Hamburg's North

Barmbek, Alsterdorf, Ohlsdorf and Duvenstedt

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Welcome to the north of Hamburg!

Or more precisely in Barmbek, Alsterdorf, Ohlsdorf and Duvenstedt. The north of Hamburg is a wonderful place to live. Thanks to good transport connections, you can quickly get to the city centre and have plenty of green space on your doorstep. Everything here is a bit more relaxed, but still varied. 

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Ohlsdorf cemetery

The 400-hectare Hamburg cemetery is not only Hamburg's largest green space, but also the largest cemetery in Europe and the largest park cemetery in the world.

Ohlsdorf cemetery
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Museum der Arbeit

At the Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg you can learn everything about industrialisation history and about the typical areas of work, including for example the printer's shop, trading office, the harbour, fish processing or manufacturing of hard rubber…

Museum der Arbeit
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The perfect day trip for the whole family Gut Karlshöhe

Whether it's the sheep-surf festival, the autumn market, the adventure exhibition "jahreszeitHAMBURG" or the explorer circuit - the Hamburg Environmental Centre at Gut Karlshöhe is your green oasis in the city - with great leisure activities for…

Gut Karlshöhe
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Bartholomäus Therme

The Bartholomäus thermal baths, located between the Uhlenhorst and Barmbek-Süd districts, are the ideal place to relax and unwind. Adults can enjoy the sauna and steam baths in a beautiful architectural environment.

Bartholomäus Therme
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Duvenstedter Brook

Every fall starting in September, there is a real highlight in the north of Hamburg: Bellowing stags in the Duvenstedter Brook.

Duvenstedter Brook

MAGAZIN One day in the north of Hamburg

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Anna and Omar run the Café Pantarin.

Moin, we are Anna and Omar Tarin

We run Café Pantarin in Barmbek-Nord – right on the Fuhle, as the Fuhlsbüttler Street is fondly known. It’s wonderful to live here. The city centre can be reached in no time, and there is plenty of nature nearby. Those who come from the busy city centre quickly get the feeling they are immersed in a village. Everything works at a somewhat slower pace. Yet, there is a variety of things to see and do. The north of Hamburg offers some special sights, and the architecture is an example of that: Villas in Alsterdorf, typical brick buildings in Barmbek, the modern office complex in City Nord and the thatched cottages in Duvenstedt. Today we are going to take you to the most important sightseeing spots on a tour through the north of Hamburg. 

Would you have known?

In the 19th century, the trade of leeches was a worthwhile occupation. The so-called leech fishers stored these in ponds along the river Bille.

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The Schach-Café is located in the old station building at Rübenkamp
The Ohlsdorf cemetery in the largest park cemetery in the world.
Henneberg Castle, Hamburg's only and probably smallest castle in the world

IN THE MORNING

Mal richtig durchatmen

Today we are going to visit our friends at the chess café in the old train station building in Rübenkamp. The historic building east of City Nord in Barmbek-Nord is worth a visit, and the croissants here have the perfect crunch. Full and satisfied, we take the S-Bahn and get off at the next station, Ohlsdorf, where we are going to spend the rest of the morning in the largest garden cemetery in the world, the Ohlsdorf cementery. However, it would take several days to visit its every corner. The cemetery’s app will help you to orient yourself while also offering interesting background information. From there, we will only need a few minutes to the market in Alsterdorf, which invites everyone to a laid-back stroll. We are, then, going to get an ice-cream at Il Gelato (Alsterdorfer Markt 18), followed by a nice walk along the Alster, where your eyes will marvel at the sight of the impressive villas. Those who have a little more time can take the city bike for a ride on the Alster cycle lane. If you are heading in the direction of Poppenbüttel, you will pass by the AEZ, the Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum on your way, which is one of the biggest shopping malls in northern Germany. Another option is to visit the castle of Henneberg (Marienhof 8). This is the only castle in Hamburg and most probably the smallest in the world. Its inside can also be visited.

 

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Ky Lan Deli offers delicious Asian specialities
In the Museum der Arbeit you can experience the history of Hamburg's industrialisation up close.
Romy offers individual children's clothing and furnishings in Scandinavian style.

