After a long period of abstinence from hiking it was finally time again today. The old waterworks on the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe should be visited! The route to be hiked is with 13 kilometers for pretty much everyone who has a good basic condition.

Water & Art? Water art!

No. Even if the name suggests otherwise, water art is only the word for a system to promote, raise and guide water and has nothing to do with the fine arts. A water art is operated and often also produced by a so-called art master.

After the great fire in the old town in 1842 and the cholera epidemic in 1892, the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe served to finally supply Hamburg with sufficient fresh water. The plant was built in 1893 and was in operation until 1990 – almost 100 years.

But from the beginning…

This is my first hike as a relatively freshly baked dad and thus also the first with a children’s cart. In order to recognize immediately with one of my migrations whether this is suitable to be versandert with a child cart I created two symbols which I will take up in the future as marking in my migrations with.

The hike is suitable for a children’s cart
The hike is not suitable for a children’s cart

In this case the hike is suitable for a children’s cart, as there is only a slightly steeper staircase, but there is a path to the left and right for the cart.

How to find us

So after I had packed bread and tea for myself, the child, baby food, hot water, a blanket, change of underwear and wrapping things into the cart I could start. The hike starts at S Bahnhof Rothenburgsort, which unfortunately is not yet equipped with an elevator. So I took the bus 160 from Berliner Tor to the bus stop Rothenburgsort. In case of doubt, there is always someone at the stop who will touch the cart to get it down the stairs.

Let’s go!

At the exit of the station we turn left and cross the bridge over the railway tracks and turn left into the Carl-Stamm-Park. There we first see the memorial on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the firestorm. The memorial commemorates the Allied air raids of “Operation Gomorrha” in July and August 1943. 35,000 people died on those bombing nights. Especially the districts in the east of Hamburg – Rothenburgsort, Hamm, Hammerbrook and Borgfelde – were almost completely destroyed.

 

Carl-Stamm-Park
Entrance to the Carl-Stamm-Park
Mahnmal anlässlich des 60. Jahrestages des Feuersturms.
Memorial to the 60th anniversary of the firestorm.

After a few metres you reach an allotment garden colony, the Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V., in which, according to the colleagues at Komoot, living throughout is still permitted. However, signs at the entrance to the plant indicate that the water in the plant is only turned on in March and turned off again in October – this would speak against it.

If anyone here knows more, I’d be grateful for a clue

The right of residence in allotment garden associations was introduced after the destruction of large parts of Hamburg by the bomb attacks mentioned above. To this day, however, this right has been withdrawn from almost all allotment garden associations. It was intended as a transitional measure to provide more living space, which was urgently needed due to the destruction of entire city districts.

Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V. Kglv. 113
Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V. Kglv. 113
Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V. Kglv. 113
Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V. Kglv. 113

Behind the allotment garden club there is a small park with a playground, here I took off my jacket first, because despite the announced wind and rain it slowly got really warm.

Coming out of the park, follow a small side road and turn right south. Shortly afterwards you pass a LIDL market in front of which a statue is standing, unknown to me and unmarked. You know who this lute player is? Then tell me in the comments.

Stroller-friendly way

From this statue you can already see the dike to be climbed and my first thought was that here the hike with the cart might have been over or I would have to carry it up the dike. Thank God this turned out to be wrong, because to the left and right of the stairs the slope was paved so that the cart could be pushed up.

Statue eines Lautenspielers
Unknown statue of a lute player
Treppe mit seitlichen Wegen für Kinderkarre oder Hackenporsche
The paths next to the stairs are equally suitable for a children’s cart or a hoe Porsche

Once you have climbed the dike and crossed the road, you are rewarded with a view of the wild and romantic Billwerder Bay. Unlike wildly romantic, I can’t really describe the combination of lots of greenery, old investors, industrial buildings and the Tiefstack power station – get your own picture of it.

At the dike many anglers floated around in the nice weather and found what they were looking for in this calm water.

