It was mentioned as an afterthought by a local. “Oh, and if you’re looking for a relaxing Sunday stroll, check out Blankenese by the water”.
I’d been fishing for places to explore around Hamburg beyond St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn. This place – Blankenese – sounded ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon away from Hamburg’s hum. I decided to take her up on that suggestion.
So on a warm spring day, I headed out to the waterfront community of Blankenese; barely twenty minutes from Hamburg’s city center on the S1 bahn towards Wedel. One of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, Blankenese was a former fishing village located along the banks of the Elbe river. Today, wealth is scribbled across its white walls and cool pastel-colored mansions that are etched into hilly landscapes with pink magnolias, cherry blosssoms, and spring flowers strung across like pearl necklaces. A cobblestoned trek along the winding “Strandtreppe” (beachstairs) takes you down to a sandy white beach along the river’s edge where you can watch freight ships slowly sail towards Hamburg’s harbor.
Most of the afternoon was spent people-watching while soaking up sun rays on the beachfront patio of The Strand Hotel, an iconic fixture in Blankenese built in 1902. Over a simple yet exquisite brunch of currywurst and freshly baked bread, I felt myself begin to relax. My early morning dash to the Hamburg Fish Market on the very same day seemed a distant memory.
German spoken all around me. Not one foreign language detected. It seemed this was a place Hamburgers themselves escaped to. To clear their minds, take slow Sunday strolls, and enjoy long brunches with glasses of orange prosecco and mimosa cocktails glistening in the sun.
Here was my lazy Sunday afternoon in photos from Blankenese.
You can check out more photos from Blankenese in my image bank. As part of the #JoinGermanTradition campaign, I explored the Hanseatic cities of Hamburg and Bremen as a guest of the German National Tourism Board.