Coordinates: 53°32′46″N 9°59′14″E / 53.54611°N 9.98722°E / 53.54611; 9.98722
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Canal-side view of houses in Deichstraße.
Typical house in the Deichstraße.

Deichstraße (lit. "dike street") is the oldest remaining street in the Altstadt of Hamburg, Germany and a popular visitor attraction in the city.

Deichstraße dates back to the 14th century; it was first mentioned in 1304.[1] Located adjacent to Nikolaifleet and close to the Speicherstadt,[2] it now contains carefully restored 17th–19th-century houses, all that is left of the old harbour district.[3][4] The Great Fire of 1842 broke out in Deichstraße 42[3][4] and destroyed many of the original buildings, but spared the southern end of the street spreading - driven by the wind - mostly northeastwards. Today, Deichstraße –along with Neustadt's Peterstraße– contains some of the oldest buildings in the city, including the oldest warehouse, at Peterstraße 27, built in 1780.[3]


  1. ^ Gerhard Eckert, tr. Alec Court, Baedeker's Hamburg, rev. ed. Norwich: Jarrold/New York: Prentice Hall, 1987, ISBN 0-13-369687-1, p. 61.
  2. ^ Deichstraße, (in German)
  3. ^ a b c Fodor's Germany, New York: Fodor's/Random House, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4000-0708-0, p. 520.
  4. ^ a b Jörg Albrecht, Hamburg, englisch, Marco Polo Insider Tips, Ostfildern: Mairs, 2003, ISBN 3-8297-0299-X, p. 35.


  • Wolfgang Rudhard. Das Bürgerhaus in Hamburg. Das deutsche Bürgerhaus 21. Tübingen: Wasmuth, 1975. ISBN 3-8030-0023-8 (in German)

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53°32′46″N 9°59′14″E / 53.54611°N 9.98722°E / 53.54611; 9.98722