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

Hamburg UNESCO WHS: Chilehaus in the Kontorhausviertel

On 5 July 2015, UNESCO awarded World Heritage status to two sites in Hamburg: the Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) and the Kontorhausviertel (Office Building District). In the latter are two important brick buildings: Chilehaus and the Sprinkenhof, representative of the construction in the late 19th- and early 20th-century.

The Chilehaus was built by Fritz Höger for client Henry Sloman from 1922 to 1924 in the Kontorhausviertel as a prime example of German expressionist architecture using hard-fired brick. Höger undertook the project for Hamburg merchant and banker Sloman who made his fortune in importing nitrates from Chile. Built entirely to serve and complement the functions of the warehouses in neighbouring Speicherstadt, the Kontorhausviertel was the first dedicated office- and commercial-district on the European continent.

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


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


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

Chilehaus, northwest corner: Niedernstrasse at Depenau

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

Chilehaus, southwest corner: Pumpen at Messberg

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

Chilehaus, east ‘prow’: Burchardstrasse

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

Chilehaus, up the ‘prow’

Kontorhausviertel at night, Chilehaus, Sprinkenhof, UNESCO, World Heritage, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,

Kontorhausviertel at night (on Burchardstrasse)

(Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for an explanation of the map symbols.)

I made the photos above on 26 June 2010 and 3 December 2015. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as

Hamburg: Miniatur Wunderland, where tiny rules large

Above/featured: Miniature Hamburg with Heinrich Hertz tower at left, and Dammtor station at lower-centre.

Our family couldn’t afford the purchase of (or the space for) miniature railway sets. Christmas was a special time and with my nose pressed against shop windows, I’d dream of the world of the railroad set.

Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland is big on wonder, has plenty of extensive miniature sets, and does not skimp on discoveries for people of all ages. Very little on the outside tells anybody passing by that there’s another world inside. Many aren’t fooled nor are they turned away. Miniature Wonderland was voted the most popular of 100 attractions in Germany in 2016, after 40-thousand international visitors were polled by the German National Tourist Board.

Built from 1883 to 1927, Hamburg’s Speicherstadt or Warehouse District was an important place in an increasingly busy port for the storage of dry goods from around the world. The Miniature Wonderland museum opened in the building called Block D on 16 August 2001. The historical Speicherstadt was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.

Miniatur Wunderland, MiWuLa, Miniature Wonderland, Speicherstadt, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Welterbe, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,

Modelleisenbahn Wunderland (model railway wonderland); Block D, from street-level at Kehrwieder 2-4.

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Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany,

Hamburg: Miniature Wonderland’s Christmas eggs

Above/featured: “Stranded.”

Since 2001, Miniatur Wunderland has been delighting children of all ages in the northern German city of Hamburg with the world’s largest miniature railway set, attracting a total of 12 million visitors so far. After many visits to the city over the last decade, I’ve somehow managed to stay away, but it’s finally high time curiosity wins the day.

The Urban Dictionary describes “easter eggs” as: “hidden items placed in a movie, television show, or otherwise visual media for close watchers”; see also here. Plenty of details in the form of “easter eggs” await visitors at various sections in the museum. With a few shorts weeks before Christmas, the designers have cleverly inserted many Santa Claus and other Christmas- or winter-related figures throughout the entire venue.

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

My Hamburg: Speicherstadt & Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO WHS

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).

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Binnenalster, Hamburg, Germany,

My Hamburg: idyllic summer memories

June is an exceptional time of year to visit the north German city of Hamburg, as these urban G-E-M-S provide additional examples for the “Hansestadt” city.

It’s late June, and Sunday is relatively quiet in the city. Early summer days bring out the best in beautiful sunshine and the beautiful people.

At a latitude of 53 degrees North, 17 hours of daylight in late-June are accompanied by clear blue skies and warm temperatures. There’s lots to do in these summer conditions, including:

  • Hop on a ferry on the Elbe river to see the activity around the Port of Hamburg
  • Walk along the canals or the “Fleets” (in German)
  • Take in an art exhibition at one of the museums along the Kunstmeile (Art Mile) Hamburg
  • Ride a boat through the Fleets, the Speicherstadt (warehouse district), or through the Alster lakes
  • Stop for a drink or a bite to eat in the busy and cozy Sternschanze neighborhood (in German)

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Hamburg: sunset at Sandtorhafen

Sunset over Speicherstadt (click me)

Sandtorhafen, Speicherstadt : Hamburg, Germany.

Speicherstadt, Hamburg

Both photos above were made on 2 October 2011 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens, and camera settings 1/200s (roughly), f/5.6, ISO100, 300mm focal length. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Hamburg Elbtunnel: 100 years (2011)

The Elbtunnel in Hamburg, Germany marked its 100th year of service in 2011.

The first tunnel in Hamburg under the river Elbe opened for service to the public on the 7th of September 1911 after four years of construction. The Old Elbe Tunnel or St. Pauli (Alter) Elbtunnel carried pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages, and vehicular traffic between St. Pauli/Altona on the north shore to the docks and Steininwerder shipyards on the south shore.

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Description & signage.

Unlike tunnels today, there were no “ramps” leading down to the tunnel; the way down to the tunnel was with stairs or an elevator (lift).

Today, the four lifts on each side of the tunnel continue to carry traffic from the surface to the tunnel 23.5 metres (77 feet) below. Motorized traffic can still use this tunnel but only within restricted hours, whereas pedestrians and bicyclists can freely use the tunnel 24 hours. But for all alike, there’s a nice half-kilometre jaunt (about a third of a mile) through this classic tunnel underneath the Elbe river.

1 carlift Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
4 carlifts Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

(One of) four car elevators or lifts.

Daytime Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
Nighttime Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Day & night.

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Down in the Alter Elbtunnel.

North entrance building Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
North entrance building Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Back up to ground level at the Nordeingang (North Entrance).

To handle the high volume of traffic through Hamburg, other crossings have been built to handle most of the capacity. A second three-bore six-lane tunnel was completed and opened in 1975 for the (Bundes)Autobahn 7 (A7, or Federal Highway 7) through the city. The New or Neuer Elbtunnel was further expanded in 2002 with a fourth-bore (two additional lanes) to account for ever-increasing traffic, especially because the A7 is an important “motorway spine” through Germany. From Hamburg, the A7 runs north to Flensburg at the German-Danish border, and south across the length of the country to Füssen at the German-Austrian border.

The Deutsche Welle online Media Center has a slide-show (in German) about the history of the Elbtunnel. Additional “then and now” photos of the Old Elbtunnel are also available (in German) on the Handelsblatt website and on

I made the photos on 26 and 27 June 2011. This post was originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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