Urban Hiking - Discover Hamburg's Green Belt
Make exciting discoveries about the wonderful green nature in Hamburg. We can spend a whole day in the countryside and yet be in the middle of Germany's 2nd biggest city.
Jürgen Brennert, our certified guide who has prepared this walk for us, is a passionate urban walker with many years' experience. Prepare to be entranced! Protected content
Hamburg is known as the Green Metropolis. Particularly typical are the tree-lined waterways, from the Elbe to the Alster, the Wandse and the Bille. But also the more than 30 nature reserves, the many parks, cemeteries and allotment garden areas contribute to this reputation. Together with the waterways, these open spaces lie like a green net over the city, linked by the 'Green Ring'.
On this tour we will explore a small part of the 'Green Ring'. Typical for this ring are the green strips which lead us through the residential areas into the Niendorfer Gehege. The Protected content forest area is home to 15 kilometres of hiking trails, 4 km of horse trails and a game park. At the end of Hamburg Airport’s Runway 5/23, we enter the realm of the allotment gardens. In Hamburg, some 33,000 plots, tended by 43,000 gardeners, provide ample green spaces. Later we reach the Alster, a 56 km long tributary of the river Elbe. The Alsterwanderweg leads us to Ohlsdorf cemetery. It is the world's largest park cemetery and is a central part of the Hamburg park landscape with more than Protected content species. There we will visit the "Women’s Garden", the “Black Shack” and stop briefly at the grave of Helmut Schmidt. At the end of the tour, we will cross the grounds of the open-air grave memorial museum, where artistically important tombs from the former Dammtor Cemetery are exhibited.
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