The KulturQuartier Museums and Exhibitions

Automuseum Prototyp

At motor museum Prototyp you will experience the fascination of German racing sport history. Around 45 unique racing cars and prototypes take you to the racetracks of the early post-war period. An accessible audio box, the Porsche 356 driving simulator, films and digitized photo albums allow you to experience racing sport at first hand. Café Erlkönig, event areas and a gallery are also available to visitors on three different levels.

Shanghaiallee 7, 20457 Hamburg
Tel. 040-39 99 69 70
Tue–Sun 10am–6pm

Cap San Diego Hamburg

The largest seaworthy museum cargo ship in the world! Experience and discover 160 metros of shipping history and embark on a long voyage with the English booklet. Stop for a break in the “Bord-Bistro” and stay the night on, instead of by, the Elbe river in one of our passenger cabins. Or even set sail with us! Experience the ship while she’s going full ahead and enjoy her technical equipment. The Cap San Diego Crew will be delighted in your visit.

Berth Überseebrücke, 20459 Hamburg
Tel. 040-36 42 09
Open daily 10am–6pm
English booklet available

Deutsches Zollmuseum

The Deutsches Zollmuseum is located in the historical custom office at Kornhausbrücke. The history of customs from the early beginning to the present is depicted in the museum: certificates and contracts, hiding places and smuggled goods, uniforms and even a customs cutter are waiting to be discovered. A real-life, comprehensive exhibition of the work performed by customs, with around 1,000 exhibits on 800 sq.m.

Alter Wandrahm 16, 20457 Hamburg
Tel. 040-30 08 76-11
Tue–Sun 10am–5pm

Dialog im Dunkeln® and Dialog im Stillen®

DIALOG IM DUNKELN® – Moving beyond sight. Embark on a journey into total darkness. You learn the experience of everyday situations in life, without your sense of sight. DIALOG IM STILLEN® – Moving beyond speech. The visitors dive into the world of the deaf. Learn to listen with your eyes, speak with your hands and nonverbal communication.

Alter Wandrahm 4, 20457 Hamburg
Tel. 040-309 63 40
Tue–Fri 9am–6pm,
Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 10am–5pm

HafenCity InfoCenter in Kesselhaus

Once the Kesselhaus (former boiler house) generated energy for the Speicherstadt; today it’s the information centre for Hamburg’s most famous urban development project, HafenCity. Have a look at the model of the growing city district layout and find out how far its realization has progressed – or just enjoy some culinary delights in our café overlooking the canal.

Am Sandtorkai 30, Kesselhaus, 20457 Hamburg
Tel. 040-36 90 17 99
Tue–Sun 10am–6pm, May–Sept Thu till 8pm
Admission free, Tours on request

Hamburg Dungeon

Your journey back into Hamburg’s history starts in the elevator of doom. Off we go … downwards! During the course of a 100-minute tour, you escape the Great Hamburg Fire of 1842, get hanged in the Thirty Years’ War, and then – with Pirate Klaus Störtebeker – are beheaded! This is an entertaining show with actors, rides and special effects for adults and children aged 10 or over.

Kehrwieder 2, Block D, 20457 Hamburg,
Tel. 01806-66 69 01 40
(0,20 €/min German landline)
actual opening hours at the internet:

Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg

Where Hamburg‘s maritime heart beats: wind and waves, explorers and pirates. More than 40,000 miniature models, a treasure-trove of ships in gold and silver and the QUEEN MARY 2 made up of a million Lego bricks. Accommodated in Hamburg’s oldest, still preserved warehouse, the Maritime Museum presents 3,000 years of maritime history. Particularly popular: the high-tech ships’ simulator.

Kaispeicher B
Koreastraße 1, 20457 Hamburg
Tel. 040-30 09 23 00
Tue–Sun 10am–6pm

Miniatur Wunderland Model Railway

Miniatur Wunderland is the visitor magnet of the Speicherstadt. 12,500,000 visitors have already seen the largest model railway exhibition in the world – 1,300 sq.m. of model world superlatives. From Scandinavia, via Las Vegas and Hamburg, to the miniature airport covering 150 sq.m. – eight unique theme worlds have been constructed in over 600,000 working hours.

Kehrwieder 2, Block D, 20457 Hamburg,
Tel. 040-300 68 00
Open daily, 9:30am–6pm, Tue till 9pm Fri till 7pm,
Sat 8am–9pm, Sun and holidays 8:30am–8pm

Osaka 9 – HafenCity sustainability pavilion

The core topics of ecologically sustainable urban development in the HafenCity can be seen in the OSAKA 9 Exhibition. The 120 sq.m.-sized exhibition pavilion is located along the riverside promenade by the Magdeburger Hafen. Refreshing beverages and small snacks, all from Fair Trade and organic origins, are available from the counter of the small CaféBar.

