The 26 hectare Speicherstadt is the world's largest historic warehouse complex. Construction of the Speicherstadt began in 1883. The architecture is common for Hamburg with its classic bright red bricks which you can see all over the city.
During the Second World War, about half of the buildings were destroyed by air raids. The almost completely destroyed area of the Kehrwiedersteg was not rebuilt, the Hanseatic Trade Center was built there instead in 1994.
In 2015 Speicherstadt was included in the list of World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The district has many of Hamburg’s museums, for example Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg Dungeon and Elbe Philharmonic Hall.
Given that Hamburg has the most bridges in the whole of Europe, this area has many of them, with 14 of them protected due to their historical significance. Couples bring padlocks here to fasten them onto one of the bridges. In the evening this area is perfect for summer night walks with beautiful sunset views wherever you go and it is one of the most photographed spots in Hamburg.