Treppenviertel Blankenese

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5 Historic Facts about Treppenviertel in Blankenese

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.

  • A Fishing Village

    1. A Fishing Village

    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.

  • Danish, Then Prussian Territory

    2. Danish, Then Prussian Territory

    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.

  • Altona

    3. Altona

    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.

  • The Warburg Children Health Home

    4. The Warburg Children Health Home

    Following the war, a rehabilitation center for Polish and Hungarian Jewish orphans who had survived the Holocaust was established on the Warburg estate.

  • Where A Castle Once Stood

    5. Where A Castle Once Stood

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get There

    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.

  • When to Go

    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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    It's a quiet residential area, so don't expect much after 10:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Free!
  • 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!

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What people are saying about Treppenviertel Blankenese

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Great ride with an entertaining and competent moderator. We saw the harbor with buildings on the banks as far as Blankenese, we were up to the Airbus company and on the way back we made a detour to the container terminal, where we also learned a lot of interesting facts. The only negative thing I have to say was that you specified Landungsbrücke 1 as the meeting point, but the departure was at 9 at the other end. Otherwise a great ride.

Nice, flexible guide learned a lot about Blankenese

Mr. Lilli, is very personable and above all flexible. He was great on all our requests. (Which is not very easy with a family ties with people between the ages of 1-70 years) :-) We also have a lot to learn as native hamburger and experienced a wonderful walk! Thanks a lot! Gladly again

We can highly recommend this beautiful trip to Blankenese. Great big ship and great explanations. The 2 hours are worth it.

Find out everything you need to know about the port and around it in a beautiful two-hour boat trip.

Very nice trip, entertaining, fun, very informative