Sometimes I think the reason I fell so hard in love with Hamburg is because it reminds me so much of Boston. And nothing recalls Boston so much as the bricked façades and minty patina of copper of the Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s “City of Warehouses”.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings “float” on wooded foundations. It’s the home of Hamburg’s old port workings; historically, these warehouses stored coffee, tea, tobacco, spices, and in more modern times, oriental carpets. Nowadays it is home mostly to museums, galleries, and the occasional advertising agency (mine included). I spend most of my lunch breaks wandering through the red and black maze, eyeing all of the intricate detailing and brickwork. Here are some shots of my favorites.