30s. The great cholera epidemic of 1892 was used as an opportunity to tear down old run-down buildings and construct an office district in this area. Fortunately, the area was largely spared from the Allied bombing raids during World War II, so you can admire the buildings in their original state.

The Hamburg Warehouse District is the world's largest historical warehouse complex and was built in three sections between 1883 and 1927 on around 26 hectares in the northern part of the Hamburg free port. It is crossed by canals and is separated from the old town center by the Dat Deep waterway. The eight bridges of Speicherstadt are very popular photo spots.

With a harbor almost the size of Copenhagen, there is no end of things to explore here. The harbor is more than 70km² big and is only one element of the watery terrain of the city. More than 8% of the city’s area is covered in water. 

HafenCity was newly founded in 2008 and is Hamburg's youngest district. This is reflected in the architecture, especially in the Elbphilharmonie. The area is completely surrounded by rivers and canals and is waiting for you to discover it.

And, of course, the tour  includes tips on where to try typical local specialties, because what would Hamburg be without a taste of what the locals enjoy?

With this audio tour we'll accompany you across land and water to bring you closer to what makes Hamburg so fascinating. There are many places of interest to discover and you'll hear all about them on this tour. With the help of our map you'll always know where you are.

You’ll reach all stations of the tour comfortably on foot and by walking it should take about an hour.  However, since you'll surely want to take a closer look at some of the sights, perhaps visit a museum or taste delicious Hamburg specialties, the tour will take longer.

In other words: If you want to discover the Kontorhaus and Warehouse districts as well as the harbor complex without any time pressure, you should take a whole day. Of course, it's up to you to skip any point if you think you don't have the time or aren't interested.  On this tour you are the boss and determine the duration and pace yourself!

By the way: An increasingly popular alternative for getting around is the e-scooter. Not only can you get around quickly and comfortably, but you're also guaranteed to have a lot of fun while riding. It's best to borrow an e-scooter for longer distances, your feet will thank you. Billing is done by the minute. If you want to ride the scooter a lot, it's worth buying a day ticket, which will allow you to ride much cheaper.

This tour also can be done by bike, which can be easily rented. The city is quite bike-friendly and there are stations everywhere for renting and dropping off. The daily or hourly rental prices are reasonable.

Are you ready for an unforgettable day in Hamburg? Great, let’s go!

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