City Hall Hamburg built 1886-1897

Hamburg: A Maritime Metropolis, Europe’s green city on the Alster and Elbe river, also the city of bridges.

Hamburg was founded in the 8th century.  May 7, 1189 – is the birthday of the Port of Hamburg and one of the largest Ports in the world today.

Hamburg takes part in the first Hanseatic Day in 1356. An unusually large number of Hanseatic cities are on the World Heritage List, e.g. Lübeck, the “Mother of the Hanseatic League”, Bremen and the old towns of Stralsund and Wismar; abroad Bryggen (Bergen), Kraków , Novgorod , Riga , Tallinn , Thorn , Vilnius and Visby. After the demise of the Hanseatic League, Hamburg took over the role of Northern Europe’s leading trading city from Lübeck.

The Great Fire raged from May 5th to 8th, 1842. Around 20,000 people became homeless. In addition to 1,700 houses and numerous public buildings, the fire also destroyed 102 warehouses.

1883 to 1912 - Construction of the Speicherstadt

Construction of the Speicherstadt in the free port with the warehouses and bridges.

1922 to 1943 - Construction of the Kantorhausviertel

Construction of the four buildings in the Kantorhausviertel, which are part of the World Heritage Site: Chilehaus (1922 to 1924, architect Fritz Höger), Meßberghof (1922 to 1924, architects Hans and Oskar Gerson), Montanhof (1924 to 1926, architects Hermann Distel and August Grubitz), Sprinkenhof (1927 to 1943, architects Hans and Oskar Gerson, Fritz Höger).

2015 - UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO includes four buildings in the Kontorhausviertel and the Speicherstadt in the World Heritage List (No. 1467). The title is: “Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel with the Chilehaus“. They are “outstanding examples of the types of buildings and ensembles that embody the consequences of the rapid growth of world trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” (from the Statement of Exceptional Value )

Let’s Jump ahead… “Vision HafenCity” Project

In 1997, the then Hamburg Mayor presented his vision that involved an area of around 157 hectares (about 112 football fields) was to be developed into an upmarket inner-city district with mixed residential, work, cultural and leisure uses. This vision became the Masterplan of Europe’s largest inner-city urban development project as a blueprint for the new European city on the waterfront.

HafenCity - A major Real Estate Project for the 21st Century

The plan is to build about 8,000-9,000 Condominiums and Apartments. As of today over 4,000 Units are finished. Most will be finished and ready to be occupied in 3- 4 years.

The HafenCity and Hamburg as a whole offers unique real estate investment opportunities.

Marco Polo Tower Hamburg 

The tower is a holistic ecological building concept, the recessed facades are protected from direct sun by the overhanging terraces above so that additional sunshades are not necessary. Vacuum collectors on the roof, using a heat exchanger, turn heat into a cooling system for the apartments. There are also sound insulated air louvres in the sleeping areas which make natural ventilation possible without increased noise pollution from outside. A true architectural Masterpiece.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg