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Boulevard route

  • Out and about by the water
  • Fine residential areas
  • Shopping hotspots

Exploring Hamburg’s favourites: Eimsbüttel and Eppendorf

Embarking on this route, you will be able to stroll and browse to your heart’s delight. The adjacent urban quarters of Eimsbüttel and Eppendorf await you with magnificent building facades, down-to-earth eateries and exquisite restaurants as well as a great range of high-end boutiques and owner-operated retail shops. While Eimsbüttel exudes the style of Hanseatic serenity in a more laid-back manner, Eppendorf presents itself as fancy, well-groomed and sophisticated. Strolling along the 3-kilometre stretch from Eimsbüttel to Eppendorf, you will experience both worlds while also being surrounded by greenery and water.

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From the city centre to Eimsbüttel and Eppendorf

The quarters of Eimsbüttel and Eppendorf are located to the west (Eimsbüttel) and the north-west (Eppendorf) of the Outer Alster Lake. A number of U-Bahn stations of the U1, U2 and U3 lines are available in this area. In the southern part of Eimsbüttel you can find several of U2 stations; these are ideally suitable as a starting point. In the centre of Eppendorf, you can choose between the U1 and U3 lines.

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The route in a nutshell

There are at least two recommended paths leading from Eimsbüttel to Eppendorf. With its many retail shops, Eppendorfer Weg invites you to browse as you explore these two neighbourhoods. To be more in touch with nature, you might want to take the path along beautiful Isebekkanal instead. Both routes have a length of approx. 3 kilometres and can of course be combined as an outward and return route. Plus, you can take a little detour while in Eppendorf, which will add another 4 kilometres.

Shopping and lunching on Eppendorfer Weg

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Your route starts in Eimsbüttel at the southern tip of Eppendorfer Weg on the corner of Fruchtallee. To get there, you can take the red U2 line and get off at Emilienstrasse or Christuskirche. Eppendorfer Weg is the main connecting link between the quarters of Eimsbüttel and Eppendorf and is as diverse as the two quarters themselves. Lined with restaurants, cafés, bars and small retail shops, it offers something for everyone – from handmade products and expensive brands to cool, original streetwear and second-hand clothing. As you stroll up Eppendorfer Weg, you can enjoy the detailed facades of the residential buildings there.

Eimsbüttel and Eppendorf are shaped by beautiful art nouveau architecture with countless preserved buildings in Wilhelminian style, and many of these are listed. When, in the late 19th and early 20th century, the demand for urban housing went up dramatically, a multitude of magnificent residential buildings was created here, many of these with oriels, turrets and brilliant white stucco.

After almost 1.5 kilometres on this lovely shopping street, you will walk past Eppendorfer Grill-Station on the right-hand side. Since 2004, this no-frills takeaway place has been the filming location for “Dittsche”, a celebrated television show by Hamburg-based multi-talent Olli Dittrich.

Discovering elegant Eppendorf from the water

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As you enter Eppendorf, you may notice a change: while people in Eimsbüttel are quite casual and down to earth, the adjacent quarter of Eppendorf has more of an exclusive, upmarket feel to it. Eppendorfer Weg merges seamlessly into Eppendorfer Landstrasse, a boulevard and shopping promenade with exquisite boutiques that offer luxury goods of all kinds. After about 700 metres, turn right into Goernestrasse, on the corner of which you can find the restaurant of celebrity chef Cornelia Poletto. Only a few steps further you will see the historic Holthusenbad, a characteristic redbrick complex that dates back to 1914. Designed by acclaimed architect Fritz Schumacher as a public bathhouse, the Holthusenbad is a coveted place for swimming and wellness in a unique historic setting.

