Posts from the ‘UNESCO World Heritage’ category

Weimar UNESCO WHS: Bauhaus Old and New

Sprinkenhof, Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,

Hamburg’s new UNESCO World Heritage Sites

On 5 July 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee awarded new UNESCO World Heritage Site status to two historical districts in the north German port city of Hamburg: Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) and the Kontorhausviertel (Office District).

DW News:

The decision to make the “Speicherstadt” and the adjacent “Kontorhausviertel” World Heritage Sites came at a meeting of the United Nations organization in the German city of Bonn.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee justified its choice by calling the sites a unique symbol of the rapid international growth of trade in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The “Speicherstadt,” constructed between 1885 and 1927, is considered to be the largest uniform collection of warehouses in the world. The “Kontorhausviertel” contains office buildings from the early 20th century, and is regarded as the first office-only district in Europe.

UNESCO World Heritage announcement:

Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany) — Speicherstadt and the adjacent Kontorhaus district are two densely built urban areas in the centre of the port city of Hamburg.

Speicherstadt, originally developed on a group of narrow islands in the Elbe River between 1885 and 1927, was partly rebuilt from 1949 to 1967. It is one of the largest coherent historic ensembles of port warehouses in the world (300,000 m2). It includes 15 very large warehouse blocks as well as six ancillary buildings and a connecting network of short canals.

Adjacent to the modernist Chilehaus office building, the Kontorhaus district is an area of over five hectares featuring six very large office complexes built from the 1920s to the 1940s to house port-related businesses. The complex exemplifies the effects of the rapid growth in international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Wandbereiterbrücke (Wandbereiter Bridge), Wandrahmsfleet canal, Speicherstadt, UNESCO World Heritage, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,

Wandbereiter Bridge over Wandrahmsfleet canal, Speicherstadt (HL)

Hamburg Port Authority, Jungfernbruecke, Zollkanal, Speicherstadt, UNESCO World Heritage, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,

Hamburg Port Authority, Speicherstadt (HL)

Chilehaus, Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO World Heritage, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,
Chilehaus, Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,

Chilehaus, Kontorhausviertel (HL)

How to Reach

Both are easily accessible with public transport: Hamburg’s HVV transport authority

•   Kontorhausviertel : U1 to Messberg or Steinstrasse station
•   Speicherstadt : U1 to Messberg station, U3 to Baumwall station, or U4 to Überseequartier station; bus 111 or bus M6

More on Hamburg

•   Germany’s urban G-E-M-S: Hamburg
•   An idyllic summer in Hamburg

With the Canon 450D (XSi) camera and the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS kit-lens, I made the photos above in 2010 and 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Fotoeins Friday: Hamburg Speicherstadt, new UNESCO WHS

Fotoeins Friday: 6 July, 600th year of Jan Hus’ martyrdom

GTM15, Weimarer Markt, Markt, Weimar, Thüringen, Germany,

Weimar: an instant walk through the UNESCO town

Like Erfurt, Weimar is located near the geographic centre of Germany. It’s a small town with over 60000 people, but what it lacks in size is surely made up in history and the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city hosts multiple sites in two separate categories:

•   “Classical Weimar”, including the Anna Amalia Library and the Rococo Hall, and
•   “Bauhaus Sites”, including the Bauhaus University.

Erfurt, Weimar, and the state of Thuringia were hosts for Germany Travel Mart 2015 (GTM15), the annual meeting and workshop by the Germany National Tourism Board. Visiting the “heart of Germany” fulfilled my desire to spend time in the former East Germany. Many overlook Thuringia and the middle of Germany on their way elsewhere, but the following shots provide reasons why you should consider stop and embrace one of the “centres of classic and modern Germany.”

"Ode to the fallen east" Soviet Soldiers' Memorial, Park on the Ilm River, Weimar, Germany – 30 Apr 2015.

A photo posted by Henry Lee (@fotoeins) on

Goethe and Schiller gaze over the Trödelmarkt (flea market) at Weimar's Theater Square – 1 May 2015.

A photo posted by Henry Lee (@fotoeins) on customI’m very grateful to Germany Tourism, Thüringen Tourismus, and Weimar Tourism for supporting and providing access to places and activities as a guest to the city.
Sunday TravelerI made the above photos between 27 April and 1 May 2015. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as, and is part of the Sunday Traveler series.

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