AT NOON

Music and machines

The Ky Lan Deli (Fuhlsbüttler Straße 397) is going to make us feel as if we were in Vietnam. The Thai-Curry here is so good that we never order anything else: Sometimes with Beef, sometimes Chicken, spicy or mild, but every time incredibly delicious. Right after our culinary excursion to Asia, in the early afternoon, we are going to go travel back in time to the period of industrialization. The Barmbek Museum of Work (Wiesendamm 3) documents the history of the working class of the past 150 years in various permanent and temporary exhibitions. The visitor will be welcomed on the museum site, which initially belonged to a rubber factory, by T.R.U.D.E. The cutting wheel with a 14-metre diameter that was used to extend the Elbe tunnel in 1997 can be found here. Another interesting object on the museum site is the tin smeltery (Maurienstraße 19), which is the cultural centre of Barmbek. The after-work singing is the monthly highlight here. This means that many people stand in the middle of the square to sing whatever they like for one hour. Afterwards, we go to Café LüttLiv at the Zinnschmelze (tin smeltery) to try some homemade cake. Later, we will slowly continue to walk along the Fuhle and check out the small stores. Romy (Fuhlsbüttler Straße 414) sells great clothes for children as well as interior design objects in Scandinavian style.

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In the Orient you will experience oriental delicacies.

IN THE EVENING

Slowdown, Oriental food specialities and old-school curtain pubs

The Bartholomäus Spa (Bartholomäusstraße 95) in Barmbek-Süd is a great opportunity to unwind after a long day. Afterwards, Erkan from Morgenland (Pestalozzistraße 19) creates the best Oriental dishes. As a starter, we recommend Mezze, a buffet where everyone can fill small bowls with different delicious starters from a counter. Our perfect day in the north of Hamburg ends with a pub crawl, because this is the place where you can still find those old “curtain bars” (free translation from German). Each one is cosier than the one before. The cigarette smoke still lingers in the air and the tv shows soccer in a continuous loop. The regulars at the bar are always up for a chat and surely have one or two interesting stories to tell. And what’s best? One typical Astra beer costs only 2 Euro.

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SHOPPING, EATING, DRINKING Discover restaurants & shops

The fact that Hamburg is by no means just another big city is particularly evident in the surrounding districts. Here in the north of Hamburg, a mixture of big city flair and rural charm determines the character of the districts.

Alsterkrug

Alsterkrug

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  • Fish
  • German cuisine
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Restaurant, bar, gardens with Mediterranean ambience on Alsterlauf

Alsterkrug

Alsterkrug

Alsterkrugchaussee 277
22297 Hamburg

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Alstertal Einkaufszentrum (AEZ)

The 240 shops in the Alstertal Einkaufszentrum offer everything from clothes, accessories and jewellery all the way to gastronomy.

Alstertal Einkaufszentrum (AEZ)

Alstertal Einkaufszentrum

Heegbarg 31
22391 Hamburg

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Café Pantarin

  • Café/Bistro
  • €€

“Pantarin” offers high-quality coffee, tasty cakes and a lot of space to relax.

Café Pantarin

Café Pantarin

Hartzloh 30
22307 Barmbek-Nord

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Christoffer's Singin Tapas

  • Restaurant
  • Spanish / Portuguese
  • €€

Singin Tapas is hidden under the railway crossing at Wandsbek-Gartenstadt Station.

Christoffer's Singin Tapas

Christopher's singin tapas

Lesserstraße 205
22049 Hamburg

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Il Gelato

  • Café/Bistro
  • Italian
  • €€

The ceiling of the ice cream parlour “Il Gelato” is adorned with Michelangelo’s divine spark, under which senses are excited.

Il Gelato

Eiscafe Il Gelato

Alsterdorfer Markt 18
22297 Alsterdorf

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Hamburg South

Around Harburg's inland harbour, historical and modern architectural styles merge. It's maybe even a bit like HafenCity. Finkenwerder, on the other hand, has the charm of a fishing village. – Here, you see a quite different, almost rural side of Hamburg. Harburg and Finkenwerder are also good starting points for discovering the Hamburg metropolitan area.

Hamburg South
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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Hamburg East

Welcome to Bergedorf, Wandsbek, Hammerbrook and Rothenburgsort! Here, the harbour cranes and industrial culture in Rothenburgsort and Hammerbrook meet nature protection areas, meadows and woods on the border with Schleswig-Holstein.

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Neuwerk Island

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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