In Eppendorf, peacefulness and relaxation can also be enjoyed on one of the many canals. A 10 minutes’ walk to the south, where the Isebekkanal flows into the Alster Lake, you can find a boat rental including eatery. Here you can choose between SUPs, canoes and pedal boats. Exploring this elegant urban quarter from the water will open up entirely new perspectives. As you venture out on the Alster canals and its branches, you can admire the imposing gardens of large townhouses directly on the water – many of which you can’t see from land.

 

Marvelling at Hamburg’s noble Isestrasse

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Once you’ve returned your boat, you will turn right on the other side of the canal onto one of Hamburg’s most famous streets: Isestrasse. Here you can admire the well-kept front gardens of magnificent houses in Wilhelminian style. Many public figures have lived here, among them former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who, in 1954, spent the first weeks of her life at number 95. This as well as 79 other buildings in this street happened to remain largely undamaged by WW2 bombings and are listed as cultural monuments. As soon as you reach Eppendorfer Baum, the scenery changes once again: while a moment ago you almost had a village feeling, you now find yourself in the heart of bustling Eppendorf. This is also where the 800-metre-long steel viaduct begins and where Hamburg's most scenic U-Bahn route (U3) offers insights into the period apartments on Isestrasse. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Hamburg’s most renowned farmer’s market takes place underneath the viaduct. The immense variety of products and its unique location make this market so special. As Isestrasse comes to an end, you now reach the green lung of Eimsbüttel: Kaiser-Friedrich-Ufer. Here, along the beautiful Isebekkanal, you can walk another 1.5 kilometres, which brings you to the end of this route.

You are now very close to your starting point.

As a route planner, we strive to put together particularly diverse routes through Hamburg's most beautiful areas. Did you like our Boulevard route? We look forward to receiving your feedback. To discover even more unique corners of Hamburg, take a look at our city map.

Gastronomy & shopping on this route

In Eimsbüttel you will find second-hand shops and down-to-earth bars right next to quality clothes shops and excellent restaurants – the choice is yours. In Eppendorf, the range of retail shops and eateries is a little more exclusive, leaving nothing to be desired along this varied route.

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Happykappy Cupcakes

  • Café/Bistro

The "Happykappy Cupcakes Käppchen Kuchen Company" has not only many "Ks" and "Cs" in its name, but also many different cupcakes on sale. The colourful calorie bombs "made according to granny's 19th century family recipe" are shaped by hand, baked and decorated with lots of love. If you want to, you can also put together these goodies at home, because dough and frosting are also sold separately. But it’s even better to let the owner spoil you with the delicious cakes!

Happykappy Cupcakes

Happykappy Cup & Cake

Eppendorfer Weg 99
20259 Hamburg

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Isemarkt

Since 1949, the Isemarkt lures around 6.000 visitors to Eppendorf to do their weekly grocery shopping, or just to stroll along and chat with other visitors under the Hochbahn bridge.

Isemarkt

Isemarkt

Isestraße
20144 Hamburg

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JUS Restaurant

  • Restaurant
  • Gourmet
  • International

Great atmosphere with upmarket international cuisine

JUS Restaurant

JUS Restaurant

Lehmweg 30
20251 Hamburg

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Jussis crime book café

  • Café/Bistro
  • Vegetarian
  • €€

If you enjoy Scandinavian detective stories and tasty cake, you’ve definitely come to the right place!

Jussis crime book café

Jussi - Mein skandinavisches Krimi-Buch-Café

Lehmweg 35
20251 Hamburg

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Küchenfreunde

  • Restaurant
  • German cuisine
  • International
  • €€

It is easy to tune out in the cosily furnished restaurant at the heart of Eppendorf.

Küchenfreunde

Restaurant Küchenfreunde

Lehmweg 30
20251 Eppendorf

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Little Amsterdam

  • Café/Bistro
  • Vegetarian
  • €€

More than any café or bar - Little Amsterdam directly on the Isbek Canal in Eppendorf is a true oasis of well-being with Dutch charm.

Little Amsterdam

Little Amsterdam

Klosterallee 69
20144 Hamburg

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