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The border of Altona to the south is the River Elbe, and across the river the state Lower Saxony and the boroughs Harburg and Hamburg-Mitte. To the east is the borough Hamburg-Mitte and to the north is the borough Eimsbüttel. The western border is to the state of Schleswig-Holstein. According to the statistical office Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) the area of Altona was in 2006 77.5 km² or 29.9 sq mi.
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Die Altonale, a 14-day cultural festival in the entire Altona center with art, literature and theater festivities
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More about the History of Altona
Founded in 1535 as a village of fishermen, in 1664 Altona received city rights from Danish King Frederik III. Until 1864, Altona was one of the Danish monarchy's most important harbour towns. The railroad from Altona to Kiel (Kiel vacation rentals | Kiel travel guide), the Christian VIII Baltic Sea Rail Line (Christian VIII Østersø Jernbane), was opened in 1844.
The Greater Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) Act removed Altona from the Free State of Prussia in 1937 and merged it (and several surrounding cities) with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in 1938. On 1 February 2007 the Ortsämter (Precincts) in Hamburg were dissolved. In Altona were the precincts Blankenese (Blankenese vacation rentals | Blankenese travel guide), Lurup (Lurup vacation rentals | Lurup travel guide) and Osdorf with local offices. On 1 March 2008 the Schanzenviertel neighborhood, which had spanned across parts of the boroughs of Altona, Eimsbüttel and Hamburg-Mitte, became the Sternschanze quarter, the entirety of which is now in the Altona borough.
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Altona is the westernmost urban borough (Bezirk) of the German city state of Hamburg, on the right bank of the Elbe river. From 1640 to 1864 Altona was under the administration of the Danish monarchy. Altona was an independent city until 1937. In 2006 the population was 243,972.
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