Staircase Quarter – Tour through Blankenese
Blankenese, downstream from the Elbe, is definitely worth a visit. The Treppenviertel (staircase district), which lives up to its name, is particularly interesting. If you want to explore the Treppenviertel on foot, you should have healthy knees and good shoes, because countless narrow and often steep staircases lead up and down. However, pretty old fishermen’s houses with their colourful gardens and, time and again, magnificent views of the Elbe are more than worth making this special excursion. There are no benches to rest on; you will only find them if you hike the stairs all the way down to the Elbe beach, where nice restaurants invite you to eat.
“Village”, country houses and stairway area
Blankenese, the "village
Blankenese can be reached from the main station with the S-Bahn S1. The name Blankenese comes from the Low German “blanke Ness”, which means as much as white headland. Today Blankenese has 13400 inhabitants and consists of a town center with a marketplace and a shopping street with many small stores, cafes and restaurants. A large Protestant church, built at the end of the penultimate century right next to the marketplace, with a very active congregation. The village is surrounded by numerous parks and stately country houses. In the “village,” as the people of Blankenes call their town, there are an unusually large number of banks, pharmacies, doctors’ offices and real estate offices, which says a lot about the age and wealth of the residents. The people of Blankenes look carefully at what they spend their money on; this is probably still in their genes from their descent from hard-working fishermen. Thus, it is far from them to spend a lot of money on a good meal, except for family celebrations in the star restaurant “Süllberg”. People like to live in nice big houses, but do not show their wealth to the outside world. A typical Blankenese resident can still be recognized by his ocher yellow corduroy trousers and green quilted jacket. Blankenese has many facets, and you should definitely explore them.
Country houses and parks
Large villas, markets and shopping street
The picturesque stair quarter of Blankenese can look back on 700 years of history, and the mix of old and new houses can be reached on 58 stairs with almost 5000 steps. One can imagine what a high-performance sport this is for the letter carrier in wind and weather. Even the small bus of the HVV, the “Bergziege”, which runs every ten minutes, in a round trip, from the Blankeneser station through the narrow streets of the Treppenviertel via Strandweg and Waseberg back, often faces great challenges in winter. The oldest existing house is the Schubacks Haus from 1698. The fishermen who built their little houses there on the hillside had to work hard to feed their families. For the original fishing they built the “Ewer”, a sailing boat with a particularly flat bottom, later it developed into large cargo ships and in the end the container ships. In December you can find the “Ewer” as a shining official Christmas decoration in the streets and especially in a big tree in front of the church at the market place. Down at the Elbe, at the Strandweg, a lighthouse had to give way now, which belonged to the picture of the stair quarter since eternal times. For many Blankeneser a sad event. A second one is being dismantled in Baurs Park. New locations became necessary because the shipping channel from Mühlenberger Loch is being widened by more than 150 meters, thus changing the directional light line. A new lighthouse in bright red and white was installed next to the jetty “Op’n Bulln” and the second one in Hirschpark. One could write a thick book about the history and today’s Stair Quarter, there is so much to tell about this special place. You just have to take a look at it yourself.
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- Duration: two to three hours and absolutely free
- Max. 6 people, no combination of different requests
- Meeting point and exact route: by agreement between guest and Greeter
- Request: please at least two weeks before desired date
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