Wandsbek is a lively district with affordable prices for living and quick access to the city center. Classical red brick apartment blocks change with one-family houses. Quiet side roads and the parks “Wandsbeker Gehölze” as well as the Eichtalpark are a plus if you plan to come with family or dog, Wandsbek is, however, a very mixed district. The Friedrich-Ebert-Damm, for example, is a business area, and one of the two big car selling companies’ areas: Mercedes, the smart-tower, BMW, Peugeot, VW, Citroen and Lotus as well as a couple more can be found here (and in Nedderfeld). The other business area is West and East of the Wandsbeker Zollstraße (a look at the area with google satellite view displays easily where they are. For living you should avoid the 3 big roads connecting to the city center: Wandsbeker Marktstraße / Zollstraße, Walddörferstraße and Friedrich-Ebert-Damm. Wandsbek-Gartenstadt, well-connected by the train station, has both, single- and two-family houses, as well as red brick apartment blocks. West of the Ahrensburger Straße and close to the villa area of Marienthal is also a nice area.
Wandsbek has one of the biggest shopping mall (the Wandsbeker Quarree) and many, many more shops at Wandsbeker Marktstraße. Supermarkets, Karstadt and the usual boutiques which you can find in the city center you can also find here.
Photos f.l.t.r: Cafe opposite Wandsbek Quarree shopping mall (c) hh oldmann (CC 3.0), Early 19th century architectural design – the school house at Bovestraße (c) Ajepbah (CC by-SA 3.0), Historical building at Bovestraße (c) Ajepbah (CC by-SA 3.0), Historical red brick apartment blocks at Lesserstraße (c) Ajepbah (CC by-SA 3.0), Holzmühlendamm (c) hh oldmann (CC 3.0), New buildings at Husarenhof (c) hh oldmann (CC 3.0)
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For the evening program two big multiplex cinemas, one at Friedrich Ebert Damm and the other inside the Quarree, open there doors. However, that’s basically it. There are not so many restaurants or bars in the district. One of them is the Plaza, located at Wandsbeker Markt.
A so-called historical path leads you to 24 histroical or cultural heritages and informs about the histroical meaning. Small blue and red signs mark that path wich starts at the Bezirksamt in Wandsbek (halfway opposite the Quaree).
Wandsbek is very good connected to the motorways going to the Baltic Sea and to Berlin. This leads to a rather high traffic on the big road Wandsbeker Marktstraße and Friedrich-Ebert-Damm, which are also one of the main streets connecting the suburbs to the city center.
Whilst Wandsbek is the most populated district with many children, 19 kindergardens, 4 primary schools and 3 secondary schools, there are other areas which a family may prefer. The average income is in the lower third compared to Hamburg average, and so are prices for apartments. Criminality is relatively high which is, however, mostly due the shopping mall where pickpockets believe to have easy access to briefcases. The rest of Wandsbek is just like all other residential areas.
Photos f.l.t.r: Walddörferstrasse (c) hh oldmann (CC 3.0), Villa Martens – build in 1909 – formerly home of Martens family big farmer in Hinschenfelde (c) Martin WausHH (CC BA SA 3.0), Typical single family houses in Wandsbek Gartenstadt (c) Staro1 (CC by-SA 3.0), The river Wandse at Eichtalpark (c) Gerhard Kemme (Public Domain), The modern facade of the Staatsarchiv (c) GeorgHH (CC by-SA 3.0), The main connection to the city center and shopping mall Wandsbeker_Marktstraße (c) Holger.Ellgaard (CC by-SA 3.0), The local court in Wandsbek (c) Gerhard Kemme (Public Domain), The Gymnasium (secondary school) in Wandsbek (c) Holger.Ellgaard (CC by-SA 3.0), St-Joseph church in Wandsbek (c) Joern M (CC-by-SA 3.0), Restaurant at Eichtalpark (c) staro1 (CC by-SA 3.0), Red brick town houses at Pillauer Straße (c) Ajepbah (CC by-SA 3.0), Red brick design at cigarette manufacture Reemtsma (c) Wmeinhart (CC-by-SA 3.0)