Billwerder Bucht (Hafen)
Billwerder Bay
Billwerder Bucht (Hafen)
Anglers in Billwerder Bay

After a few meters I walked towards the power station Tiefstack and saw a bus swimming in the water further back. A bus? Yes, a bus! And that’s the Hafencity Riverbus, a tourist attraction that has existed in Hamburg since 2016. The Hafencity Riverbus combines the elements of a city tour with those of a harbour tour, using an amphibious vehicle specially built for the purpose and subjected to a lengthy approval process. Drivers of the vehicles need of course a bus driving licence including the passenger transport licence and a captain’s certificate. More information about the history of the Hafencity Riverbus can also be found at Wikipedia.

Hafencity Riverbus
The floating Hafencity Riverbus
Gans
A goose on the meadows of Billwerder Bay

Passing geese and meadows we headed for the power station Tiefstack. There I discovered a lockkeeper’s house of the Tiefstack lock including a busy gnome in the backyard. The lock was built in 1902 and connects the Tiefstack Canal with Billwerder Bay.

A few meters further you cross the Tiefstackkanal and from here you have a good view of the whole plant of the power station Tiefstack.

Schleusenwärterhaus Tiefstack Schleuse
Lock keeper’s house of the Tiefstack lock
Gartenzwerg im Hinterhof
The watchful gnome of the Tiefstack lock
Vattenfall Kraftwerk Tiefstack
The Vattenfall power plant Tiefstack

As beautiful as the Billwerder Bay is, now we finally went into a greener area again. Follow the Andreas-Meyer-Straße, but then turn onto the much less frequented Moorfleeter Deich, which is situated directly on the water.

Unfortunately, the dike is concreted, which is probably unavoidable. Nevertheless, a little rural feeling arises. At the roadside there are suddenly signs offering fresh eggs, potatoes and onions for sale. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anyone, otherwise I would have taken some fresh eggs with me. Since there’s bound to be a next time, I’ll catch up.

On the right you come across Julius Grube KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co. I am not sure whether a shipyard has to look like this, but the impression of a lost place is conveyed by rust and emptiness. Maybe I’ll go the way in the week after work to see if there’s something going on during the week.

Then you walk a long way along the dike. As this is, as already mentioned, concreted, there is only the view to the water and the isolated trees to enjoy.

Schild Hofverkauf "Eier, Kartoffeln, Zwiebeln"
Eggs, potatoes and onions don’t have to be picked up from the supermarket at Moorfleeter Deich
Julius Grube KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co.
At first glance no more than rusty halls and containers…
Julius Grube KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co.
…Julius Grube KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co. is almost a lost place.
Moorfleeter Deich
The unfortunately concreted Moorfleeter dike

But the tristesse quickly comes to an end again, because you come to a village from which I believe it is the old core of Moorfleet. There are partly beautiful half-timbered houses, half hidden behind old trees and everything is idyllic…if it weren’t for the city of Hamburg, a leasehold and arbitrary authorities. Because the city cancelled the lease with Isabelle Schiffler – after 149 years. The protests were reported in 2018 by Focus, among others. Since the website of the Jazz Archive Hamburg contains Isabelle Schiffler and her father who has been there since 1973, I hope that the city has rejected these abstruse plans to resign.

Fachwerkhaus in Moorfleet
Beautiful half-timbered houses in Moorfleet
altes Fachwerkhaus
Both in old…
neues Fachwerkhaus
…as well as modern.

Shortly behind the beautiful town centre we finally found a beautifully situated meadow. Since the weather was fine and my little mouse was hungry, we spread out the picnic blanket and took a break. First the little one was supplied with a new diaper, then fed and then there was bread and tea for Daddy while Mini-Me on the blanket played with her beloved feet. Some groups of motorcyclists passed by, most of them honking their horns or waving their hands – I haven’t experienced this before when I was travelling without a pram 😊

Half an hour later Lia got bored, so we got back in the car and set off again. We passed a golf club called red golf, where everyone can play, even without a course qualification, if I understood it correctly. Maybe I’ll take a taster course, even though I still think golf is a way for old, rich people to go for a walk 😉

The trail past the golf course was the most beautiful part of the hike, even if the goats and sheep and the buildings on the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe are hard to beat – but more about that later.

