Do you keep hearing how all the hipsters in NYC are moving to Williamsburg – coincidence or not, Wilhelmsburg is Hamburgs equivalent. Now is the time to move to Wilhelmsburg, which is an island in the Elbe river (btw. it’s the biggest stream island in Europe).

The 35 squarekilometre island is just a short train ride away from the city centre, the S-Bahn takes 8 minutes from Hauptbahnhof. Wilhelmsburg used to be all swamps and forest until it was settled about 600 years ago. The protected swamp called Heuckenlock is a short bikeride away if you want to get in touch with nature (bring rubber boots).

With the industrialisation, Hamburgs port became one of the biggest in the world and Wilhelmsburg became louder und dirtier. The island became the quarters of sailors, dock workers including many migrants, who were hoping to get a passage on a ship to start a new life in the new world.

Only since the millenium has the sleeping beauty begun to wake up to a new era. After the former working neighbourhoods of Ottensen, Sternschanze und St. Pauli had been gentrified, more and more students and artists moved to Wilhelmsburg. Especially the picturesque Reiherstieg with its wilhelminian architecture, cafés, markets and rugged charme became a popular quarter for hipsters and young families. Since the 2013 international building and garden fair took place, Wilhelmsburg has become a popular neighbourhood.

"Make Hamburg your home port."

The popular Dockville music festival is taking place in Wilhelmsburg every summer since 2006

Wilhelmsburg is home to 80 different nationalities – more than any other neighbourhood in Hamburg. So if you plan on learning a new language, this is the place.

What Hamburg has to offer:

  • about 6 km of sand beaches along the Elbe river (Övelgönne, Blankenese, Wittenberge)
  • about 100 weekly markets (3 in Wilhelmsburg: Berta-Kröger-Platz Tue+Fri, Karl-Arnold-Ring Thu, Stübenplatz Wed+Sat)
  • about 2500 Bridges (more than Amsterdam, London and Venice combined)
  • 16% of the cities surface is green (120 km² of 755 km²)
  • 8% of the cities surface is water (60 km² of 755 km²)