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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Welcome to the East of Hamburg!

Or more precisely in Bergedorf, Wandsbek, Hammerbrook and Rothenburgsort! Hardly any other area is as varied as Hamburg's East. Here harbour cranes and industrial culture meet nature reserves, meadows and forests.

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Vier- und Marschlande

The Vier- und Marschlande consist of the 12 districts of Bergedorfs. Together they make up one of Hamburg's most beautiful nature reserves.

Vier- und Marschlande
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The perfect place to throw a glance at the cosmos Hamburg Observatory

Hamburg Observatory, in Bergedorf, built around 1900, is an ensemble of listed buildings of international standing and a collection of prized telescopes of cultural and historical importance.

Hamburg Observatory
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Bergedorf Castle

Bergdorf Castle, located in Billelauf, is Hamburg's only preserved castle. Nowadays, it houses a museum. In around 1220, Count Albrecht von Orlamünde created a moated castle in the dammed Bille, which fell to the dukes of Saxe-Lauenburg in 1227.

Bergedorf Castle
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One of the oldest farm houses in North Germany exhibits the culture and history of the Vierlande area. Open Air Museum Rieck Haus

Anyone interested in the historical areas of Hamburg should not shy away from visiting the Rieck Haus Open Air Museum and the Museum für Bergedorf und die Vierlande.

Open Air Museum Rieck Haus
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Entenwerder 1

Close to the Elbebridge there is a hotspot that became an integral part in the Café scene of Hamburg. Located on a pontoon the Café Entenwerder 1 is a place for water and peace seekers.

Entenwerder 1

MAGAZIN One day at the East of Hamburg

Carmen Kunstein works as a gardener in the Bergedorf district.

Moin, my name is Carmen Kunstein

I work as a gardener in the borough of Bergedorf. Few areas are as diverse as the east of Hamburg. Here, the harbour cranes and industrial culture in Rothenburgsort and Hammerbrook meet conservation areas, meadows and woods on the border with Schleswig-Holstein. Life here is a little quieter than in the city, which I can nonetheless reach in a short time with the S-Bahn. From Hammerbrook, through Rothenburgsort until Bergedorf, the east of Hamburg is full of contrasts that are worth a visit. I invite you to join me on my way to my favourite spots.

Would you have known?

429,918 people live in Wandsbek. If the borough were a city, it would rank 16th biggest German city – ahead of Bochum, Bonn or Mannheim.


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Bergedorf Castle is the only surviving castle in Hamburg.
At the Bergedorf weekly market you can find products from the Vierlanden and Marschlanden.
The Boberger Düne is Hamburg's last wandering dune.


From the castle to the Dune

The day begins in Bergedorf with a French breakfast in Café La Petite Rue (Sachsentor 29). It is slightly hidden in a passage and, in the morning, the smell of fresh croissants and homemade cakes pervades the air. From here, I reach the castle in Bergedorf in only a few minutes. In this sole castle in Hamburg, an exhibition informs about the history of the borough and the Vierlande, the latter being the rural area around Bergedorf. The gardens of the castle are located right next to it, inviting people to take a stroll between the lime trees and the river Bille. A market takes place here twice a week, where people sell fresh goods from the Vier- and Marschlanden. I saunter along the market and chat with some stand owners. After I visit the market, I hop on my city bike. All around Bergedorf, many bike trails invite you to discover this region. Along the Bille, I continue to cycle in the direction of Lohbrügge, past the meadows and the woods, to finally arrive at the last shifting dune in Hamburg, the Boberg. Originally, there was a dune landscape from Berliner Tor in the St. Georg area up to Bergedorf. By now, it can only be found in the conservation area of Boberger Niederung.

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The restaurant Dorfkrug offers dishes made from regional ingredients.
Elbinsel Kaltehofe from the air
The Bergedorfer shipping line runs through the Marschlande down the Dove-Elbe, past Moorfleet and Allermöhe.


