Foundation Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe - Wasserkunst

Industrial monument, Museum, Nature park

    Wasserkunst Kaltehofe

    Located on the Elbisland “Kaltehofe”, the former waterworks provided Hamburg with drinking water for over a hundred years. In the past, the plant consisted of 22 filter basins, making it the most unique one throughout Europe. After the waterworks were closed down, the island was left untouched for approximately 20 years. The museum on Kaltehofe provides information about plants history, as well as the interesting facts about “Hamburg Wasserspiele”. Furthermore, visitors can also view the islands significant features, the so-called “Schieberhäuschen” which were designed by Speicherstadt architect Franz Andreas Meyer. Nowadays, a third of Germany’s bat species, over 40 types of birds and numerous protected plants are common inhabitants on the island. These can be discovered by using the nature trail across the plant, which is accessible to the public. Additionally the foundation Wasserkunst offers a variety of events making a visit more worthwhile.

    Opening hours & Prices

    Wasserkunst Kaltehofe

    March to October: Mon - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m
    November to February: Tue - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.


    • Adults: 5,50 €, with Hamburg Card: 4,40 €
    • Reduced tickets: 3,80 € (Students, trainees, disabled people) 
    • Families: 12,50 € (Parents + max. 3 children)
    • Groups: 4,80 € ( at least 15 persons)
    • Annual ticket: 15:00 €
    • Children up to the age of 12 receive free admission

    Combined tickets Wasserkunst Kaltehofe and WasserForum

    • Adults: 7,00 €
    • Reduced tickets: 6,00 € (Students, trainees, disabled people) 
    • Families: 16,00 € (Parents + max. 3 children)

    Guided tours

    • Public tours take place on weekends and on public holidays at 01.15 and 04.15 p.m. (March - October) and 01.15 (November - February).
    • Private tours are available after prior consultation. Booking is possible via mail ( or via telephone (040 - 7888 4999-0).
    • Please note the numerous special guided tours:


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    How to reach us

    By car: Follow the B4, heading to Rothenburgsort, Ausschläger Elbdeich / Kaltehofe Hauptdeich

    By train: Use either S2 or S21 to the station "Rothenburgsort" - It is only two stations from the main station. Walk the remaining 2 km.

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    +49 (0) 40 - 300 51 701

    Mon-Sat: 09.00 h - 19.00 h

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