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 4864 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.


Directions: Strandweg 29, 22587 Hamburg, Germany. Coordinates: 53.5566226, 9.8045381


There are very few parking spaces at the Blankenese ferry terminal. We strongly recommend that you travel by public transport (see below).

Arrive by public transport

From Blankenese train station, take HVV bus 48, the so-called “Bergziege” or “mountain goat”, towards Strandweg, directly to the jetty. Or from the jetty to Blankenese train station. The bus runs every 10 minutes throughout the day. A journey on this special bus through the streets of the stairs district is an adventure in itself.
The trains on line S1 (and occasionally S11) will take you from the station back to Hamburg or on to Wedel.