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It seems like ages ago that we went on a mini-break in the Lüneburger Heide and then on the last day made the trip up to Hamburg, where much to my shame I had never been. We didn't see that much of the city, but managed to visit a couple of landmarks as well as the Miniatur-Wunderland.

You've already seen the Elbphilharmonie.

Now it's time for the Speicherstadt, the warehouse district of the port of Hamburg built in the late 19th century on timber-pile foundations.





In the background you can see the building of Der Spiegel, still Germany's most important political magazine.

This is only part of the huge complex (50% of which was destroyed in WWII and there has been a lot of rebuilding and modern architecture in the last couple of years - some of which you saw in the last pictures).



Here you can see the back of the small building in the other pictures:



This makes clear how the warehouses work - they all have access to the water by way of a Fleet, which was originally a river arm of the Elbe, but later they were also man-made to fortify the city and to transport goods.

This is the part where the warehouses are still used as such - lots of carpet dealers there, but a lot of it houses tourist attractions, like the afore-mentioned MiWuLa or the Hamburg Dungeon.



This shows how the access to the different Böden or stories worked:



More pictures:



Another picture that shows that it was low tide when we were there (yes, Hamburg is a seaport, even though it is located 110 km from the mouth of the Elbe into the North Sea).

Lots of bridges, of course:







And here is a mini-version:

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