The Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) in Hamburg, Germany is the largest
timber-pile founded warehouse district in the world. It is located in the port
of Hamburg—within the HafenCity quarter—and was built from 1883 to 1927. The
district was built as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs.
The Speicherstadt is a tourist attraction in Hamburg. The red-brick
Speicherstadt houses are 5 levels high, connected by small bridges, and all face
a waterway on one side. Take a close look at the architectural details as you
float along the narrow canals. The reflections of the romantic Wilhelmine Gothic
style constructions with their peculiar turrets and gables convey an idyllic
The buildings are also used as warehouses. It is here that
precious goods like tea, coffee, spices, cocoa, tobacco, computers, and oriental
carpets and rugs are stored. As of 2005, the companies in the Speicherstadt
handled one-third of the world's carpet production, and other goods.