Treppenviertel, Blankenese District and Beaches
The so-called Treppenviertel (lit. stairs quarter) in Blankenese, with its winding alleys and small mansions by the river is a picture-perfect postcard image. White houses spread a Mediterranean feel. This tranquil little beauty spot in Hamburg's westernmost part stands in glaring contrast to the Hanseatic city’s inner-city trouble. No wonder that the rich and famous regularly swarm Blankenese quarter for a short vacation.
However, there is another main difference that meets the eye: Blankenese quarter is far and wide the most hilly terrain. That is why you can climb about 5,000 steps here and the Strandtreppe (lit. beach staircase) alone has 170 steps. Tours around the Trepperviertel will lead you along Wilhelminian style houses and the church by the market square, through parks and up and down staircases time and time again.
Climbing the top of Süllberg, with its 72 metres, will reward you with a dreamlike view over the Elbe riverbed, the container ships in the harbour as well as the Airbus grounds in Finkenwerder. On the terraces of Süllberg, beer gardens are perfect for a break, whereas the Elbe beach, after you mastered the descend successfully, offers a magnificent backdrop for a stroll along the waterfront. Last but not least the former fishing village calls its own an interesting history.
More information on Blankenese can be found here: http://www.hamburg-travel.com/attractions/best-of-hamburg/blankenese/