Parks in Hamburg
With its size of 150 hectares, the Hamburg Stadtpark in Winterhude is regarded as the “Garden” for everyone. The huge lawn in the center is also called “Festwiese”, which invites all visitors to barbeque or to relax. In the summer, many open air concerts are held at the outdoor stage. The lake in the Stadtpark is very popular for kayaking, stand-up paddling and canoeing. Among the most famous buildings in the Stadtpark, the Planetarium was built in 1912 in the northwestern part of the park and is considered one of the landmarks of Hamburg. Currently under reconstruction, but it will reopen by the end of 2016.
How to get there: S1 to Alte Wöhr (Stadtpark)
Planten un Blomen
Between the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) and St. Pauli is located the green heart of Hamburg. The unique themed gardens and the water fountain show are the highlights of the park. From May to September, at 10:00 pm daily, this light show with colorful water fountains moving in synchronization to the music, takes place.
How to get there: Holstenwall,20355 Hamburg / U3 to St. Pauli or U2 to Messehallen
Parts of the Jenischpark in Othmarschen, like the wetlands, are part of the nature conservation park Flottbektal. The “Jenischhaus” is located right in the park and was built by senator Jenisch in 1834 in classical style. Today the mansion houses an outpost of the Altona art museum. Not far from the house is the Ernst-Barlach-museum, which hosts numerous works of art by the eponymous artist.
How to get there: Elbchaussee (Othmarschen)
Alsterpark and Alsterwiesen
Situated around the Outer Alster Lake the Alsterpark is both popular by humans and swans and geese. On the east bank are large lawns, the so-called Alsterwiesen Schwanenwik, which are used by the local people for barbecue, sunbathing and picnics in summer. Additionally to the park landscape belong the white wooden chairs at the western shore which bring a British flair into the Alsterpark. Each year in May, the Japanese cherry blossom festival is held here, which attracts many visitors with a grand display of fireworks.
How to get there: Harvestehuder Weg (Harvestehude) / U1 to Hallerstraße for Alsterpark and U3 to Uhlandstraße for Alsterwiesen
Ohlsdorf park cemetery
The Ohlsdorfer cemetery is with its size of 391 hectares the largest park cemetery of the world. Here, celebrities such as the artist Philipp Runge and the politician Helmut Schmidt were buried. The park cemetery is a perennial oasis of privacy and reflection. Due to the large forest areas, meadows and romantic ponds, the cemetery gets the park character. Guided tours during summer, ther nature trail und a museum complete the activity possibilities of the park cemetery.
How to get there: Fuhlsbüttler Str. 756 (Ohlsdorf) / U1 to Ohlsdorf
Opened in 2013, the Wilhelmsburg Inselpark stands out with its design in the middle of the district Wilhelmsburg. The area has been redesigned for the International Garden Show (IGS) in 2013 and since the end of the International Garden Show upgraded and made available to the public. Who dares to “jump across the Elbe” will be rewarded with a variety of offers for young and old. For the two themes in the park, “Nature and Garden” and “sport and exercise”, many leisure facilities are offered.
How to get there: Am Inselpark (Wilhelmsburg) / S3 or S31 to Wilhelmsburg
In July a new park, the Lohsepark, opened as the green heart of the HafenCity. With its size of 4.4 hectares it’s the biggest contiguous park in this district and will serve as a place for leisure, natural life and sports. On the area stood formerly the Hanover station, which was used as a deportation center. A monument for this place is planned.
How to get there: U4 to HafenCity University