HafenCity InfoCenter Kesselhaus

A presentation of everything currently happening between the Elbe bridges and Kehrwiederspitze promontory is on view in the InfoCenter in Kesselhaus at Sandtorkai 30. The HafenCity InfoCenter has been documenting the goings on in HafenCity since 2000: visitors can follow every step of the planning and discussions here and gain an idea of the latest stage of development

The picture shows the old boilerhouse at Am Sandtorkai

In addition to the wealth of information available in the HafenCity InfoCenter, a visit to the café is very worthwhile (© Dominik Reipka)

For more than a decade now HafenCity’s InfoCenter in Kesselhaus has been documenting the developments in HafenCity in depth. In the historic red-brick listed building dating from 1886/87, which once supplied power to the Speicherstadt, visitors can now source all information relating to the planning and development of Europe’s largest inner-city urban development project. The range of guests from home and abroad is correspondingly large - the spectrum of 200,000 visitors every year ranges from school groups and office outings to senior politicians and state visits.

Many Hamburg locals also call in regularly to find out how the project is progressing: in addition to the comprehensive texts and free brochures, particularly popular are changing thematic exhibitions, models of the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, Überseequartier and and of course the impressive 8x4 metre 1:500 scale-model of HafenCity urban planning, on which the ever-increasing detail reflects the progress of development.

Changing exhibitions

In-depth as well as special exhibitions e.g. recent architectural competition entries communicate information on fundamental topics affecting HafenCity. In the foyer visitors can admire the entire expanse of the HafenCity site on a vast aerial photograph, while special Info Points offer further insights.

Guided tours through HafenCity

Weather on foot, by bicycle, on a sunny day of by night: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH offers a variety of guided tours including bicycle tours during the summer. All tours, offered in German or in English, are free of charge and last around two hours; they can also be booked for individual groups (10 people or more).

One classic is the Shore Leave (Landgang) tour, offering an interesting glimpse of the past, present and future in HafenCity. After an introduction using the site model in Kesselhaus, the discovery tour leads off to visit completed neighbourhoods and projects currently under construction.

The New Horizons (Neue Horizonte) tour is the choice for returning visitors and HafenCity aficionados. Starting from the OSAKA9 SustainabilityPavilion, the tour of central and eastern neighbourhoods of HafenCity highlights the strong planning and business dynamics driving the development of HafenCity and the kind of challenges that emerge.

Lovers, photography enthusiasts, the sleepless - or those just curious - can discover the romantic side of HafenCity at night.

Café in the Kesselhaus

Kesselhaus beckons visitors with more than information: its café serves delicious snacks, inviting people to read or linger awhile, and is a cosy space for talks and discussions.

About HafenCity Hamburg

Hamburg is setting new standards throughout Europe with the development of its new urban area on the banks of the Elbe River. The site, covering 157 ha, is being transformed ever more visibly into a lively city with a maritime atmosphere, mingling work and living, culture and leisure, tourism and shopping. Six thousand homes for 12,000 residents are taking shape, alongside services offering more than 45,000 jobs, a culture and recreation scene, retailing, and parks and promenades.  Just minutes from the Hamburg Town Hall and Central Station, HafenCity is directly adjacent to today’s city centre – and when complete will expand its area by around 40 per cent.


HafenCity InfoCenter im Kesselhaus (entrance free)

Exhibition and Café
Am Sandtorkai 30, Speicherstadt
Tel: +49 – (0)40 36 90 17 99
Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm; closed Mon
May-September: Thurs 10am-8pm
Transport: subway U3 to Baumwall; U4 to Überseequartier (Grasbrookpark exit) or Metrobus 6 (to Auf dem Sande) or 111 (to Am Sandtorkai)

Application forms for group tours from:
Regular public tours for free through HafenCity (no registration necessary):
Shore Leave (Landgang): every Saturday 3pm; meet in foyer
After-Work Shore Leave
(Landgang): May-September Thursdays 6.30pm; meet in foyer
HafenCity Cycling Tour
: May-September 1st and 3rd Sunday in month, 11am; meet in foyer
Green Shore Leave
(Grüner Landgang): May-October every Tuesday 6pm; meet Osaka9 SustainabilityPavilion (Osakaallee 9/Magdeburger Hafen promenade)
NEW: New Horizons (Neue Horizonte) – tour visiting central and eastern areas of HafenCity; every Sunday 3pm, meet at OSAKA9 sustainability pavilion (Osakaallee 9/Magdeburger Hafen promenade)
NEW: NightSight (NachtSicht) – evening tour of HafenCity: from May to September, 2nd Friday in month, 9pm, meet U4 subway Überseequartier (exit to San-Francisco-Straße /Hübener Straße)


OSAKA9 HafenCity SustainabilityPavilion (entrance free)

Exhibition and CaféBar
Osakaallee 9, HafenCity (on Magdeburger Hafen promenade)
Tel: +49 – (0)40 37 47 26 60
Tues-Sun 10am-6pm; Mon closed
Transport: U1 subway to Meßberg or U4 to Überseequartier (Osakaallee exit) or bus 111 to Osakaallee

Special tour: Spring across the Elbe (Elbsprung): on foot and by port launch to visit sustainability projects in HafenCity and IBA Hamburg; from April-October (information and registration at: and