The ancient port of Hamburg, an industrial Venice; Stephane Dreyfus; La Croix International

Germany – Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus

Classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2015, Hamburg’s historic maritime warehouse and business districts are marvels of early Modernist red-brick architecture.

The optical illusion is uncanny and amazing. The Chilehaus (“Chile House”), one of Hamburg’s most iconic buildings – with its six stories of cement and brick and its angled façade – resembles an ocean liner sailing through the urban seas.

This building is the departure point for a beautiful architectural cruise along the streets and canals of this northern German city.

The “bow” of the Chilehaus can be seen from the Steinstrasse metro exit. This is the entrance to the Kontorhaus (“counting house”) district. Along with the adjacent Speicherstadt (“city of warehouses”), this business district was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in July 2015.

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