The German Concession was established in 1899 and lasted a mere 18 years till 1917, the end of World War I. That said, the Germans invested their territory with a distinctly Teutonic identity.
Sitting to the Southeast of the British Concession along the White River, the German Concession was almost as big as the former. The Road that begins as Rue de France, becomes Victoria Street and at times Woodrow Wilson Street, morphs into Kaiser-Wilhelmstrasse here.
Along and around Kaiser-Wilhelmstrasse sit some of the German Concessions most important buildings – many of which still stand today. The Concordia Club is one of the most important buildings here, as are the German Concert Hall, and the iconic Kiessling pastry shop, established in 1901 and still in operation today.
Further down Kaiser-Wilhelmstrasse – past rows of spanking new skyscrapers sits another cluster of German-era buildings straight out of a Grimms fairy tale. This cluster of low-rise villas have been restored and now the entire block constitutes a new Hotel Indigo establishment.
Finally, along the waterfront sit a few remaining examples of German-style villas from the colonial era.