2015 is a very special year for Hamburg. On 5 July, the UNESCO recognised Hamburg’s warehouse district “Speicherstadt” and adjacent Kontorhausviertel with Chilehaus as world heritage. As breathtaking landmarks of industrial heritage in Hamburg, the ensemble perfectly fit this year’s Open Monument Days celebrated 11-13 September in Hamburg with the slogan “Crafts, Technology, Industry”.
110 Monuments in 45 Locations
From quay warehouses to water towers, windmills, icehouse, locks, gas stations or observatory: this year’s Heritage Days are dedicated to the industrial age, and its testimonies, with 110 facilities opening their otherwise closed doors in 45 locations. Only next weekend, i.e. 11-13 September 2015, visitors will be able to take a look behind the scenes. Who did built what, when, how and why? The answers will be give by industrial monuments very different in style, use, and architecture. There, visitors can see how techniques have changed over time and thus reflected of change in work techniques. Conservation and restoration methods of buildings are also subject of the “Heritage Days”.
Official Opening at HafenCity’s Boiler House
The Hamburg Heritage Days, literally called “Open Monument Days” in Hamburg, will officially start with a talk on “restoration crafts, industrial building, industrial monuments” on 11 September at HafenCity’s boiler house. On 12 and 13 September, all participating monuments will be opening their doors to visitors, with families benefiting from special program for children and parents.
Mobile Heritage Days App
Owners of an iPhone or android smartphone should download the official “Heritage Day App” on their device. It allows to determine one’s own location and participating monuments in the vicinity. Next to a brief description of the monument, also address and opening times will be indicated. All monuments can be added to a personal wish list of places to visit during the weekend, with the interactive map automatically generating walks from one place to the next.
In Hamburg, the Heritage Days are organised by the Hamburg Office for Heritage Preservation and the Hamburg Foundation for the Conservation of Historic Monuments. On a national level, the Heritage Days in Germany are being co-ordinated by the German Foundation for Monument Protection as part of the “European Heritage Days” under the auspices of the Council of Europe, held throughout the European Union in September.
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