The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and one of the birth places of the Hanseatic League. The Port of Hamburg has become Germany’s largest seaport. Of course, Hamburg’s history would be incomplete without the legendary tales of Klaus Störtebeker, a famous pirate.
Bardowicker Speicher (Deichstraße 27, Nicolaifleet)
Bardowicker Speicher in Deichstraße is one of the oldest extant warehouses in Hamburg. Most of Hamburg’s buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire in 1842. Thanks to the “Rettet die Deichstraße” [save Deichstraße] association that collected donations to preserve Deichstraße, the houses were not demolished in 1970. Today Deichstraße is an historic pedestrian precinct.
Reimerstwiete is a street located opposite of Hamburg’s historic Speicherstadt [warehouse city] on the island of Cremon. Several of its dwellings and warehouses still sport a gable crane. Its half-timbered buildings are the last remnants of an architectural style that once marked Hamburg. Today a wine restaurant is located at Reimerstwiete 21.
Krameramtsstuben (Krayenkamp 10)
Near the tower of St Michaelis church are the Krameramtsstuben, half-timbered courtyard apartment dwellings built from 1620 to 1700. From 1676 onwards they were used as holiday flats for the widows of members of the wealthy guild of small shop owners (Krameramt). In 1866 the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg took over the Krameramtswohnungen and rented them out to single elderly ladies. The dwellings were listed as heritage buildings in 1933. Today they are the last examples of 17th-century Hamburg courtyard apartment dwellings.