Golfplatz
Red Golf in Moorfleet
Trampelpfad
Tramp path along the golf course

Towards Kaltehofe I took the path on the dyke road and did not walk on the top of the dyke. Next time I have to pay more attention if there is a way with a cart up at the beginning of the dike, because there was no breeze on the dike road and it was really very warm, although we only had 15 degrees.

One passes under a motorway bridge before finally landing at Kaltehofe.

Deichstraße
The dyke road in the direction of Kaltehofe
Wanderer
Hikers on the way to Kaltehofe

The hike leads on a beaten path next to the dike road across the Elbe island. But since the trail is only conditionally suitable for the cart, after a few hundred meters it leads back onto the road anyway and I have startled wild geese, I will stay on the road the next time to avoid this.

From this side you have a great view over the wooden harbour of Billwerder Bay and information boards inform the inclined hiker about the newly created habitats, local animals and the history of the Elbe island.

Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe
The first steps on the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe
Gänse
Frightened geese
Blick über die Billwerder Bucht
View over Billwerder Bay
Infotafel "Neue Lebensräume im Holzhafen"
Information board “New habitats in the timber harbour”

Out of nowhere, goats and sheep suddenly appeared on the dike to the left. Sheep 💖! As a fan of Ireland I am of course also a huge fan of sheep and couldn’t get enough of the freshly shorn, fluffy lawn mowers. Is the word lawn mower derived from the “mowing” of a sheep? 😉

Ziegen auf Deich
On the dike of the Elbe island there are some goats…
Schafe auf Deich
…and many sheep.

Afterwards came the water basins with the slide houses and shortly afterwards the Villa Kaltehofe as the historical highlight of the hike. Unfortunately the museum was closed, so that I could not take part in a guided tour to learn more about the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe and to tell you about it. But of course this will be made up for and then supplemented here as well. Until then there is of course a lot to read about the topic at Wikipedia. On the website of Wasserkunst information is unfortunately very rare – there is an urgent need to catch up!

Schieberhäuschen
At all basins on the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe…
Schieberhäuschen
…there are the so called “Schieberhäuschen”.
Villa Kaltehofe
Villa Kaltehofe, former outpost of the hygienic institute; today part of the museum

At the end of the Elbe island of Kaltehofe you cross the Entenwerde barrage and land back in Rothenburgsort. Here you could now enjoy coffee & cake or a beer in the Entenwerder Fährhaus. The café has been in existence since 1872 and you can see it in the taproom and the wildly crafted terrace, but it also has its own charm.

With a view of the old tower of the Hamburger Wasserwerke, passing the premises of Siemens AG, where I completed my training as an energy electronics technician specializing in plant engineering in 1995, we now make our way back to Rothenburgsort station, where our hike ends.

Sperrwerk Entenwerder
The Entenwerder Barrage
Blick zum Entenwerder Fährhaus
View to the Entenwerder ferry house
Turm der Hamburger Wasserwerke
Tower of the Hamburg Waterworks

All in all I enjoyed the first hike with my daughter very much and I hope that she also has something of it – maybe even more than “just” a little fresh air.

The tour is comfortable to do in 4 hours and absolutely suitable for a children’s cart. Here is the profile of the hike at Komoot.

Do you know any other tours through this industry so strongly influenced quarter which one should absolutely have made? Tell me in the comments!

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After a long period of abstinence from hiking it was finally time again today. The old waterworks on the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe should be visited! The route to be hiked is with 13 kilometers for pretty much everyone who has a good basic condition.

Water & Art? Water art!

No. Even if the name suggests otherwise, water art is only the word for a system to promote, raise and guide water and has nothing to do with the fine arts. A water art is operated and often also produced by a so-called art master.

After the great fire in the old town in 1842 and the cholera epidemic in 1892, the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe served to finally supply Hamburg with sufficient fresh water. The plant was built in 1893 and was in operation until 1990 – almost 100 years.

But from the beginning…

This is my first hike as a relatively freshly baked dad and thus also the first with a children’s cart. In order to recognize immediately with one of my migrations whether this is suitable to be versandert with a child cart I created two symbols which I will take up in the future as marking in my migrations with.

