Outstanding Architecture & Unique Nature


This summer, Hamburg once again celebrated its UNESCO World Heritage Sites Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with the iconic Chilehaus, as well as the Hamburg Wadden Sea Biosphere Reserve—this year’s motto was „Solidarity and Dialogue“.

There were free events in the St. Katharinenkirche on 6 June, such as a jazz service, a gala with soprano Irmelin Sloman and an organ concert by ICOMOS. All events were also streamed live and are now available on our website. We would like to invite you to discover Hamburg’s World Heritage in a new way.

As Covid has made the planning of the event very difficult, we decided to offer only German-language city tours this year, but we have created several scavenger hunts for the free app Actionbound in cooperation with pupils from two Hamburg UNESCO project schools, with which you can explore the World Heritage Site on your own.

Also make sure to visit the Speicherstadtmuseum, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The contents of this website will bring you closer to the World Heritage Site if you are currently unable to come to Hamburg yourself.

Verladen von Mauersteinen vom Schiff auf den Wagen.

We offer virtual tours and digital content with exciting information on World Heritage, created by local cultural operators.

Under “Exhibition” we have linked virtual and analogue exhibits as well as galleries of historical photographs in addition to the guided tours.

The “Walking Tour” describes a route through the Speicherstadt.

And under “Hamburg’s World Heritage” you will find explanations of Hamburg’s city history and the various World Heritage buildings.

Have fun exploring, stay healthy!

Understanding World Heritage

Virtual Exhibits


Map of the river Elbe by Melchior Lorichs, 1568 (reproduction)

Stroll. Discover. Marvel.


Since travelling is difficult in Corona times, we have set out to bring you closer to our World Heritage Site in various virtual tours. Follow our experienced guides on the trail of history through Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District from the comfort of your sofa.

The various videos will give you a wonderful impression of the diversity, complexity and attention to detail of Hamburg’s World Heritage Site: the Speicherstadt with its history, the 25th anniversary of the Speicherstadtmuseum, a presentation of all Kontor houses in the Kontorhaus District and an extensive guided tour around, in and even on the Chilehaus.

Accompany Dr. Ralf Lange, art historian and curator of the Speicherstadtmuseum, on an exciting tour through the World Heritage Site and let the experienced tour guide Nicola Janocha introduce you to the secrets of the Chilehaus.

We have put together a big package for you, which will let you immerse yourself in the special features of Hamburg’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Historic Museums Hamburg Foundation presents

Current exhibitions

IG Kulturquartier presents

A stroll through Speicherstadt

The Speicherstadt is a compulsory part of every visit to Hamburg, and not only since UNESCO awarded it the status of World Heritage Site. But it is also a very mundane workplace for many Hamburgers, a destination for excursions and a shopping mile. If you take a little time, you can experience the history of the whole city during a visit.

A Day by the Sea

Wadden Sea Special

Der Welterbetag ist eine gute Gelegenheit unser Welterbe neu zu entdecken, in Austausch miteinander zu gehen und das Bewusstsein für Hamburgs Vergangenheit zu schärfen. Durch das vielfältige Festprogramm wird die architektur- und stadtgeschichtliche Bedeutung von Speicherstadt und Kontorhausviertel mit dem Chilehaus lebendig.

Dr. Carsten Brosda

Here it is possible in an exemplary way to keep monuments alive and thus make them tangible for posterity. As Senator for Culture, I am very pleased that cultural uses in particular are making an important contribution.

Prof. Barbara Kisseler
former Cultural Senator

The Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus district document in a unique way the rise of Hamburg to one of the largest and most important seaports in the world. At the same time they symbolize cultural and social identity.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Federal President, former Foreign Minister
On a Sunday in June

German World Heritage Day

On the initiative of the German Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany e.V., a UNESCO World Heritage Day was proclaimed for the first time in Germany on 5 June 2005. Since then, World Heritage Day has taken place every year on the first Sunday in June.

The aim of UNESCO World Heritage Day is to raise public awareness of the German World Heritage Sites not only as sites of particularly careful monument conservation, but also to strengthen their role as mediators of the UNESCO idea. Encounter and cultural dialogue are therefore the thematic priorities of World Heritage Day. The World Heritage Sites, supported by the German Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany e.V., present our common heritage.

Above all, World Heritage Day should be a forum for communication and encounter with local people for whom “their World Heritage Site” represents an important cultural and historical reference point. The basic idea is to make World Heritage tangible and to understand one’s own culture as part of a diverse heritage of humanity. Each World Heritage Site is a place on a fascinating map of cultural differences and a place for learning about intercultural understanding.

Children and young people are a special target group. Age-appropriate actions aim to stimulate young people’s interest in cultural heritage and monument conservation. A museum education programme is therefore also part of World Heritage Day.

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Chilehaus C
Pumpen 6
D-20095 Hamburg

Currently closed due to Covid.