Eilbek is a quarter of the German 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...

 and part of the Wandsbek
Wandsbek is the second-largest of seven boroughs that make up the city of Hamburg, Germany. The name of the district is derived from the river Wandse which passes here. The quarter Wandsbek, which is the former independent city, is urban and, with the quarters Eilbek and Marienthal part of the...

 borough. It originated as an independent small village on the outskirts of Hamburg and was eventually incorporated when the city expanded. In 2006 the population was 20,265.


The village was named after a small river of the same name.
  • Ylenbeke derives from the old German for rushing stream. Eile meaning to hurry / rush and beck meaning river or stream.
  • Other sources declare Ylen or Ilen as a leech
    Leeches are segmented worms that belong to the phylum Annelida and comprise the subclass Hirudinea. Like other oligochaetes such as earthworms, leeches share a clitellum and are hermaphrodites. Nevertheless, they differ from other oligochaetes in significant ways...

     (German "Egel"), because in northern Germany the language is Low German
    Low German
    Low German or Low Saxon is an Ingvaeonic West Germanic language spoken mainly in northern Germany and the eastern part of the Netherlands...



Eilbek first appears in 1247 as Ylenbeke.

During a great fire in Hamburg Mai 5 to May 8 1844 the center of Hamburg was destroyed. Some of the people from Hamburg-Alstadt settled in Ylenbeke.

In the Second World War Eilbek was almost completely destroyed by the heavy air raids in July 1943 (codenamed: Operation Gomorrah
Bombing of Hamburg in World War II
The Allied bombing of Hamburg during World War II included numerous strategic bombing missions and diversion/nuisance raids. As a large port and industrial center, Hamburg's shipyards, U-boat pens, and the Hamburg-Harburg area oil refineries were attacked throughout the war...

). With the reorganisation of Hamburg in the year 1949 Eilbek became a part of Wandsbek.


In 2006 according to the statistical office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the quarter Eilbek has a total area of 1.7 km² (0.65637366960731 sq mi). To the north and the west the quarters Barmbek-Süd, Uhlenhorst and Hohenfelde of the borough Hamburg-Nord
Hamburg-Nord is one of the seven boroughs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, in north-western Germany...

 border on Eilbek. The eastern borders are to the quarters Wandsbek and Marienthal. In the south is the quarter Hamm-Nord of the Hamburg-Mitte
Hamburg-Mitte located in the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Germany is one of the seven boroughs of Hamburg, covering mostly the urban center of the city of Hamburg. The quarters Hamburg-Altstadt and Neustadt are the historical origin of Hamburg...



In 2006 in the quarter Eilbek were living 20,265 people. The population density was 11741 PD/sqkm. 9.8% were children under the age of 18, and 21.4% were 65 years of age or older. 14.7% were resident aliens. 1,087 people were registered as unemployed. In 1999 there were 12,659 households and 58.7% of all households were made up of individuals.

There were 3 elementary schools and 1 secondary school in the quarter Eilbek and 38 physicians in private practice and 5 pharmacies.


The Bundesstraße 75
Bundesstraße 75
The Bundesstraße 75 is a German federal highway running in a northeast to southwest direction from the Lübeck borough of Travemünde to Delmenhorst near Bremen....

leads through the quarter, connecting the city Lübeck
The Hanseatic City of Lübeck is the second-largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany. It was for several centuries the "capital" of the Hanseatic League and, because of its Brick Gothic architectural heritage, is listed by UNESCO as a World...

 in the North with Delmenhorst
Delmenhorst is an urban district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It has a population of 74,500 and is located 10 km/6 miles west of downtown Bremen with which it forms a contiguous urban area, whereas the city of Oldenburg is 25 km/15 miles to the northwest. The city has a total area of 62.36 km²...

 in 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...

. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), 6,560 private cars were registered (328 cars/1000 people) in Eilbek.
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