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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Welcome to the south of Hamburg!

Or more precisely in Harburg and Finkenwerder. Historic and modern architectural styles meet around the Harburg inland port. A bit similar to Hamburg's HafenCity. On the other hand, Finkenwerder still has the cosy charm of a fishing village - a completely different Hamburg unfolds here, with rural features. Harburg and Finkenwerder are also a good starting point for exploring the Hamburg metropolitan region. 

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MAGAZIN One day in the south of Hamburg

Silke Schwartau lives in the tenth generation on Finkenwerder

Moin, my name is Silke Schwartau

Welcome to Süderelbe in the south of Hamburg! My name is Silke Schwartau and the last ten generations of my family have lived on Finkenwerder. We say "on" because the district is located on a peninsula in the Lower Elbe. The best way to reach Finkenwerder from Hamburg city centre is by taking the HADAG ferry. It will take you down the Elbe, offering a great and relaxing ride along the port of Hamburg - past the fish market, the museum harbour Övelgönne and the Blankeneser Treppenviertel. Also, you will never have any kind of traffic jam here! Finkenwerder can be described as a sort of small neighbour from Harburg, Hamburg’s southwestern-most district, that used to be an industrial site. Nowadays, it is a modern residential and commercial district around the Harburg inland harbour, where historical and modern architectural styles merge. Maybe a bit like Hamburg HafenCity. Finkenwerder, on the other hand, has the charm of a fishing village, although the Airbus plant alone attracts around 50,000 visitors annually. I would like to take you on a tour to explore the area around Harburg and Finkenwerder and introduce you to some sights in the south of Hamburg.

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At De Stuvloden you can find beautiful souvenirs.
Lämmertwiete is one of the oldest streets in Harburg.

IN THE MORNING

Fisherman's houses and modern art

A perfect day around the Süderelbe should always begin outside, behind the dikes that prevent Finkenwerder from flooding. Starting from the pier, you only have to walk a few steps to find yourself in the town centre with its half-timbered buildings and fisherman's houses along narrow streets and alleyways. Beautiful Hanseatic souvenirs can be found at De Stuvloden (Auedeich 54) or at Bücherinsel Finkenwerder (Steendiek 40). If it’s market day, you should get yourself some old fruits that are barely known nowadays. These are sold directly by farmers from the Altes Land region. If you are looking for a bit more vibrant city feeling in the south of Hamburg, take a bus or S-Bahn to Hamburg-Harburg. From Harburg train station, just follow the path through the quaint lanes of the Lämmertwiete, a beautiful little street with cobblestones and crooked half-timbered houses. Also, don’t miss the old Phoenix rubber factory, now a modern shopping centre (Hannoversche Straße 86) with some great modern art details. This is where you can have a look at the famous Falckenberg Collection that also exhibits works by Daniel Richter and Jonathan Meese.

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Port Museum Lotsekai
Lotsekanal
The Harburg Marina
The former granary now houses the Silo 16 restaurant.

AT NOON

Between marina and animal park

Harburg’s inland harbour is always busy. Old silos and oil mills blend with modern residential and office buildings. The former granary, which houses the Italian restaurant Silo 16 (Schellerdamm 16), is always a great option for lunch or dinner. While enjoying your dish, you can watch the ducks in the water and have a walk through the marina afterwards. The Archaeological Museum Hamburg (Schlossstraße 2) offers insights into Harburg’s history and has more than 2,5 million catalogued objects. It has, therefore, the largest archaeological collection in northern Germany. Back in Finkenwerder, I stop for a bite in Landungsbrücke (Benittstraße 9), directly at the Elbe. The grilled salmon here is just exquisite. Then I get on my way to the Osterfeld dike, passing old farmhouses. Fruit and walnut trees can be found everywhere as well. The path will lead you directly to the Westerweiden conservation area. If you’re in luck, you might even spot wild geese here. The Airbus manufactories are nearby, too (Kreetslag 10).

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In the restaurant "zum Storchennest" there is a traditional plaice in Finkenwerder style.
The Rilano" offers a wonderful view of the water.

IN THE EVENING

A Fish Called Finkenwerder

This dish is known far beyond the south of Hamburg. Whoever speaks of fish Finkenwerder style means fried flatfish with crispy bacon and fried potatoes. Restaurant Zum Storchennest (Osterfelddeich 2) knows how to get this done like no other place. This rustic restaurant is an old farmhouse with a thatched roof located on a dyke. This is where Airbus employees, tourists and locals meet and mingle. If you are looking for a charming hotel for the night, you can’t go wrong with The Rilano (Hein-Saß-Weg 40), which offers a great river view from every room. Not least, people from Finkenwerder are always happy about visitors who are not only passing by on their way to the Altes Land but also take their time to look at what the peninsula has to offer. One day will barely be enough to discover everything – I swear!

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SHOPPING, EATING, DRINKING Discover rstaurants & shops

South of the Elbe, Hamburg is far from over! Here you will find some pearls of the Hanseatic city that are just waiting to be discovered by you.

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Silo 16

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In addition to regional fish cuisine in Hamburg, there are also other culinary highlights such as the Italian restaurant Silo 16. Here, they place particular value on a sophisticated atmosphere in combination with the finest Italian dishes. Furthermore, the location in the Hamburg-Harburg inland port is ideal and it offers a fantastic harbour view.

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Restaurant Silo 16

Schellerdamm 16
21079 Harburg

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Bolero Harburg

Southside Harburg

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Mediterranean-Mexican dishes as well as international cuisine and bar.

Southside Harburg

Bolero Harburg

Neue Str. 24
21073 Hamburg

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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.

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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.

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