HAMBURG: Warehouse City

Hamburg’s Warehouse City (Speicherstadt) is the largest contiguous warehouse district in the world. The structures that survived WWII, built on the water on timber-pile foundations, are regarded as outstanding examples of industrial Neo-Gothic architecture.

Red brick is the face of Warehouse City, which was placed on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 2015.
The classic facades of warehouses built on canals to facilitate loading and unloading of ships.
Between these two rows of warehouses sits the picturesque Water Castle (Wasserschloss), which houses a tea “counting house” (Teekontor) shop and a restaurant.
We took a seat at a table on the terrace at this end of the Wasserschloss.
Alas, the red carpet was not for us. We were asked to leave the restaurant because it was being readied for a wedding reception. The couple exiting came out of the tea shop door to the right of the carpet.
The most important church in Warehouse City is massive St. Katherine’s, where incidentally, a wedding was taking place.
Hamburg also is a center of German publishing. These twin towers are the headquarters of Der Spiegel (The Mirror), the largest-circulation weekly news magazine in the country.

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