If you happen to be strolling around the Treppenviertel (stair district; check the Treppenviertel article) in Blankenese – or even if you are not – this spot is truly worth a visit! Atop one of Hamburg’s hills (74.6m – I know, it’s more like a slight elevation) you’ll experience one of the most spectacular views of the Elbe river. Absolutely breathtaking!
Coincidentally, this spot is located in the middle of a Biergarten (“beergarden”) at the Süllberg hotel and restaurant. The venue is a bit on the ritzy side, but don’t let that deter you; it is very suitable for an afternoon drink or snack. Up here, you can feast your eyes on the beautiful wide section of the Elbe River as well as the pretty little houses with their charming little gardens. To me, this area of Hamburg has a special, almost magical atmosphere. It’s like a small town inside a city – wonderful!
In addition, this area is laden with historic significance: between the 9th and 11th century it was the location of various castles that served as a coordination point for the ferry service down below. After WW II, some 300 Jewish orphans were sent to Blankenese to be rehabilitated. They spent several months at the picturesque Warburg villa before relocating to Palestine. These young survivors became known as “die Kinder von Blankenese” (the children of Blankenese) and in 2010 their story was made into a movie.