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Hamburg's East

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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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Harbour Round Trips Bergedorfer Schifffahrtslinie

The Bergedorfer shipping line offers its guests the opportunity to experience the finest sides of maritime Hamburg at close quarters! In addition to tours, mini-cruises and the hiring of ships are offered.

Bergedorfer Schifffahrtslinie
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Boberger Dunes

A sandy landscape on the outskirts of the city - the Boberg Dunes are home to a diverse animal world.

Boberger Dunes
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Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial is on the site of the largest former Nazi concentration camp in north-west Germany.

Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial
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History is alive with us! Kiekeberg Living History Museum

The open-air museum is located in the Schwarze Berge in Kiekeberg on a 12-hectare outdoor area with more than 40 historic buildings that tell the story of the culture and way of life in the Winsener Marsch and the northern Lüneburg Heath.

Kiekeberg Living History Museum
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Amphibious city cruise Riverbus

On the street or on the water - the Riverbus guarantees a journey you have never experienced before.

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Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe

The foundation Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe in the Hamburg district of Veddel is an impressive industrial monument, a species-rich nature park and a water art museum.

Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe

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.

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Entenwerder 1

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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

Entenwerder 1

Entenwerder 1
20539 Hamburg

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Flohdom Horner Rennbahn

At the Flohdom Horner Rennbahn in Hamburg, bargain hunters can buy everything from junk and knick-knacks to household goods and second-hand clothes.

Flohdom Horner Rennbahn

Flohdom Horner Rennbahn

Rennbahnstraße 96
22111 Hamburg

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Hamburger Meile

At 600m, the Hamburg Meile is one of the longest shopping centres in Europe and offers everything your heart desires in 150 shops.

Hamburger Meile

Hamburger Meile

Hamburger Str. 27
22083 Hamburg

Kleinhuis Gartenbistro
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Kleinhuis Gartenbistro on the estate Karlshöhe

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The Karlshöhe estate is operated by the Hamburg Climate Protection Foundation. The modernization created an attractive excursion and education center around the topics of nature, energy and climate protection as a year-round offer for families and children, but also for other interested parties.

Kleinhuis Gartenbistro on the estate Karlshöhe

Kleinhuis Gartenbistro

Karlshöhe 60d
22175 Hamburg

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QUARREE Wandsbek-Markt

The Quarree Wandsbek Markt in Hamburg offers everything your heart desires in 90 shops. The offer is completed by events and special offers.

QUARREE Wandsbek-Markt

QUARREE Wandsbek-Markt

Quarree 8-10
22041 Hamburg

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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.

Wilhelmsburg & Veddel

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