It’s raining again in Hamburg? Don’t let that spoil your vacation! Hop on the metro and visit the Deichtorhallen. Located between Central Station and Speicherstadt, they enjoy a reputation as one of the best known exhibition galleries worldwide. The two historic buildings, constructed from brick and steel, once served as a wholesale vegetable and flower market. After undergoing thorough refurbishment in the late 1980s, the structures now provide 6,000 m2 of exhibition space for international photography and contemporary art.
As a hobby photographer, I favor the ‘International House of Photography’ (Haus der Fotografie) where works of well-known and newcomer artists are presented, highlighting the diversity of photography. A modern ambiance enhanced by tall ceilings and light colors ensure a rather delightful experience far from the often dreaded dull museum feel. Check out their current exhibitions here.
Bonus: Every first Thursday of the month, they are open late (11:00 – 21:00). On Saturdays and Sundays, they offer guided tours at 15:00 (also in English).