Blankenese
Overview
Blankenese is a former independent town, now a suburban quarter in the borough Altona
Altona, Hamburg
Altona is the westernmost urban borough of the German city state of Hamburg, on the right bank of the Elbe river. From 1640 to 1864 Altona was under the administration of the Danish monarchy. Altona was an independent city until 1937...

 in the western part of Hamburg
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...

 (Germany). It is located on right bank of the Elbe
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. In 2006 the population was 13,011.
Blankenese has a long history as a fishing village along the Elbe River.

In 1060, Archbishop Adalbert
Adalbert of Hamburg
This article is about Adalbert of Hamburg-Bremen. For other uses, see Adalbert .Adalbert of Hamburg-Bremen was a German prelate, who was Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen from 1043 until his death...

 of Bremen built a provost's residence at the site of an older settlement at the hill Süllberg.
Encyclopedia
Blankenese is a former independent town, now a suburban quarter in the borough Altona
Altona, Hamburg
Altona is the westernmost urban borough of the German city state of Hamburg, on the right bank of the Elbe river. From 1640 to 1864 Altona was under the administration of the Danish monarchy. Altona was an independent city until 1937...

 in the western part of Hamburg
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...

 (Germany). It is located on right bank of the Elbe
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. In 2006 the population was 13,011.

History

Blankenese has a long history as a fishing village along the Elbe River.

In 1060, Archbishop Adalbert
Adalbert of Hamburg
This article is about Adalbert of Hamburg-Bremen. For other uses, see Adalbert .Adalbert of Hamburg-Bremen was a German prelate, who was Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen from 1043 until his death...

 of Bremen built a provost's residence at the site of an older settlement at the hill Süllberg. Later the counts of Holstein
Holstein
Holstein is the region between the rivers Elbe and Eider. It is part of Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state of Germany....

 built a castle. Both were destroyed through Hamburg.

Until 1927 Blankenese was an independent town in Holstein and then it was merged into the town Altona
Altona, Hamburg
Altona is the westernmost urban borough of the German city state of Hamburg, on the right bank of the Elbe river. From 1640 to 1864 Altona was under the administration of the Danish monarchy. Altona was an independent city until 1937...

 by law. In 1938 Altona was merged into Hamburg with the Greater Hamburg Act.

During World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

, the suburb held a Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe is a generic German term for an air force. It is also the official name for two of the four historic German air forces, the Wehrmacht air arm founded in 1935 and disbanded in 1946; and the current Bundeswehr air arm founded in 1956....

 Officer Cadet camp, which became HQ 85 Group Signals for the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Formed on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world...

 in 1945.

Origin of the name

Blankenese comes from the Low German blanc ness, meaning white promontory
Promontory
Promontory may refer to:*Promontory, a prominent mass of land which overlooks lower lying land or a body of water*Promontory, Utah, the location where the United States first Transcontinental Railroad was completed...

in the Elbe river.

Geography

According to the 2006 records of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holsteins' statistical office, Blankenese comprises a total area of 8.3 km².

Blankenese is located south of Sülldorf
Sülldorf
Sülldorf is a quarter in the Altona borough of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg in northern Germany. In 2006 the population was 8,980.-Geography:...

, east of Rissen and west of Nienstedten. To the south is the widest point of the river Elbe
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...

 (2.8 km) which provides various tourist and recreational opportunities as well as a view of the Airbus plant.

The stunning views from the river-facing portions of Blankenese have resulted in highly desirable properties and expensive real estate prices. The steep hillside residences boast many tiny, pedestrian-only streets and 4,864 stairs. The Strandweg is home to the Strand Hotel, built in 1902, as well as several other cafes and restaurants. There are two lighthouses, a roman garden, a doll museum and many parks and walking trails in Blankenese.

Parks

Hirschpark (Deer Park)

Hessepark

Sven-Simon-Park

Bismarckstein Park

Baurspark

Gosslerspark

Demographics

In 2006 there were 13,011 people living in Blankenese. The population density was 1577 PD/sqkm. Of the total population 16.7% were children under the age of 18, 24.2% were 65 years of age or older, and 10.2% were immigrants. 189 people were registered as unemployed. In 1999 there were 6,990 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them and 47.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 1.97.

Education

There are 3 elementary schools and 3 secondary schools: Gymnasium Willhöden, Gymnasium Blankenese and Gesamtschule
Comprehensive school
A comprehensive school is a state school that does not select its intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude. This is in contrast to the selective school system, where admission is restricted on the basis of a selection criteria. The term is commonly used in relation to the United...

 Blankenese
.

Infrastructure

A local office of the main district office Altona called Customer Centre Blankenese is located Sülldorfer Kirchenweg.
The local quarter court Amtsgericht Hamburg-Blankenese is located Dormienstrasse.

The Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco (Al Mamlakah al Maghribiyah)
Morocco
Morocco , officially the Kingdom of Morocco , is a country located in North Africa. It has a population of more than 32 million and an area of 710,850 km², and also primarily administers the disputed region of the Western Sahara...

 established in Hamburg in 1960 is located on the street In de Bargen.

Commerce

Blankeneser Landstrasse and Blankenese Bahnhofstrasse form the main intersetion of commercial activities in Bankenese. While the shops, banks and post office are open normal business hours from Monday through Saturday, the popular public farmer's market is only available on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday.

Health systems

The hospital Tabea GmbH, located Kösterbergstrasse, has 32 beds and is specialized for hip and knee surgery and varicose vein surgery.

There were also 73 physicians in private practice and 5 pharmacies.

Transportation

Blankenese is 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 S-Bahn
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...

 with the Blankenese station
Blankenese railway station
Blankenese is a railway station on the Altona-Blankenese line, part of the Hamburg S-Bahn in Germany, located in the suburb of Blankenese in the borough of Altona, Hamburg...

 and several buses of the public transport organisation
Hamburger Verkehrsverbund
The Hamburger Verkehrsverbund is a company coordinating the public transport in and around Hamburg, Germany. Its main objectives are to provide the user with a unified fare system, requiring only a single ticket for journeys with transfers between different operating companies, and to further...

. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), there were 6,333 private cars registered (486 cars/1000 people).

As of the summer of 2008, the main train station in Blankenese is being completely rebuilt.

Blankenese's waterfront is serviced many times a day by various, inexpensive water shuttles. There are many buoys in the river to help guide all sizes of watercraft, since this part of the river has many sandbars and is subject to the tides.

Notable People from Blankenese

  • Rudolph Crasemann
    Rudolph Crasemann
    Gustav August Rudolph Crasemann was a Hamburg businessman and parliamentarian.-Life:...

  • Johann Cesar VI. Godeffroy
    Johann Cesar VI. Godeffroy
    Johann Cesar VI. Godeffroy was a German trader and Hanseat.He was the founder of Museum Godeffroy.-Family history and the trading company J.C. Godeffroy & Sohn:...

  • Karen Horney
    Karen Horney
    Karen Horney born Danielsen was a German-American psychoanalyst. Her theories questioned some traditional Freudian views, particularly his theory of sexuality, as well as the instinct orientation of psychoanalysis and its genetic psychology...


Web Presence

Blankense has its own website http://www.blankenese.de/ which posts recent pictures and news events for its residents.

Additionally, one can view live webcam feeds from up and down the Elbe River, starting with the harbor all the way to Cuxhafen. These webcams http://www.unser-wedel.de/webcams_von_der_elbe.html allow virtual visitors of Blankenese to watch the many commercial container and pleasure ships travel up and down the Elbe in real time.

External links

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