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Hamburg districts – City-Wohnen’s guide to the different neighborhoods in Hamburg

From Eppendorf to Winterhude to Altona, there is something for everyone in Hamburg. Every district in the Hanseatic city is special in its own way, worth living in, and definitely worth a visit.

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One of Hamburg’s secrets is that its districts are like wonderful small towns making up a larger, unique city. Whether located close to the city center or a little further out, many Hamburg districts have their own small, charming town center with its own character and infrastructure. This has the added advantage of making the distances to the nearest supermarket, pharmacy or favorite restaurant short and manageable. With all these options, however, one starts to ask “Which district suits me best?” In our detailed district descriptions, we tell you everything you need to know about Hamburg's individual neighborhoods and hope to provide you with the answer to this question.

Hamburg has over 70 neighborhoods

Some neighborhoods have many oases of parks and waterways while others boast the urban advantages of culture, street life and peoplewatching. What they all have in common is the good transport connections. The well-developed public transport network and the many bicycle stations get you everywhere in the city easily so you can explore at your leisure.

Those born in Hamburg love their city as a matter of course. Then there are those who come to Hamburg, planning to stay just for a while, and then never want to leave. What’s the attraction? There are other big cities in Germany and around the globe. Why does Hamburg have such charm?

What makes the individual Hamburg districts so unique? Let us tell you:

Boat watching

Come down to the harbor to see the ships come and go. There is quite a variety to check out: cargo ships, cruise ships, numerous ferries, small motorboats, and low-lying barges. We also have the Alster Lake right in the middle of the city. This gem is a playground for water enthusiasts of all kinds. On sunny days (yes, there are plenty of sunny days in Hamburg despite reports to the contrary), pedal boats, kayaks, and sailing boats cavort on the Alster. Those who prefer to stay on dry ground can still enjoy this unique image of the most beautiful city in the world from the shores.

Where The Beatles found their beat

John, Paul and George met Ringo in Hamburg’s notorious St. Pauli district. So they say, we don't know if this is true. Also called the Kiez or the Reeperbahn, St. Pauli is still home to hustle and bustle, music, bars and pubs ranging from chic to dingy. This district offers an infinite number of cultural offerings and restaurants to suit every taste and budget.

Hanseatic DNA - cosmopolitan to the core

Meet the modern members of the Hanseatic league, for whom a stiff breeze is the order of the day and driving rain is lovingly described as "high humidity." We also have a flourishing economy.... And if we feel we “must go down to the sea again,” we can be at the North or Baltic Sea in no time.

Green spaces galore

From the Niendorfer Gehege with the Hirschpark, the Hamburg Stadtpark with lake, swimming pool and planetarium, to Planten und Blomen with greenhouses and water features, to the Volkspark with tobogganing hill and forest, there are an enormous number of possibilities to get back to nature in Hamburg.

Curious about the Hamburg districts? Here are our descriptions!

Please feel free to read through our district information and form your own picture! Is furnished living in Hamburg an option for you? Then register here free of charge and let us find your new apartment together!

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