Hamburg is a city with trade in its veins. From the 13th to the 18th century it was a member of the powerful Hanseatic League of Northern European trading cities, and today it is home to the second largest port in Europe. This trading heritage is reflected in the city’s architecture – especially in the large warehouse district (Speicherstadt).
Incredibly, the towering brick structures of the warehouse district are supported on wooden posts below the waterline. While many of the warehouses are still used for their original purpose, some have found other functions, such as a customs museum where you can explore the world of smuggling.