Osakaallee 9 on the promenade, 20457 Hamburg
Tel. 040-37 47 26 60
Tue–Sun 10am–6pm
Admission free, Tours on request


Grippers, taxi meters, coffee sacks and samplers: in the authentic surroundings of a warehouse dating back to 1888, imported goods and tools show the work carried out by warehouse staff (storekeepers). Other themes are tea and coffee trading and the construction of the Speicherstadt. All information boards in our exhibition include a summary in English for foreign visitors. Museum café and shop.

Am Sandtorkai 36, 20457 Hamburg,
Tel. 040-32 11 91
Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat, Sun and holidays 10am–6pm,
Dezember to February Tue–Sun 10am–5pm

Spicy’s Gewürzmuseum

The only spice museum in the world. Smelling, tasting and feeling approx. 50 raw spices is expressly allowed. More than 900 exhibits from the last five centuries tell the history of spices from their planting and growing right up to the finished product. Alternating special exhibitions. Group guided tours possible upon prior booking.

Am Sandtorkai 34, Block L, 20457 Hamburg
Tel. 040-36 79 89
Tue – Sun and holidays 10am – 5pm
From July to October also open Mon

Where is what in historic warehouse district and HafenCity?

The Guide System

The guide system established in the historic warehouse district comprises eleven panels located along key access routes and in prominent places, providing background information on Hamburg's port district and its attractions. It also clearly shows the locations of the museums and exhibitions   as well as the sectors and names of the institutions and companies whose advertisements are helping to finance the joint public relations activities of the KulturQuartier initiative. The steles have been designed in conjunction with the historic monuments authority and the owner of the historic warehouse district, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft, to match the historical look and feel of district and feature appropriate colors.


The history of the Warehouse District

The historic warehouse district – an industrial world heritage

The "Speicherstadt", as it is known in German, is an internationally unique historic warehouse complex which was constructed at the end of the 19th century in what at the time was the newly developed free port. Elaborately designed warehouses line the customs canals over a distance of two kilometres, linked by many picturesque riveted bridges across. In addition to its original use, this "city within a city" has become home to a large number of different exhibitions and museums. The historic warehouse and counting house district including the "Chilehaus" was named a UNESCO world heritage in July 2015.


1881 Hamburg concludes the Customs Union Treaty with the German Reich which provides for the establishment of a free port in which imported goods can be handled and stored free of duty.
1882 The Senate decides to build the new free-port warehouses on Brook island to the south of the Altstadt.
1883 Construction of the Speicherstadt begins with the demolition of the baroque half-timbered area on Kehrwieder.
1888 The free port opens on 15 October. The official celebrations take place two weeks later in the presence of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
1898 Two thirds of the Speicherstadt is completed. Work begins on the eastern construction phase.
1914 The First World War puts a stop to expansion of the Speicherstadt. Blocks Y and Z are never realized.
1943/44 More than 50 per cent of the Speicherstadt is destroyed in air raids during the Second World War.
1967 Rebuilding of the Speicherstadt finishes with the completion of Block T in Alten Wandrahm.
2003 The Speicherstadt and the area of HafenCity are released from the confines of the free port.
2008 From March 2008, the Speicherstadt and HafenCity comprise the new city district of HafenCity.
2015 In early July, the historic warehouse and counting house district together with the "Chilehaus" was named a UNESCO world heritage on account of their universal significance.


Hamburg's new city by the river Elbe

To the south of the historic warehouse district, a vibrant new urban district known as "HafenCity" is being built by the banks of the River Elbe comprising residential, office and retail space as well as cultural offerings. A visit there is always worthwhile to experience the summer culture program on the squares and promenades and to view the giant cruise ships and venerable old sailing ships close up. The construction sites in HafenCity also offer input for discussion, with the Elbe Philharmonic, a world-famous concert hall in the western part of HafenCity, due to be opened on 11 January 2017. Further construction sites include the Lohsepark as a green island in the middle of the city or Baakenhafen in the east.


IG Kulturquartier Speicherstadt und HafenCity

Contact: Thomas Hampel
c./o. E&F Edition | Hampel & Hettchen GbR | Lastropsweg 1 | 20255 Hamburg
Telephone +49 [0]40. 30 39 30 39 | Fax +49 [0]40.30 39 30 01 | |

Photos: ELBE&FLUT Edition Archiv, Thomas Hampel, Heinz-Joachim Hettchen, IG KulturQuartier Speicherstadt und HafenCity
Film: Perspektive Media
Map: IG KulturQuartier Speicherstadt und HafenCity