Hamburg Neighborhood Guide

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Hamburg HafenCity, Mitte
Hamburg HafenCity, Mitte

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The maritime city of Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) belongs to the most beautiful cities in Germany, and the best way to visit it with a Hamburg neighborhood guide in hand. The city's 7 boroughs include many different neighborhoods that offer a wide variety of sights, entertainment, and activities. The following Hamburg neighborhood guide should give you an idea which area matches your interests best.

During the day the busiest neighborhood is “Mitte”, Hamburg’s actual city center. Within this neighborhood lies the city’s largest shopping area and business district that spreads from Hauptbahnhof (central station) to Gänsemarkt. Besides, this neighborhood embeds the seaport, the historic Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s new harbor city, the red-light district St. Pauli, and the inner lake Alster. Despite the many historical sights, most theatres, the opera, almost all musical theatres and many museums are located in “Mitte”.

Next to “Mitte” follows the neighborhood of “Altona” in the Northwest. This area contains the quarter of Ottensen, a former Danish village that became one of the hippest areas in town. Ottensen’s competitor is the quarter of “Schanzenviertel”, a former skid row that transformed into the city’s latest nightlife hub and shopping district. Both neighborhoods offer many restaurants, bars and clubs as well as hip fashion brands. Next to its trendy quarters, Altona (Altona vacation rentals | Altona travel guide) also embeds the classy Blankenese (Blankenese vacation rentals | Blankenese travel guide), the most prestigious neighborhood in Hamburg. Blankenese is known for impressive mansions, lovely little homes and a relaxing village-like atmosphere along river Elbe.

The borough of “Eimsbüttel” adjoins “Mitte” in the North and is characterized by the fancy art nouveau quarters Harvestehude, Rotherbaum, and Eimsbüttel. Besides beautiful buildings these areas are popular because of their hip restaurants, bars, and shops and the closeness to outer lake Alster.

Eppendorf and Winterhude (Winterhude vacation rentals | Winterhude travel guide) are two other upscale art nouveau quarters and located within the neighborhood of “Nord”. They also feature many shops, restaurants, and bars and are popular residential areas as well. The other areas of “Nord” had to be re-built after massive damages in World War II and are characterized by larger apartment complexes. However, the further you get to the city skirts the more scenic and rural it gets.

Another neighborhood in Hamburg’s northern area is called “Wandsbek”. It contains many single-family homes at its northern city skirts and larger apartment complexes in the center that were also built after World War II.

The last two neighborhoods that shouldn’t be missed in this Hamburg neighborhood guide are located south of Elbe River and named “Harburg” and “Bergedorf”. They line the city-state and embed many residential and rural areas but also many industrial structures the closer you get to river Elbe and the harbor. Within “Harburg” you also have the diverse quarter of Wilhelmsburg, which slowly develops into the city’s next hip spot.

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This travel guide has been written by Patricia Eggers.

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