The hike is suitable for a children’s cart
The hike is not suitable for a children’s cart

In this case the hike is suitable for a children’s cart, as there is only a slightly steeper staircase, but there is a path to the left and right for the cart.

How to find us

So after I had packed bread and tea for myself, the child, baby food, hot water, a blanket, change of underwear and wrapping things into the cart I could start. The hike starts at S Bahnhof Rothenburgsort, which unfortunately is not yet equipped with an elevator. So I took the bus 160 from Berliner Tor to the bus stop Rothenburgsort. In case of doubt, there is always someone at the stop who will touch the cart to get it down the stairs.

Let’s go!

At the exit of the station we turn left and cross the bridge over the railway tracks and turn left into the Carl-Stamm-Park. There we first see the memorial on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the firestorm. The memorial commemorates the Allied air raids of “Operation Gomorrha” in July and August 1943. 35,000 people died on those bombing nights. Especially the districts in the east of Hamburg – Rothenburgsort, Hamm, Hammerbrook and Borgfelde – were almost completely destroyed.

 

Carl-Stamm-Park
Entrance to the Carl-Stamm-Park
Mahnmal anlässlich des 60. Jahrestages des Feuersturms.
Memorial to the 60th anniversary of the firestorm.

After a few metres you reach an allotment garden colony, the Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V., in which, according to the colleagues at Komoot, living throughout is still permitted. However, signs at the entrance to the plant indicate that the water in the plant is only turned on in March and turned off again in October – this would speak against it.

If anyone here knows more, I’d be grateful for a clue

The right of residence in allotment garden associations was introduced after the destruction of large parts of Hamburg by the bomb attacks mentioned above. To this day, however, this right has been withdrawn from almost allotment garden associations. It was intended as a transitional measure to provide more living space, which was urgently needed due to the destruction of entire city districts.

Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V. Kglv. 113
Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V. Kglv. 113
Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V. Kglv. 113
Gartenbauverein Bahnhof Tiefstack e.V. Kglv. 113

Behind the allotment garden club there is a small park with a playground, here I took off my jacket first, because despite the announced wind and rain it slowly got really warm.

Coming out of the park, follow a small side road and turn right south. Shortly afterwards you pass a LIDL market in front of which a statue is standing, unknown to me and unmarked. You know who this lute player is? Then tell me in the comments.

Stroller-friendly way

From this statue you can already see the dike to be climbed and my first thought was that here the hike with the cart might have been over or I would have to carry it up the dike. Thank God this turned out to be wrong, because to the left and right of the stairs the slope was paved so that the cart could be pushed up.

Statue eines Lautenspielers
Unknown statue of a lute player
Treppe mit seitlichen Wegen für Kinderkarre oder Hackenporsche
The paths next to the stairs are equally suitable for a children’s cart or a hoe Porsche

Once you have climbed the dike and crossed the road, you are rewarded with a view of the wild and romantic Billwerder Bay. Unlike wildly romantic, I can’t really describe the combination of lots of greenery, old investors, industrial buildings and the Tiefstack power station – get your own picture of it.

At the dike many anglers floated around in the nice weather and found what they were looking for in this calm water.

Billwerder Bucht (Hafen)
Billwerder Bay
Billwerder Bucht (Hafen)
Anglers in Billwerder Bay

After a few meters I walked towards the power station Tiefstack and saw a bus swimming in the water further back. A bus? Yes, a bus! And that’s the Hafencity Riverbus, a tourist attraction that has existed in Hamburg since 2016. The Hafencity Riverbus combines the elements of a city tour with those of a harbour tour, using an amphibious vehicle specially built for the purpose and subjected to a lengthy approval process. Drivers of the vehicles need of course a bus driving licence including the passenger transport licence and a captain’s certificate. More information about the history of the Hafencity Riverbus can also be found at Wikipedia.

Hafencity Riverbus
The floating Hafencity Riverbus
Gans
A goose on the meadows of Billwerder Bay

Passing geese and meadows we headed for the power station Tiefstack. There I discovered a lockkeeper’s house of the Tiefstack lock including a busy gnome in the backyard. The lock was built in 1902 and connects the Tiefstack Canal with Billwerder Bay.

