Warehouse District Museum (Speicherstadtmuseum)
Warehouse District Museum (Speicherstadtmuseum)

Warehouse District Museum (Speicherstadtmuseum)

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Am Sandtorkai 36, Hamburg, 20457

The basics

Hamburg has been a pivotal port for global and European trade for centuries, and the grandeur of the Speicherstadt speaks to that prominence. Inside the museum, you’ll explore the tools tradespeople used, the goods they imported, and the history of the coffee, cocoa, tobacco, and rubber trades. (Not to mention, you’ll get feet on the ground of a beautiful 19th-century warehouse and world-class UNESCO site.)

With its foodie connections, the museum holds occasional coffee and tea tastings—there’s also an onsite cafe for snacks and drinks. Most visitors will explore at their pace, though guided tours are available upon advanced request.

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Things to know before you go

  • Not all information will have English translation, but you’ll get the gist through real-life objects and hands-on demos.
  • Tours ranging from 1-2 hours are available on request—contact the team in advance to arrange.
  • Admission is free with the Hamburg CARD.
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How to get there

Baumwall (U3) is the closest tube station—from there, it’s a 5-minute walk to the museum. You’ll find it in the very first red-brick warehouse of Block L on the left-hand side. Alternatively, bus stops Am Sandtorkai (Metrobus 6) and Am Kaiserkai (Bus 111) also work. If you’re traveling by personal vehicle, you can park in front of the museum on weekends or in car parks on weekdays.

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When to get there

The Warehouse District Museum is open year-round, every day of the week (with slightly expanded hours from March to October). It’s usually busiest around noon—come earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the biggest crowds. You might also want to time your visit with a coffee or tea tasting.

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Technically, it floats

In 1881, only the area along the River Elbe was exempt from certain taxes. The city tore down more than 1,000 houses to take advantage of this loophole—the Speicherstadt is built on thousands of oak pilings; canals crisscross the district and are flooded according to the tides to allow travel. In other words, the city went to a lot of work to make money.

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