(IMPORTANT: Please register until August 2nd)
The HafenCity is an urban regeneration project in the proximity of the center of Hamburg where large port areas have been redeveloped for residential purposes, offices, entertainment and tourism. This is one of the largest projects of its kind in Europe and when completed it will house over 12,000 people and will offer workplaces for over 40,000 people.
The area used to be part of the Free Port of Hamburg, a sizeable portion of the old port under the direct administration of the Port Authority. As a result of the development of free trade within the European Union and of the newer technical and logistics requirements for port activities, the City of Hamburg created a new urban district on former areas of the Free Port in 2008, which now borders the city center.
The HafenCity district includes the Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) that in 2015 became UNESCO world heritage site. The HafenCity is a prime example of waterfront redevelopment similarly to other experiences in Barcelona, London or Boston.
With its canals, historic and modern buildings, and its maritime tradition, the HafenCity has become one of the major tourist attractions in Hamburg and certainly one that anyone with an interest in ports, urban development and special planning should not miss.
The IAME 2016 organizers have arranged a walking tour around the modern part of the HafenCity, including the almost completed Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall), and the main sites in the Speicherstadt, the 1800 old warehousing district, that hosts several museums, attractions, restaurants and bars.
The tour will conclude with a guided visit of the Hamburg International Maritime Museum, with its 45,000 ship model collection, the ship simulator and its internationally renowned collection spanning over 3000 years of maritime history.