Hamburg turns its face to the East. In the newest city development project “Upstream along the Elbe and Bille” the urban spaces to the east of Hamburg’s city will be newly developed. The bombing in the Second World War destroyed the old “Gründerzeit” (1800s) part of the city that was located in this area. The new plan envisages the recreation of this lost urban character and up to 20.000 new flats and commercial enterprises are to be built in the next 20 years in this 4.350 hectare area which lies only 2.5 kilometres from the city centre.
The eastern areas of the “Hafencity” mark the beginning of this tour. We continue on to the former “City Süd” to look at new housing projects, houseboats and modern office buildings. Alongside the Billhuder Island and the Bille basin, we finally reach the “Billebogen” area where a “Speicherstadt of the 21st century” is being created. After a visit to the “Golden Pavilion”, floating on a pontoon construction located within the “Elbparc Entenwerder” and marking the awakening of “Rothenburgsort”, we will explore the 1950s storage sheds as well as the “Kleiner Grasbrook”.
The tour explains within an urban context the changes going on within this area of the city, which has been neglected for far too long, and its development into a new attractive quarter for housing and production facilities.