Wedel and Hamburg

Wedel is situated in the West of Hamburg and is part of the metropolitan area. City trains and buses provide frequent and easy access to Hamburg with its many attractions. Wedel has about 32,000 inhabitants. Pinneberg is the administrative district (that is why you see many cars with “PI” on their number plates). The district is famous for its many tree nurseries; in fact, it is the largest tree nursery area in Europe.

The river Elbe plays an important role, especially in Wedel. Many tourists come here to walk along the waterfront, to see and listen at “Willkomm’n Höft”: Every incoming and departing ship to the port of Hamburg is welcomed or given a farewell with its national anthem.

Wedel has an excellent infrastructure, which is a great advantage for the students. The university can be reached by bus, from the halls of residence on foot. The shopping facilities can be easily reached as well. There are many supermarkets and shops to buy food and all necessities for daily life. If you want to do your “big” shopping, Hamburg is the best place. It is quite a paradise, here you can find everything you need!

In Wedel, there are many ways to spend your evening. There are a variety of pubs and restaurants. Wedel has two theatres, one of these is a so-called “Theatre-Ship”, the “Batavia” which means just what the name suggests. The ship also has a pub with frequent Jazz and Folk concerts. In summer, they run an open-air cinema next to the ship.

Outdoor festivals are held in the summer. For example, there is an “oxen-market”, a harbour festival, a wine tasting event and several craft markets.

If you need medical treatment, you are well provided for. Wedel has its own hospital, the university clinics of Hamburg and specialist clinics are not far away. Doctors of all medical specialisations have their surgeries in Wedel.

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The Venice of the North

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is Germany’s second largest metropolis and has about 1.7 million inhabitants. As the centre of Northern Germany, cosmopolitan Hamburg is not only a city but also a federal state. But what makes Hamburg such a unique city?

First of all, it is one of the greenest cities in Germany and with its great range of cultural events and its extravagant shopping streets; the harbour city Hamburg attracts millions of tourists every year. It has more than 2,300 bridges - more than Venice - and over 90 consulates; Hamburg ranks only second to New York as the city with the most consulates in the world.

Attractions of Hamburg:

  • the river Elbe and the harbor
  • the "Hafencity", modern architecture in front of a historical landmark ("Speicherstadt"), information center in the boiler house
  • the "Alster", a "lake" in the heart of the city
  • the opera house, "Hamburgische Staatsoper" (
  • the art museum "Hamburger Kunsthalle" (
  • the museum of arts and crafts, "Das Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe" (
  • lively night life with bars, pubs and clubs in the districts Ottensen, "Schanze" and St. Pauli

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Getting there and getting about

Getting to Hamburg is the easiest thing in the world, no matter where you come from or what method of transportation you use. The airport of Fuhlsbüttel is ideally situated less than 20 minutes from the city centre. From Wedel it is about 40 minutes by train (S-Bahn, see map).

Each and every hour Deutsche Bahn trains travel to all the major cities in Europe. For your convenience, all national and international trains stop at Dammtor and/or Altona Central Stations, with the main stop at Hamburg Central Station (HHBF).

The suburban commuter railway system makes it very easy to travel between Wedel and Hamburg. Weekdays the trains run every ten minutes during the day. For more information and detailed timetables take a look at the hompage of the HVV (Hamburger Verkehrsbund).

Currently, seven motorways and countless major roads allow cars and buses to travel in and out of the city. In addition to that Hamburg is host to an innumerable amount of ships and boats. It is Germany’s largest container and cargo port.