One of Hamburg's geographically largest districts is also its least-populated. Bergedorf stands for quiet living surrounded by marshes, forests and fields — all within easy reach of the city centre. Bergedorf consists of 14 quarters: Allermöhe, Altengamme, Bergedorf, Billwerder, Curslack, Kirchwerder, Lohbrügge, Moorfleet, Neuallermöhe, Neuengamme, Ochsenwerder, Reitbrook, Spadenland and Tatenberg.
The eponymous Bergedorf quarter is the most lively of them all. It features a railway station, a pedestrian shopping zone with half-timbered houses, and its very own historic castle: Schloss Bergedorf, home to the Bergedorf Museum and a yearly Christmas market. Other sites of interest include the historic windmill, Bergedorfer Mühle, and the astronomical observatory Sternwarte Bergedorf.
Rivers and green oases
For nature lovers, there’s a lot to like about Bergedorf district. It is home to Hamburg’s largest nature preserve, Kirchwerder Wiesen, as well as many smaller green oases. An especially popular day-trip destination is Boberger Düne: Hamburg’s only sand dunes.
Bordered by the Elbe river and traversed by tributaries Dove-Elbe and Gose-Elbe, Bergedorf is also very much a water district. A great way to explore Bergedorf to bike along the Elbe Cycle Route — all the way to Dresden, if you like! And sailing enthusiasts might have heard of Wasserpark Dove-Elbe and its professional regatta course. The adjacent lake Eichbaumsee is great for swimming, kayaking and summer picnics. It is also the picturesque venue of Wutzrock: a free music festival that takes place every year in August.
Historic farms and memorials
History buffs (and their kids!) shouldn’t miss Rieck Haus, located in Curslack. This typical, North-German farmhouse was built in 1533 is now part of an open air museum showcasing farm life through the ages. Other sites of interest are the Glockenhaus garden in Billwerder, the windmill Riepenburger Mühle and the historic farm Hof Eggers.
Hamburg-Bergedorf is also where the Nazi regime ran its Neuengamme concentration camp. Today, visitors come to the memorial site to learn about the history of this sight and to pay respect to victims of the Third Reich.
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