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Wilhemsburg & Veddel

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Welcome to Wilhelmsburg & Veddel!

The Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg lies nestled between the North and South Elbe and impresses with its mixture of industrial arms and turbulent life with multicultural flair. The Wilhelmsburg Reiherstieg quarter with its old apartments, cafés and shops is very popular. Some also call it "little Berlin" because it's changing. And also the small neighbouring island "Die Veddel" has a lot to offer.

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IBA Energiebunker

The Energiebunker is much more than a regenerative power station - it is a place to learn about the building's history and to enjoy a coffee with a view.

IBA Energiebunker
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Emigrant Museum BallinStadt

The emigrant museum BallinStadt in Hamburg opens its doors and shows in its exhibition the emigration history from four epochs.

Emigrant Museum BallinStadt
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Science Center Wald im Wälderhaus

The WÄLDERHAUS at the Wilhelmsburger Inselpark in Hamburg is completely dedicated to the topic "Forest and Wood". Around 80 stations provide exciting explanations of how the forest influences the ecological system of our planet.

Science Center Wald im Wälderhaus

Vertical Sports Events Bungee Jumping

Dare to make a bungee jump from the 50 m/ 164 ft high harbour crane. Simply come by.

Bungee Jumping
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Nordwandhalle

The Nordwandhalle is the most modern climbing venue in northern Germany. With a total of 3,500 m² of climbing walls up to 17 m high, you can really cut loose here.

Nordwandhalle

MAGAZIN One day in Wilhelmsburg & Veddel

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Benjamin Branzko has lived on the Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg for 12 years.

Moin, my name is Benjamin Branzko

Ready for an island visit? You don’t need to drive very far for that in Hamburg. Across the Elbe river down south, Wilhelmsburg and Veddel are nearby. One can quickly get there with the S-Bahn from Hamburg’s central station. I am Benjamin Branzko and I have been living on the Elbe Island of Wilhelmsburg for 12 years. Hamburg Wilhelmsburg has become very popular but is still not too overcrowded. Here, the rent for students and creatives is still affordable, which is the reason why more and more families move here to live. With its historic buildings, cafés and shops, the Wilhelmsburg Reiherstieg area is especially popular. And then there is the little neighbouring island of Veddel, which has much more to offer than just industry. I would like to show you which spots on the islands are particularly pretty.

Would you have known?

Wilhelmsburg has buildings that are run by algae – the BIQ Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. They are the first buildings ever in the world to produce energy through a photobioreactor.

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The emigrant museum BallinStadt can be reached by bus line 13
Veddel railway station

IN THE MORNING

On your way with the “Wild 13”

My perfect day starts either with pastéis de nata, Portuguese custard tarts, or with a savoury breakfast, maybe scrambled eggs at Café Seu (Veringstraße 26). When the weather is nice, you can sit outside and observe the street. My midmorning plan is to take a little trip to Veddel. “On to Veddel”, as we say here in Hamburg. Wilhelmsburg’s small neighbouring island has a scarce 5,000 inhabitants. Families of different backgrounds add a flair of multiculturalism to the area. Since early on, internationality impacted the history of the island of Veddel: The Emigration Museum BallinStadt documents the dreams and fears of more than 5 million migrants who moved through Hamburg to America. To get there, you need to get on the “Wild 13” – as the much-needed bus no. 13 is called - at the bus stop Mannesallee. It also takes you to the S-Bahn station Veddel, which is only 150 metres away from the museum.

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The Wilhelmsburg Island Park offers not only relaxation and tranquillity but also sports and leisure opportunities
Quiddje design shop

AT NOON

Nature, culture and a view of the Elbe

Back to the neighbouring island, a visit to Wälderhaus is a good recommendation for a quick bite (Am Inselpark 19) at Inselpark in Wilhelmsburg. The menu changes every month and convinces guests with fresh, seasonal dishes (also vegan). In the afternoon, the plan is to visit the conservation area Heuckenlock. You can take bus no. 351 from the bus stop Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg to Freiluftschule Moorwerder. A nice path leads along the dyke and below the trees to the beacon at Bunthäuser Spitze. Here, you can go up the stairs of the green-white wooden lighthouse, and you will have a wonderful view of the spot where the river splits into southern and northern Elbe. On weekends, I like to go to the Reiherstieg district – especially to Café vju at the Energiebunker (Neuhöfer Street 7). Cake here is very tasty. If you add this to the delightful view over whole Wilhelmsburg up to the port of Hamburg, there you have the icing on the cake. Before dinner, I would like to dive into the art scene of the area and take a walk to Atelierhaus 23 (Am Veringhof 23). The artistic community shows many pieces created by graphic artists, photographers and sculptors in-house. Nearby, there is the design shop Quiddje (Veringstraße 65), where you can take a look at the selection of handmade and local products.

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The Restaurant Flutlicht offers a variety of dishes

IN THE EVENING

A touch of Orient

The evening has come. If you get hungry, you can get to know many cuisines of this world in the smallest of spaces. Restaurant Flutlicht, for example, offers a very versatile menu. I decide to go for “Mamas hausgemachtes Ashak” – an Afghani speciality that consists of dumplings filled with salmon. I am going to end the evening with the best Gin cocktails in town: In Minibar Moralia, barkeeper Johnny creates his drinks every Thursday and Friday night. (Am Veringhof 21). Incredibly good. For those who would rather stay sober, I recommend you try his basil lemonade. 

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SHOPPING, EATING, DRINKING Discover restaurants & shops

The Elbe islands are not only the home of an especially maritime history of Hamburg, but they also reveal the city's special culinary culture. And you can shop and stroll here just as well.

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Beer garden "Zum Anleger"

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The owner-managed beer garden "Zum Anleger" invites you to relax, celebrate and drink beer in the middle of the green Wilhelmsburg. Sunbathing in a deck chair on the canal has rarely been so idyllic!

Beer garden "Zum Anleger"

Biergarten Zum Anleger

Vogelhüttendeich 123
21107 Hamburg

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Café Flutlicht

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Café Flutlicht is designed in warm red tones and encourages visitors to linger a while.

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Café Flutlicht

Veringstraße 14
21107 Hamburg

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Café Vju

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The Café Vju is a very special kind of café.

Café Vju

Café vju

Neuhöfer Straße 7
21107 Hamburg

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Deichdiele

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Looking for a place that has everything? You’ll find it in Wilhelmsburg as soon as you enter the Deichdiele. It’s a bar, a coffee place and an open space at the same time for the people of the neighborhood and other locals who enjoy taking a trip to the south of the city that has a lot to discover.

Deichdiele

Deichdiele

Veringstraße 156
21107 Hamburg

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Quiddje

Delicacies, accessories and special gifts can be found in the “Quiddje” shop community.

Quiddje

Quiddje

Veringstraße 65
21107 Wilhelmsburg

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