Schanzenviertel attracts visitors with boutiques, bars, restaurants, cafés, a quirky vibe and alternative nightlife.
Schanzenviertel (lit. redoubt quarter) is located southwest of Schanzenpark. The name refers to the former fortifications outside of the city that protected Hamburg from the advances of Danish troops in 1686. Previously, the area was divided between the districts of Altona, Mitte and Eimsbüttel until it became it became its own quarter under administrative supervision of Altona in 2008.
Without a doubt, Sternschanze is the counter-cultural centre of the city. Here, you can browse through independent record stores and boutiques or enjoy the cosy cafés, lively pubs and bars around the Schulterblatt street. The area is especially popular among young locals, who will gladly leave the Reeperbahn to the tourists.
Historically a distinctly working-class neighbourhood, the last decades brought about gentrification during which many of the buildings were renovated. Simultaneously, rent in the area sharply increased and many of the original residents moved out. Rote Flora, a former theatre turned autonomous youth centre and squat since 1989, functions as a symbol of the area's strong alternative scene and is now known for its wide array of political and cultural events.
The Schanzenpark with its green areas is a popular meeting place for the young and old alike. The Schanzenturm (Schanzen tower) is the undisputed eye-catcher of the park. It was finished in 1910 and served as Europe’s biggest water tower until 1961. In 2005, the 60-metres-tall building was reconstructed into a hotel.