Neighbourhood profile: Hamburg-Altona
The district of Altona in Hamburg is the westernmost of the total seven districts in the Hanseatic city. Altona was an independent city until 1938, when it was annexed to the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Altona runs parallel to the Elbe River and has a real recreational paradise in the form of the Elbe beach, which attracts visitors and locals alike when the weather is nice. The district covers an area of almost 78 km² and is home to a total of about 270,000 inhabitants. Hamburg owes its coat of arms with the iconic city gate to the district or the former city of Altona, as this motif formed the city arms of Altona as early as 1664. The district of Hamburg-Altona has always been considered rather liberal and alternative and has been able to preserve this reputation. Many well-known personalities come from here, for example the filmmaker Fatih Akin, the publisher Axel Springer or the soccer player Christian Rahn.
275,264 (as of December 31, 2019)
3,556 inhabitants / km²
Hamburg Elbe beach
Especially on sunny days, Hamburg's Elbe beach tempts you to take wonderful walks: The shore offers 8 km of real sandy beach.
Altona town hall
The Altona Town Hall on the Platz der Republik is a historical building influenced by the Italian Renaissance.
The Altona Balcony offers a breathtaking panorama over Hamburg, about 27 meters above the Elbe River.
Hamburg fish market
Popular with tourists and locals alike: The fish market and the restored fish auction hall.
The six-story office building on the banks of the Elbe in the shape of a parallelogram is one of the most unusual buildings in Hamburg.
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