The Westin Hotel: HafenCity & neighborhood
Explore the historic roots of the Hanseatic City – all just a few minutes’ walk from the Westin Hotel Hamburg. Stroll through the HafenCity with its innovative construction concepts that create a futuristic contrast to the neo-gothic buildings, and treat yourself to a break at the picturesque Feldschlösschen on the Holländischbrookfleet canal. In the café, you can plan your leisure activities, such as a visit to the International Maritime Museum. Here you will find three thousand years of shipping history in nine exhibition halls. You're sure to feel like a real captain when you turn the steering wheel of the shipping simulator. Together with the historic brick houses of the Speicherstadt ('City of Warehouses') and the Chilehaus, the Kontorhaus district was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. The towering Elbphilharmonie, too, is built on historical foundations. The Kaispeicher used to serve as a shop floor – today it is the basis for modern and innovative architecture.
Not far from the Westin Hamburg you can taste all sorts of flavours at the Gewürzmuseum (spice museum), and discover the world of tea at Messmer Momentum. Both buildings are located in the historic Speicherstadt, where old and new Hamburg merge. Coffee lovers can learn everything about the journey from coffee bean to coffee cup at the Kaffeemuseum Rösterei Burg – with tastings upon request.
The weekly market for fashion, jewellery, accessories, photography, furniture and artifacts is an insider tip among Hamburgers. The Der.Die.Sein Markt is open for business between 11am and 6pm at the Unilever Haus in Hamburg’s HafenCity.
In the vicinity of the port, you can take a walk through the HafenCity and the town centre, where you can admire the remaining historic Hamburg burgher houses and baroque facades, as well as the famous Fleetschlösschen building.