Altengamme located in the Bergedorf
Bergedorf is the largest of the seven boroughs of Hamburg, Germany and a quarter within this borough. In 2006 the population of the borough was 118,942.-History:...

 borough of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

 in northern Germany
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, is a rural quarter on the right bank of the Elbe
The Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe. It rises in the Krkonoše Mountains of the northwestern Czech Republic before traversing much of Bohemia , then Germany and flowing into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, 110 km northwest of Hamburg...

 river. Altengamme is the most eastern part of Hamburg. In 2009 the population was 2,192.


The quarter has a total area of 15.6 km². The quarter consists of the settlements Altengamme and Borghorst and the surrounding farm land. The western border is to the quarters Curslack and Neuengamme
The Neuengamme concentration camp, a Nazi concentration camp, was established in 1938 by the SS near the village of Neuengamme in Bergedorf district within the City of Hamburg, Germany. It was in operation from 1938 to 1945. By the end of the war, more than half of its estimated 106,000 prisoners...

, with the river Dove Elbe as its border. In the East and North is the state Schleswig-Holstein
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 with the district of Lauenburg
Lauenburg (district)
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. In the South the river Elbe
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 is the border to Lower Saxony
Lower Saxony
Lower Saxony is a German state situated in north-western Germany and is second in area and fourth in population among the sixteen states of Germany...

 with the district Harburg
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The population density was 141 PD/sqkm. 19.3% were children under the age of 18, and 19.7% were 65 years of age or older. 1.9% were immigrants. 43 people were registered as unemployed and 753 were employees subject to social insurance
Social insurance
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In 1999 there were 854 households out of which 30% had children under the age of 18 living with them and 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.5.

In 2006 there were 52 criminal offences (24 crimes per 1000 people).

Population by year

The population is counted by the residential registration office for 31 December each year.
1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
1,997 1,984 1,969 1,994 2,012 2,034 2,040 2,049 2,055 2,070
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2,083 2,096 2,097 2,107 2,123 2,132 2,140 2,135 2,198 2,198 2,220 2,194 2,192

Health systems

In Altengamme were 1 day care center for children and also 3 physicians in private practice and no pharmacy.


Altengamme is not serviced by the rapid transit
Rapid transit
A rapid transit, underground, subway, elevated railway, metro or metropolitan railway system is an electric passenger railway in an urban area with a high capacity and frequency, and grade separation from other traffic. Rapid transit systems are typically located either in underground tunnels or on...

 system of the city train
Hamburg S-Bahn
The Hamburg S-Bahn is a railway network for public rapid mass transit in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Together the S-Bahn, the Hamburg U-Bahn, the AKN railway and the regional railway form the backbone of railway public transport in the city and the surrounding area...

 or the underground railway
Hamburg U-Bahn
The Hamburg U-Bahn is a rapid transit system serving the cities of Hamburg, Norderstedt and Ahrensburg in Germany. Although technically an underground, most of the system's track length is above ground. The network is interconnected with the city's S-Bahn system, which also has underground...

. Puplic transport is provided by buses.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), in the quarter were 1,185 private cars registered (539 cars/1000 people). There were 5 traffic accidents total, all 5 traffic accidents with damage to persons.

Further reading

  • Hans-Karl Lange: Altengamme im Wechsel und Wandel von acht Jahrhunderten. In: Lichtwark. 51. Publisher: Lichtwark-Auschuß, Bergedorf, 1987. See now: Publisher: HB-Werbung, Hamburg-Bergedorf.

  • HARRI (Pseudonym for Harald Richert): Die älteren Kirchenglocken des ehemaligen Amtes Bergedorf . In: Lichtwark-Heft| 69. Publisher: HB-Werbung, Hamburg-Bergedorf.
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