Relocation Hamburg: apartments, house & popular districts

Moving Hamburg – Hamburg is one of the largest and most popular cities in Germany, attracting thousands of new residents every year who want to start a new phase of their lives in Hamburg. But moving to a new city raises many questions: Apartment or house? And above all: in which district should I best look? We have compiled the most popular and exciting districts of Hamburg for you in short info blocks so that you can quickly get a comprehensive overview of Hamburg’s districts and hopefully soon find the perfect new home for you. Whether it’s an apartment, a detached house or a loft with a view of the Elbe: Hamburg has something to offer for everyone!

Eimsbüttel: Gastronomy, hustle and bustle in central location

Eimsbüttel is not only one of the most popular districts in Hamburg, but also one of the most densely populated. This is mainly due to its central location and perfect transport links and infrastructure. In addition, Eimsbüttel has many parks, green spaces and a cityscape characterised by old buildings. The rents are considered quite moderate, which makes the district particularly popular with young families. The lively Schanzenviertel makes Eimsbüttel an even more attractive district, as it boasts numerous cafés and bars.

Schanzenviertel: Restaurants, Cafés & Nightlife

Known beyond the city limits, the “Schanze” is one of the hippest neighborhoods in Hamburg. The Schanzenviertel is now managed from Altona, but is just as close to Eimsbüttel. The Schanze is mainly known for its many restaurants, cafés and bars, which invite you to linger or party both during the day and in the evening. Eimsbüttel thus combines quiet family life with dynamic gastro flair.

Key figures:

  • Population: 58,004
  • Area: 3,2 km²
  • Population density: 18,126 inhabitants/km²

Hafen City: Hamburg Mitte on the Elbe & North Sea

Hafen City is one of the newer and more modern districts of Hamburg. The district is being built on a no longer used port area directly on the Elbe/North Sea and a large part of the district is on the water. Various modern residential buildings with a view of the water have already been built here and the district is still growing. In addition to residential buildings, many shops and restaurants have already opened their doors to the new clientele. According to the development plan, the district is to be completed by 2030. In addition to apartments, numerous offices have also been built in the residential and working quarters. Demand for residential and commercial properties is already above average due to the unique location and modern flair.

View of the water: central living on the Elbe & North Sea

The location of Europe’s largest inner-city urban development project is absolutely unique and definitely the strongest argument for this district. Hafen City is located directly on the Elbe and North Sea and many of the ultra-modern residential and office buildings captivate with unique views of the water. Hafen City is also very centrally located in Hamburg Mitte and the connections to the city centre and pedestrian zone are excellent. Living with a holiday view and still in the middle of the city: that is Hafen City.

Key figures:

  • Population: 4,925
  • Area: 2,4 km²
  • Population density: 2,052 inhabitants/km²

Winterhude: villa district & luxury apartments

This quiet district is located in the north of Hamburg and is divided into several zones. The north is characterised by tranquil old and new buildings, as well as traditional shops and boutiques. In the east and south of Winterhude you will find charming villas and corresponding entertainment and shopping facilities. Winterhude is particularly popular because of its location on the Außenalster, the Hamburg Stadtpark and its proximity to the city centre. Rental and purchase prices in this district are accordingly above the city average.

Charming villas & city park on the banks of the Alster

Winterhude is considered one of the more affluent districts of Hamburg. This district gets its unique charm from its many charming, well-preserved city villas from the 19th century, which are spread out along the banks of the Alster. In addition, Winterhude convinces with its green soul: here lies the extensive Hamburg City Park, which invites you to go for a walk or do some sports. Cafés and restaurants are also not lacking in the street Mühlenkamp. The perfect neighbourhood for families and people who strive for idyll and exercise in the fresh air.

Key figures:

  • Population: 55,491
  • Area: 7,6 km²
  • Population density: 7,301 inhabitants/km²

Bergedorf: apartment buildings, villas & idyllic parks

Bergedorf is located in the southeast of Hamburg and is an extremely heterogeneous district. You can find apartment buildings next to high-rise developments and villa quarters, which makes the district almost feel like its own little city. Bergedorf is particularly popular because of Hamburg’s 13,000 hectares of flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. It is therefore not surprising that the demand for rental and purchase properties is also relatively high here. The harbour at Serrahn, Bergedorf Castle and the charming old town are just some of the sights of this district.

A district for everyone with good connections

Bergedorf impresses with its size and its diverse housing options. This district contains high-priced villas as well as apartments in apartment blocks that are cheaper to get hold of. Despite the heterogeneous settlement of the district, the population density is relatively low, which makes life there a little quieter. Bergedorf is an attractive residential area for singles as well as for couples and families, which is located a little further out and therefore offers a certain peace and quiet. Thanks to a good infrastructure, you can still get to the city centre quickly.

Key figures:

  • Population: 35,796
  • Area: 10,3 km²
  • Population density: 3,475 inhabitants/km²

Ottensen – Altona: lively quarter with old buildings

Ottensen is located in the west of the city of Hamburg and is particularly well connected due to its proximity to Altona station. This district is very lively and you will find mainly old buildings here. Ottensen also offers a wide range of shopping opportunities and the nightlife here is also impressive. The proximity to the Elbe and the many cultural venues located here make Ottensen a particularly popular district. Art and culture can be found here, especially in former industrial facilities that have been converted for cultural purposes. Many young families and academics live here, although rents are still rising due to the popular location in Hamburg.

Culturally diverse city centre

In the meantime, Ottensen has become the literal trendy district, which is attractive for many young and older apartment seekers. The central connection to the city centre and attractive shopping facilities are clear arguments for this district. Many old houses have been renovated and shine in new splendour without losing their historic charm. The cultural offerings in Ottensen are diverse and attract above all middle-class families, academics and those interested in culture. Ottensen has a variety of nationalities and a lively nightlife, making it an attractive and lively district where many Hamburgers also like to make a pilgrimage to party.

Key figures:

  • Population: 35,585
  • Area: 2,8 km²
  • Population density: 12,709 inhabitants/km²

Dulsberg: Upcoming quarter with tranquillity and clinker brick charm

Dulsberg is a Hamburg district that is not yet on many people’s radar when it comes to exciting neighbourhoods in Hamburg. But Dulsberg is definitely one to keep an eye on: For a long time, this part disappeared under the name Barmbek, but now Dulsberg is a district in its own right. In terms of area, it is one of the smallest districts of Hamburg, but architecturally, the inconspicuous-looking quarter has a lot to offer. Dulsberg is located in the district of Hamburg-Nord and is mainly known for its charming red clinker brick buildings. The Franconian arcade houses between Oberschlesische Straße and Dulsberg-Süd are also striking.

Red clinker brick buildings with good connections and affordable rents

Extensive nightlife options are unfortunately not to be found here, but the good public transport connections make it possible to get to the city centre quickly and easily, so that you can still take part in the nightlife. Rents here are quite reasonable by Hamburg standards, with the district being particularly attractive for students and trainees. Young families can also find a quiet place here.

Key figures:

  • Population: 17,229
  • Area: 1,2 km²
  • Population density: 14,358 inhabitants/km²