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

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

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.



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
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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
Photo: Mathias Kröning @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Our insider tips

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?
  • 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!
Cover photo: calvinbasti, CC BY 2.0