The Kesselhaus was the former energy facility at the end of the 19th century (1886/1887) to power the area of the Speicherstadt. Today it is a public interactive InfoCenter for the actual projects of Hamburg in architecture and urban planning connected to a café.
I love this location very much because it is a very nice starting or ending point for your own city tour to review your impression of the neighborhood and to get your own idea about the cityscape. The Kesselhaus provides you with a very nice and detailed model (scale 1:500) of Hamburg downtown which will help you very much for your sense of orientation and navigation beyond your visit on place as well.
Interactive multilingual displays will tell you about the history and development of the harbor & labor in the past and give you the outline of the City of Hamburg in future.
If you are lucky you will be able to visit temporary exhibitions or you can join the Landgang-Group every Saturday at 15:00 for an excursion of the area. Bicycle tours are also possible every 1st and 3rd Sunday from May to September (pls. bring your own bike).
The Café provides you snacks, cakes, cold and hot drinks. The prices are affordable. Definitively a must for everyone who likes urbanism, architecture and spaces.
(Oct – Apr): Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00
(May – Sep): Tue – Sun 10:00 – 20:00
Public transportation:U-Bahn U3 to “Baumwall” or Metrobus 3 to “Auf dem Sande”