This district, built along the river Elbe, comprises Hamburg's best-known quarters, including the harbour, the shopping streets and historic buildings of Altstadt, the many fine restaurants of Neustadt, colourful St. Georg, the amusement district of St. Pauli and the city's newest quarter, HafenCity Hamburg. South of the Elbe, there is Wilhelmsburg. It's furthermore home to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg music venue and the Speicherstadt: a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Once under Danish rule, Altona used to be a thriving city of its own until it became part of Hamburg in 1937. Today, the city's hip hotspot Sternschanze with its many cafes and bars is as much part of Altona as is picturesque Blankenese. Ottensen, the area surrounding Altona station, is a popular shopping district and has many great restaurants to boot.
A little quieter but still not far from the action, Eimsbuettel is shaped strongly by the university campus located on the western banks of the Alster lake. Students roam the many cafes on Grindelallee and Osterstrasse, while young urban families pay a visit to Hagenbeck’s Zoo or go for a relaxing stroll through the Alsterpark.
North of the Alster lake there is Hamburg-Nord. With the Stadtpark (city park) and the Ohlsdorf cemetery, this borough boasts two of the city's largest green areas. In Winterhude, adjacent to the Alster lake, you can find some of the most magnificent city mansions while Fuhlsbuettel, further north, is mainly known for the Hamburg Airport.
By far the most citizens of Hamburg have their home in Wandsbek. From rows and rows of characteristic red-brick townhouses to the village-like pace in the Northeastern part of the city, life here is diverse ─ and more affordable than West of the Alster lake.
Even more rural is Hamburg's largest district. Tranquil Bergedorf has by far the lowest population density. Here you can take long bike rides along the Elbe river or through the forest. Yet, it is also here where the Nazis ran their Neuengamme concentration camp. Today, visitors come to the memorial site to learn about the history of the Third Reich.
Last but not least, south of the Elbe river there is Harburg. Here you can find the Hamburg University of Technology. The surrounding fruit-growing region of Altes Land is great for taking long, relaxing bike rides away from the stress of the inner city.