Altona is the westernmost district of Hamburg and offers a lot of variety. The former Danish enclave offers urbanity, trendy districts and sandy beaches as well as rural tranquility and affluent Elbe suburbs. And in the middle of it there are numerous sights such as the fish market, the Elbe beach, the stair quarter or the People’s Park.
For a long time, the city of Altona was all too close or translated all too close to the upper class of Hamburg. The settlement, which was under Danish rule, was located right at the gates of Hamburg and was in great competition with the flourishing Hanseatic city for a long time. Today, everyone in Hamburg is probably happy to have the formerly small neighbor in the city area, because the Altona, which has always been alternative and liberal, has decisively shaped the image of Hamburg and forms a counterpoint to the commercial and busy Hanseatic city.
Such a contrast is already evident today within the westernmost district of Hamburg, where some of the richest and at the same time some of the lowest-income districts are located. Altona consists of three completely different parts: On the one hand there are the urban and densely built up trendy districts Ottensen, Altona-Altstadt, Altona-Nord and of course the Schanzenviertel. In the north, Altona is a bit loosened up with mixed development. In the districts Bahrenfeld, Groß Flottbek, Lurup, Osdorf there are large high-rise housing estates and apartment buildings as well as terraced houses and single-family houses. And then – in the far west – there are the affluent Elbe suburbs Blankenese, Othmarschen, Nienstedten, Iserbrook and Rissen with their villa districts.
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