My Favourite Spot for Sunny Days: Altes Land

So here’s my favourite spot for sunny days especially in spring: “Altes Land”, an area alongside the Elbe River near Hamburg. It is the biggest, contiguous fruit orchard in Central Europe and really beautiful during apple and cherry blossom season.

If you want to get out of Hamburg on a sunny day and enjoy a little bit of countryside, Altes Land is the perfect place to go. It is located at the south bank of the Elbe River. Parts of it belong to Hamburg, others to Lower Saxony, which is good because it is easily accessible by Hamburg’s local public transport. So you can get there by train and bus or you can take the ferry from Blankenese. Anyway, you should bring a bike or in-line skates to get around.

At the end of April, the apple and cherry trees on the plantations start to bloom and you find yourself in an ocean of pink and white blossoms. As this isn’t exactly a secret, I would advise you to take your tour there on weekdays if you can, because otherwise, the whole area is often crowded with tourists.

But even if you don’t go there in spring there’s enough to see. Alongside the the small rivers that divide the area up in “miles” there’s a lot of old stud work houses and a lot of restaurants that sell self-made cakes or you can buy some of the local fruit on the farms. If all of that is too much for you, you can just find yourself a nice spot at the bank of the Elbe and enjoy some sun.

Some might find it a bit boring to go there as it’s usually a place that mostly old people enjoy but I think it’s a perfect place to forget about the hustle and bustle of the city and relax for a while.

written by space_they_cannot_touch on 2011-05-05 #places #river #spring #hamburg #elbe #bank #location #travel-destination #deich #appletrees

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