Blankenese - The Italy of the North

The picturesque district of Blankenese was once home to ship owners and captains. Today, it has become an affluent and sought-after residential district – one of the most expensive within the borders of Hamburg. The name Blankenese can almost certainly be traced back to the name of the sandy bay upstream (“blanke Nes” = “white nose”), which can be seen on maps of the river Elbe as early as 1568 and which used to be a major obstacle to shipping on the Elbe. This small hillside community is particularly famous for its system of stairs, with 58 staircases and 4,864 steps – known locally as the “Treppenviertel” or the “stairs district”. The river beach at Blankenese is a great place for visitors to sunbathe, spot ships or walk the dog on cooler days. The community of Blankenese celebrated its 700th birthday in 2001.

The "Treppenviertel"

Particularly well-known is the small town for her stair system with 58 stairs and 4,864 steps - therefore one speaks of the "Treppenviertel" or "stairs district". The Elbe beach of Blankenese invites you in all seasons with a fantastic backdrop for sunbathing, ship spotting or on a slightly cooler days for walks with or without a dog.

The weekly market in Blankenese

A lot of activity can be observed on the market days at the Blankeneser weekly market. Here, the Blankeneseer and friends like to meet for a "Klönschnack" in the middle of the scramble.
The selection on the market is huge, e.g. fruits and vegetables, cut flowers and potted plants, meat products, different types of fish, fish salads, baked goods, delicious antipasti with different sauces and much more can be found.
The traditional Blankeneser weekly market has been around since 1929. Some of the market traders can thus already offer their goods here in their fourth generation.

Market days and market times:
Tuesday: 8 am - 2 pm
Friday: 8 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 1 pm


Strandweg 29, 22587 Hamburg, Germany


The pariking situation at the pier in Blankenese is quit difficult. Therefore we suggest to arrive by public transportation. 

Arrival with public transportation

You can take the HVV busline 488, also called "Bergziege", from the metro-station in Blankense to "Strandweg" which is next to the pier. To depature from the pier you take the same bus to the metro-station in Blankense. The transportation with those special busses trough the very small streets of the "stairs-quarter" is really worth it. 

The metro line S1 (at some times also S11) take you from the metro station Blankense backt to main station Hamburg.


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