Peterstraße, Hamburg, Germany

What you see today in Peterstraße / Neanderstraße / Hütten, does not correspond to the historical conditions. The so-called Neustadt originated in the Thirty Years’ War, when the Dutch engineer Johan van Valckenburgh built a further shelter between 1615 and 1625 to secure the city of Hamburg.

He had previously taken unprotected land into the city, built it as a “new town” and offered new space for immigrants and the numerous war invaders. In contrast to the old town with its traditional burgher houses and business districts, most of the middle and lower classes also lived here, often in poor and cramped conditions, such as in the Krameramtsstuben am Michel and the Gangviertel.

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