Stellingen Parks and Recreation
Most Hamburg residents know Stellingen, but mostly as that quarter somewhere along the train tracks and the A7 Autobahn – a high-traffic transit area between Eimsbüttel and the more rural suburbs of Eidelstedt and Niendorf. But there is more to Stellingen than just the busy street of Kieler Straße with its traffic and commercial areas: as part of the Hamburger Deckel, a large-scale construction project roofing the A7 Autobahn, there are plans to reconnect the quarter’s residential areas through family-friendly green areas including parks and playgrounds.
The most famous park in Stellingen is obviously the Tierpark Hagenbeck, one of Germany’s most popular zoos, which opened its gates to the public in 1907. Even if you’re not visiting the zoo, be sure to sneak a peek at Hagenbeckallee’s historic gate. Besides Hagenbeck, there are plenty more supreme recreational areas, such as the Eimsbüttler Stadtpark with the adjacent Kleingarten-Kolonien down Hagenbeckstraße, or the vast green area of Stellinger Schweiz bordering the Niendorfer Gehege.
Action for Small Town Heroes
Exploring the neighbourhood, you will find that despite being a part of Hamburg for more than 80 years, Stellingen has retained much of its very own town structure. Amidst the green areas and Kleingärten allotment gardens, Stellingen has its own volunteer fire brigade and an abundance of sports clubs. Sporting facilities include the football pitch Wolfgang Meyer and other football grounds, a velodrome and ice-skating rink featuring a unique roofing structure well worth seeing, as well as several tennis and squash courts.
Towering above the Kleingärten and visible from a far distance, the out-of-use Stellinger Wasserturm now serves as a residential home. Built in the early 20th century, unlike any other water tower in Hamburg, its entire west front was designed to mimic an enormously tall bourgeois residential house. Other more sacral points of architectural interest include the Fazle Omar Mosque, the second oldest mosque in Germany and the first one to be built after World War II, as well as the Russian-Orthodox Church of St. Procopius (Prokop-Kirche) with its distinct Russian-style onion-dome spires.
Along with the newly established green areas above the Hamburger Deckel, there are plans for a new town centre to be built at Sportplatzring between the Kieler Straße and Basselweg streets, complete with residential buildings and shops. This may create a better balance in retail infrastructure, as the majority of shops are located at the Stellinger Höfe shopping compound northwest of the A7. Also, the U5 line plans include a stop at Sportplatzring, providing an additional public transport connection to the city centre.
And besides the S21 and the U2 trains, Stellingen is traversed by the Veloroute 2 bike paths connecting Stellingen with Eidelstedt, Eimsbüttel, Schanze and the city. So avoid traffic jams and bike to work on a route both quick and beautiful.