With more than 420,000 residents, Wandsbek is Hamburg’s most populous district. It stretches all the way from Hamburg’s urban centre to the northeastern border with neighbouring state Schleswig-Holstein, and is characterised by wooded nature reserves and village-like neighbourhoods.
From urban to quaint
The 18 city quarters that comprise the administrative district of Hamburg-Wandsbek are: Eilbek, Marienthal, Tonndorf, Jenfeld, Wandsbek, Hummelsbüttel, Poppenbüttel, Sasel, Wellingsbüttel, Bramfeld, Farmsen-Berne, Steilshoop and Rahlstedt. The so-called “Walddörfer” (lit: forest villages) of Bergstedt, Duvenstedt, Lemsahl-Mellingstedt, Volksdorf and Wohldorf-Ohlstedt in Hamburg’s far northeast also belong to the district of Wandsbek.
Forests, meadows and parks
Bordering the eastern shores of the Outer Alster Lake, the urban quarters of Wandsbek are characterised by mostly quiet and affordable residential areas within easy access of Hamburg’s city centre — making them popular with young families. Farther north, Wandsbek shows its lush, green side. Upstream, the Alster river is flanked by public parks Teetzpark, Hennebergpark and Hohenbuchenpark. Another draw is Alstertal-Einkaufzentrum, Hamburg’s largest shopping mall. Even further out, parks turn into sprawling nature reserves such as Hainesch Iland and Rodenbeker Quellental, Duvenstedter Brook and Wohldorfer Wald: Hamburg’s oldest forestry district, established in 1770. All nature reserves are known for their unique flora and fauna and make for excellent walking and biking trips.