Enjoy a romantic walk through the hillside settlement of Blankenese near Hamburg. Stroll past dreamlike villas and through parks, then see the famous…
Top sights in Hamburg
Take a break from city life in Hamburg and walk through the hills of the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, a neighborhood along the shores of the Elbe. Today unassuming, this quaint residential area has been a center of many ups and downs for Northern Germany.
Blankenese began as a small fishing village and stayed that way for centuries. It is here that one of the earliest ferries crossed the Elbe.
As part of the Duchy of Holstein, it was ruled by Danish kings beginning in 1460. In 1866 Holstein became a part of Prussia as a result of the Prussian-Danish War.
In 1927 Blankenese was deemed a part of the city of Altona. The Nazis declared Altona a part of the Free City of Hamburg in 1938.
Following the war, a rehabilitation center for Polish and Hungarian Jewish orphans who had survived the Holocaust was established on the Warburg estate.
A 5-star hotel sits on the highest hill, Süllberg, but in the 13th century there was a castle that citizens of Hamburg destroyed because its lords had looted the city’s merchants.
Treppenviertel is easily accessible from anywhere in Hamburg by the S-Bahn. Simply take the S1 to the end of the line and get out at Blankenese.
Hamburg is a pretty rainy place, so be sure to check the weather before you head out. Yet you will likely find it pleasant at all times of year with its cozy coffeehouses and picturesque streets.
- When should I visit?
- It's a quiet residential area, so don't expect much after 10:00PM
- Is it expensive?
- Will I need a guide?
- Not necessarily, but a bus or walking tour could make for a more engaging afternoon!
- How to get there
- Take the S-Bahn to Blankenese
- Additional information
- If you're visiting at Easter time go check out the bonfires on the beach!