Metropolitan region of hamburg

Living in Hamburg-Rahlstedt
a lovable district
with charm and character

Hamburg Rahlstedt - an lovable district with charm and character. The well-kept district belongs to the district of Wandsbek and, with over 92,000 inhabitants, is the most populous district of the Elbe metropolis. Rahlstedt is located in the northeast of Hamburg and from here it is not far to the local recreation areas on the coast. The Wandsee River and its tributaries flow through the district, which also includes parts of the Höltigbaum and Stellmoorer Tunneltal nature reserves. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Hamburg, but still live centrally, Rahlstedt is the right place for you.

Advantages of living
in Hamburg-Rahlstedt

  • Cultural workshop with readings and other cultural events
  • History workshop that publishes an annual Rahlstedt history book for art and culture
  • Rahlstedt Culture Weeks
  • Schools of all forms, also Gymnasien, many kindergardens
  • Doctors of almost all specialties with an unusually high doctor density
  • Best connection to the large shopping centers Alsterthal and Wandsbek not far from Rahlstedt
  • Weekly market (2 x a week)
  • New, modern indoor and outdoor public swimming pool
  • Sports clubs (soccer, tennis, field hockey, cycling and others)
Nature reserve Höltigbaum

Breathtaking view of
the nature reserves Höltigbaum

Indulge in the breathtaking view of the Höltigbaum and Stellmoor nature reserves. You are only a few meters away from extensive hiking trails and species-rich flora and fauna. The nature reserve with its diversity is home to countless animal and plant species of which 78 animal and 58 plant species are on the Red List and are protected. The whole of Rahlstedt and the surrounding area benefits from its proximity to Schleswig-Holstein and is known for its many green spaces. What are you waiting for? The nature reserve within walking distance, as an ideal recreation area, invites you to explore its diversity.
A district with character

The history of Rahlstedt

The oldest documented mention (Rothuluestad) dates back to 1212, 35 years later the name Radoluestede appears. Both words point to the foundation of Rahlstedt as a Saxon settlement by a Radulf or Radolf. The last syllable -stede means dwelling place. At that time the settlement was outside the city limits of Hamburg and belonged to the Duchy of Holstein. (From 1864 to Prussia). At the turn of the century, Rahlstedt became a sought-after villa suburb, where Hamburg merchants preferred to settle. Beautiful fin-de-siècle villas still characterize the townscape of central Rahlstedt today. The small river Wandse supports this idyllic impression. Thanks to its growing attractiveness, Rahlstedt's population increased continuously, so that a new railroad line was opened in 1904. It ran between Lübeck, Büchen and Hamburg, but was later discontinued. In 1927, several villages were merged to form the Prussian municipality of Rahlstedt, which in turn was annexed to Hamburg in 1937. In the 1930s, Rahlstedt developed into a large garrison town with three barracks. All military facilities were closed in the 1990s. Today, attractive housing estates can be found on the former barracks grounds, which have significantly increased the number of inhabitants to 85,000. The only sports training area is now Hamburg's largest nature reserve and THE local recreation area for Rahlstedt residents. In the hilly landscape of the Höltigbaum, half of which is already on Schleswig-Holstein territory, the cute Heidschnucken feel right at home.
The Old Rahlstedt Church is one of the oldest church buildings in northern Germany
The original Rahlstedt village square
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