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Top 5 things to do in Hamburg's warehouse district

At the Speicherstadt, Hamburg's historic red brick warehouses hover above the water on stilts. It's one of the city's best places just to wander around and explore, but if you're looking for a little more than that, try checking out some of these highlights!

Discover Hamburg's hottest attraction

Discover Hamburg's hottest attraction

Spices are one of Hamburg's major imports and the short, sweet, and slightly odd Spicy's Gewürzmuseum provides about as multisensory a learning experience as it's possible to have!

Have coffee at the district coffee roastery

Have coffee at the district coffee roastery

Coffee is another key import into the harbor. In one of the port's gorgeous red brick buildings, the Kafferösterei serves the best coffee in town – and cakes to match!

Tour the floating museums
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Tour the floating museums

The Speicherstadt is home to two museum ships! The Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego are both prime examples of shipping vessels from their eras (1890's and 1960's respectively).

See the largest model railway in the world

See the largest model railway in the world

The model railway may well be an attraction in its own right, but Miniatur Wunderland boasts all of Hamburg's sights under one roof, as well as a few from around the world!

Visit the Zollmuseum
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Visit the Zollmuseum

Or the German Customs Museum to you and me. If that doesn't sound interesting, consider all the dangerous smuggling, corruption, and diplomacy illustrated in its numerous exhibits!

Our insider tips

When to visit?

All the aforementioned museums are open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, except the Cap San Diego, which is open until 6:00PM. Ticket prices are reasonable, but book a tour on top to enhance the experience! Oh, and be sure to check the weather forecast in advance, because Hamburg can get pretty wet even when it's hot!

How to get there?

There are no U-Bahn stations in Speicherstadt itself, but it's only a minute or so by foot from the stops Baumwall (U3) and Meßberg (U1).

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 5:00PM, except the Cap San Diego, open until 6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Ticket prices vary by attraction but are reasonably priced.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the U3 to Baumwall, or the U1 to Meßberg, and it's a very short walk to Speicherstadt.
  • Additional information
    ** Make sure to bring an umbrella or light rain jacket!*

What people are saying about Speicherstadt

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 11,976 reviews

Excellent river boat cruise in the sunshine

If you're going to Hamburg and the weather is good, I'd recommend that you go on a river boat cruise. You get to see and learn about other parts of Hamburg that you wouldn't necessarily know about or see. The audio guide was in English which is handy if you cannot speak German!

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise Reviewed by

Even though the tour was in German I gleaned a great deal.

Close up of operating dry docks, gliding down the canals, beer flowing from the bar - what’s not to like. If only it were in English! Weather permitting, try to sit outside. The information for the meeting point was not correct. We could have missed the tour.

Excellent...even without understanding the commentary

Fabulous tour of the canals and port. A rare opportunity to see the port working. The highlight of our quick trip through Hamburg. The live guide is in german so we did not understand but unlike most tours you could hear him clearly from outside. We were given a guide pamphlet in english. Highly recommended.

Fascinating tour showing off the diversity of the harbour.

It was fascinating to see the wide range of activity around the harbour from the canal & warehouses to the container and cruise ships. Very clear and humorous commentary in English.

Traditional Harbor Tour in Hamburg Reviewed by

Informative about historical and architecture background

Our guide Sybille was awesome. She was so much motivated and had profound and detailed knowledge about HH Hafencity and the Elbphilharmonie. That went from history to architecture and social aspects of the area. I recommend the tour.

Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour Reviewed by

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