SHORT TRIP

Hamburg: Amazing walk along the river

Hamburg is one of my favorite cities! Not just because I lived there for more than 10 years. There are in fact lots of less nicer places in the popular city. But there exist a few areas you should not miss, when you stay a couple of days or longer in this German city. The river Elbe is very important for Hamburg. For the economy and trade as well as for the people. You can enjoy the river and amazing views at various locations. There are beach bars, camping places, ports like the famous “Landungsbr├╝cken”.

My long walk (about 20kms/12 miles) in Hamburg starts at the famous fishmarket. I head west, towards the districts Ottensen, Blankenese. Just one mile on a cobbled street, alternating between old houses with the classic red bricks and new houses. It’s pretty expensive here. Classy restaurants, exquisite supermarkets and noble design shops like the “Stilwerk“. Although I think there is anybody who could afford the expensives interior designs of the shop, I can only recommend the italien restaurant on the ground floor: Vincenzo serves great pasta and it’s not too expensive ­čśë

Not long and I am away from the streets. There is only a walkway with some houses and it’s getting greener.

A walkway at the Elbe in Hamburg, Ottensen

A walkway at the Elbe in Hamburg, Ottensen

You literally walk between houses and gardens, always with a great view at the Elbe and the port, which is the biggest seaport in Germany and the third biggest in Europe. While I walk, lots of boats, sailing ships, big ships, ferries or even cruisers.

Hamburg: View at the Elbe

Hamburg: View at the Elbe

After 1,5 hours you will arrive in Blankenese. It’s one of the most expensive districts in Hamburg. It’s a very green district with lots of big family houses, mansions and parks. A trip to the “Treppenviertel” (“stair district”) is a must, when the weather is good. I will blog about that sight later.

Hamburg: Walk with my running shoes

Hamburg, Blankenese: Walk with my running shoes

You walk on different heights along the Elbe. Sometimes more than 20 meters above, sometimes very close. The more I walk out of Hamburg, the less houses and people I see. After about 3 hours of walking, I am almost at my destination point: Wedel. But it seems like there is one detour, I HAVE to make, because of the gas power plant right in front of the trail. Many citiziens don’t understand, why the trail cannot be continued along the Elbe. Instead people have to accept a large curve and walk along the street in Wedel.

Nevertheless the last mile compensates the detour. My companion, the river, is back. And I enjoy flowers, meadows, trees and a great view.

Hamburg: Flowers along the Elbe

Hamburg: Flowers along the Elbe

Hamburg: Dandelion and other flowers

Hamburg: Dandelion and other flowers

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