The Alsterarkaden, at the Jungfernstieg in Hamburg, which is based on the historical designs of Alexis de Chateauneuf for the Hamburg Rathausmarkt, is seen with its corner location to the shopping street “Neuer Wall” as the entry gate to the Hamburg luxury mile.
The Alsterarkaden on Hamburg’s Jungfernstieg, located right by the Neuer Wall shopping street, is thought of as the gateway to Hamburg’s important shopping mile. It goes back to designs by Alexis de Chateauneuf, which were commissioned after the ‘Great Fire’ ravaged the city in 1842. The Rathausmarkt and the Alte Post were redesigned at around the same time, as Chateauneuf was seen as a pioneer in the renewal of brick architecture. To this day the Alsterarkaden has been considered a prominent example of so-called post-fire architecture.
The Alsterarkaden, one of Hamburg’s oldest promenades and shopping miles, offers a fantastic view of the Binnenalster and the Rathausmarkt, not just for shopping enthusiasts but also local office workers. With its white arches, waterfront location and picturesque terraces, visitors can experience Venetian flair right in Hamburg’s city centre. This was what Alexis de Chateauneuf was inspired to create during his travels around Italy.
The Alsterarkaden offers office tenants an enchanting view of the Binnenalster and the Rathausmarkt. Retail tenants benefit from the thriving tourist traffic along the Jungfernstieg and Neuer Wall. Tenants include Wempe, Swatch, and Douglas.
The Mellin-Passage – Hamburg’s oldest shopping arcade – was built between the famous Jungfernstieg, the little Alster, the Schleusenbrücke and Neuer Wall. Due to a fire in 1989, the remains of one of the buildings had to be demolished. Surprisingly, wall and ceiling paintings in the passageway came to light during the renovation work, and they can still be viewed. Today four of the original buildings remain. Visitors can recognise them by the gilded fishes, tridents between the arches, and the iron railings and old lanterns.
After sightseeing and shopping in and around the Alsterarkaden, visitors can fortify themselves in one of the many cafés and then sit on the steps along the canal to watch the swans on the Alster – Hamburg’s living landmarks – or the classic Alster steamers as they make their way through the locks to the Elbe river.