Elbe beach Stroll, relax and watch the ships on the Elbe beach

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The Elbe beach near Övelgönne is a pretty hot tip in summer. When the temperatures rise and the sun burns, nothing is more refreshing than a jump into the cool water.

On the Elbe beach you can not only enjoy the sun and relax, but also take part in a variety of leisure activities. Locals and tourists use the kilometre-long beach on the Elbe for walks in summer and winter and to watch the huge container ships in the harbour. Sports enthusiasts can be seen jogging or walking. At certain places on the Elbe beach barbecues are allowed. However, you must ensure that no litter is left behind afterwards. But you can also enjoy a picnic with friends on Hamburg's Elbe beach. There are some hotels near the Elbe beach. It is also possible to camp near the beach. A special attraction is located directly on the Elbe beach. This is where the boulder "The old Swede" lies. This stone was found during excavations on the Elbe in 1999. The large boulder weighs 217 tonnes.

On the Elbe beach in Hamburg, there is plenty to see. At the Neumühlen docks you will find the Museumshafen with its impressive historic ships. The signs inform visitors about the individual ships and the history of the small harbour. Nearby there are many charming cafés, restaurants and in the summer also a Beach Club. At almost all the cafés you can sit outside in the sun. Famous here is the trendy café Strandperle which lies right on the beach. Almost immediately next to Museumshafen begins the beautiful Elbe beach.

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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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