By foot, by bike or by boat

Nearby, the restaurant Dorfkrug (Boberger Furtweg 1) serves traditional German dishes. They place value on the use of fresh ingredients, such as venison, which is endemic to this region. After lunch, I get back on my bike and continue to cycle in the direction of Hamburg-Rothenburgsort, past the airfield Boberg, while I can see the gliders above. On the Elbe cycling track along the dike in the direction of the Elbe bridges, I reach the Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe (Kaltehofe Hauptdeich 6-7). Early on, this was the place where drinking water used to be filtered. Today, the site is an industrial monument. One part of the island is a conservation area not accessible to the public. However, it is possible to get an impression of the diversity of species on the island by doing the informative nature walking trail. On the way back across the bridge, I allow myself to pause and enjoy the amazing view over the Elbe river in Café Entenwerder 1 (Elbpark Entenwerder). It sits on a pontoon at the north of the Elbe river and offers lots of possibilities to sit down and relax on the mixed compilation of colourful furniture. If sometimes I do not feel like cycling, I take the S-Bahn back to Bergedorf or hop on one of the ferries that take off close to the Hammerbrook S-Bahn station. The ferry line in Bergedorf takes its way through the Marschlande down the Dove Elbe, past Moorfleet and Allermöhe. A beautiful 3-hour tour.

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The restaurant Lavastein is located directly at the Bergedorf harbour
A music-loving audience has been meeting in the Suhrhof for over 50 years


Just like in in New Orleans

In the evening, I take the S-Bahn from Entenwerder back to Bergedorf. It takes only 14 minutes from the Rothenburgsort S-Bahn station. I enter restaurant Lavastein. (Serrahnstraße 3-5). It is located directly at the Bergedorf port and has a versatile menu with German and Italian dishes. I really like the mixed fish platter with lobster sauce. For over 50 years, an audience of music lovers meets up at the Suhrhof (Weidenbaumsweg 13-15). Every Friday, the Jazzclub Bergedorf opens its doors. Live bands play Swing and Jazz just the way it used to be played in the south of the United States. Only when it comes to the drinks do I stick to the Northern way – I usually get an Alsterwasser, a mix of lemonade and beer.

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SHOPPING, EATING, DRINKING Discover restaurants & shops

Hamburg's east is becoming more and more an insider tip in Hamburg. Here you can discover big city flair as well as country life and shop, eat and drink as well.

Restaurant 100/200
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  • Gourmet
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In 100/200, everything revolves around the kitchen - literally speaking.



Brandshofer Deich 68
20539 Hamburg

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Every first Sunday of the month, the Barmbek quarter organises a flea market.



Wohldorfer Straße 30
22081 Hamburg

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Billstedt Center Hamburg

Shopping experience plus regular events and participation activities - including in bad weather

Billstedt Center Hamburg

Billstedt Center Hamburg

Möllner Landstraße 3
22111 Hamburg

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Café La Petite Rue

  • Café/Bistro
  • €€

The small cosy café in Bergedorf serves a delicious breakfast and homemade cakes.

Café La Petite Rue

Café la Petite Rue

Sachsentor 29
21029 Bergedorf

Corfu Grill

Corfu Grill

  • Restaurant
  • Greek
  • €€

The Corfu Grill offers large portions of traditional Greek dishes.

Corfu Grill

Corfu Grill

Schiffbeker Weg 66
22119 Hamburg

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Der Suhrhof

  • Restaurant
  • Italian
  • German cuisine
  • €€

The restaurant „Der Suhrhof“ is located in an almost 200-year-old former warehouse in Bergedorf.

Der Suhrhof

Der Suhrhof

Weidenbaumsweg 13-15
21029 Bergedorf

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With its 40 inhabitants, Neuwerk is Hamburg’s northernmost area. It is located in the Hamburg Wadden Sea at the mouth of the Elbe, about 100 kilometres from the Hamburg city hall. There is always a breeze blowing on Neuwerk and you can enjoy a wide view over the sea.

Neuwerk Island
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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Blankenese & Elbe outskirts

The former fishing and seamen's village of Blankenese is situated directly on the Elbe. It is the perfect starting point for hopping on a sailing boat or on the Elbe ferry, or for taking long walks along the shore. Another highlight is a visit to the Treppenviertel (German for staircase quartier) with a spectacular view of the lighthouse and the Falkenstein shore.

Blankenese & Elbe outskirts
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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Wilhelmsburg & Veddel

The Elbe Island of Wilhelmsburg is embedded between the southern and northern Elbe. It impresses visitors with a mixture of industrial charm and bustling life with multicultural flair. With its historic buildings, cafés and shops, the Wilhelmsburg Reiherstieg area is especially popular. It is even called "Little Berlin" due to its transformation in recent years. And then there is the neighbouring island of Veddel, which also has much to offer.

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