Treppenviertel Tours

If you think Hamburg only has flat landscapes, think again! The Treppenviertel in Blankenese, Altona, is a small neighborhood located on a slope directly above the Elbe River. About 5,000 stairs lead through a cozy group of small mansions and historic houses, up to a beautiful view of the Port of Hamburg. The former fishing village is now a popular tourist destination, and a residential area for wealthy citizens of Hamburg. One of Germany’s prettiest hiking trails runs along the banks of the Elbe River to Blankenese.

With meandering alleys and white-painted houses, the Treppenviertel has a relaxed Mediterranean vibe — it almost feels like a resort on the Riviera. The Blankeneser Bahnhofstrasse (the area’s main street) is home to a weekly market, a picturesque church, and numerous cafes, restaurants, and ice-cream parlors. Wonderful views of the container ships entering and leaving the Port of Hamburg tempt the visitor to stay and watch, and there’s also a lighthouse that’s open to tourists. A great way to see Blankenese is by boat, on a harbor tour.

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The Treppenviertel in Blankenese is a small gem in west Hamburg that offers a contrast to the hustle and bustle of the main city. There are a total of 5,000 steps in the district — there are 170 steps on the beach alone. Exploring the town center, the many different stairways, and walking through the park are the main attractions of this neighborhood; seeing the area by boat on a harbor tour is another popular way to visit. The Bergziegen (minibuses of bus line #48), which only operate in Blankenese, wind through the Treppenviertel. You can also get there on the S1 or S11, station ‘Blankenese.’
Address: Treppenviertel, Hamburg, Germany
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Hamburg Riverside Tour - Elbe River

Explore the landscapes around the Elbe River on this 2.5-hour Hamburg riverside tour. Hop aboard your double-decker bus and head along the beautiful Elbchaussee. Admire luxurious 19th-century villas on route to the charming hillside district of Blankenese. Follow your guide on a walking tour through Treppenviertel then board your ferry and cross the Elbe River. Continue by bus into the attractive Altes Land countryside, famous for its fertile orchards. On route back to Hamburg, take in fine city views from Kohlbrandt Bridge then return to port via Hamburg's Harbor City.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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