Every now and then I get fed up with my city life. That’s when I develop a big craving for nature. One of the places I like to visit for my share of green peace and quiet is Niendorfer Gehege. Spreading roughly 150 hectares, it is the largest forest area in the district of Eimsbüttel with trees as old as 200 years.
It can be easily reached by public transportation and the first thing you’ll notice when you get off the bus is the air – it just smells amazing! A trip out here always feels a bit like a mini-vacation. Many locals come here to go for a stroll or a jog, to ride their horses or let their dogs have fun. In the center of the forest, you’ll find a large game reserve accommodating mainly fallow deer.
Recently, I discovered a beautiful yet mysterious place here: the Mutzenbecher Villa. It was built in 1900 by a successful businessman who spent the summer months here with his family. Although the building is in a rather desolate condition, it maintains some of its former beauty telling those with a vivid imagination stories about the olden days. In front of the porch, you can make out the remnants of the rose garden and the adjacent lake. The house was fully inhabited until the 1990s with only one party remaining today fighting to save this gem from demolition. Unfortunately, the house is only open to the public on special occasions, e.g. Open Memorial Day.