A few meters further you cross the Tiefstackkanal and from here you have a good view of the whole plant of the power station Tiefstack.

Schleusenwärterhaus Tiefstack Schleuse
Lock keeper’s house of the Tiefstack lock
Gartenzwerg im Hinterhof
The watchful gnome of the Tiefstack lock
Vattenfall Kraftwerk Tiefstack
The Vattenfall power plans low stack

As beautiful as the Billwerder Bay is, now we finally went into a greener area again. Follow the Andreas-Meyer-Straße, but then turn onto the much less frequented Moorfleeter Deich, which is situated directly on the water.

Unfortunately, the dike is concreted, which is probably unavoidable. Nevertheless, a little rural feeling arises. At the roadside there are suddenly signs offering fresh eggs, potatoes and onions for sale. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anyone, otherwise I would have taken some fresh eggs with me. Since there’s bound to be a next time, I’ll catch up.

On the right you come across Julius Grube KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co. I am not sure whether a shipyard has to look like this, but the impression of a lost place is conveyed by rust and emptiness. Maybe I’ll go the way in the week after work to see if there’s something going on during the week.

Then you walk a long way along the dike. As this is, as already mentioned, concreted, there is only the view to the water and the isolated trees to enjoy.

Schild Hofverkauf "Eier, Kartoffeln, Zwiebeln"
Eggs, potatoes and onions don’t have to be picked up from the supermarket at Moorfleeter Deich
Julius Grube KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co.
At first glance no more than rusty halls and containers…
Julius Grube KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co.
…Julius Grube KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co. is almost a lost place.
Moorfleeter Deich
The unfortunately concreted Moorfleeter dike

But the tristesse quickly comes to an end again, because you come to a village from which I believe it is the old core of Moorfleet. There are partly beautiful half-timbered houses, half hidden behind old trees and everything is idyllic…if it weren’t for the city of Hamburg, a leasehold and arbitrary authorities. Because the city cancelled the lease with Isabelle Schiffler – after 149 years. The protests were reported in 2018 by Focus, among others. Since the website of the Jazz Archive Hamburg contains Isabelle Schiffler and her father who has been there since 1973, I hope that the city has rejected these abstruse plans to resign.

Fachwerkhaus in Moorfleet
Beautiful half-timbered houses in Moorfleet
altes Fachwerkhaus
Both in old…
neues Fachwerkhaus
…as well as modern.

Shortly behind the beautiful town centre we finally found a beautifully situated meadow. Since the weather was fine and my little mouse was hungry, we spread out the picnic blanket and took a break. First the little one was supplied with a new diaper, then fed and then there was bread and tea for Daddy while Mini-Me on the blanket played with her beloved feet. Some groups of motorcyclists passed by, most of them honking their horns or waving their hands – I haven’t experienced this before when I was travelling without a pram 😊

Half an hour later Lia got bored, so we got back in the car and set off again. We passed a golf club called red golf, where everyone can play, even without a course qualification, if I understood it correctly. Maybe I’ll take a taster course, even though I still think golf is a way for old, rich people to go for a walk 😉

The trail past the golf course was the most beautiful part of the hike, even if the goats and sheep and the buildings on the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe are hard to beat – but more about that later.

Golfplatz
Red Golf in Moorfleet
Trampelpfad
Tramp path along the golf course

Towards Kaltehofe I took the path on the dyke road and did not walk on the top of the dyke. Next time I have to pay more attention if there is a way with a cart up at the beginning of the dike, because there was no breeze on the dike road and it was really very warm, although we only had 15 degrees.

One passes under a motorway bridge before finally landing at Kaltehofe.

Deichstraße
The dyke road in the direction of Kaltehofe
Wanderer
Hikers on the way to Kaltehofe

The hike leads on a beaten path next to the dike road across the Elbe island. But since the trail is only conditionally suitable for the cart, after a few hundred meters it leads back onto the road anyway and I have started wild geese, I will stay on the road the next time to avoid this.

From this side you have a great view over the wooden harbour of Billwerder Bay and information boards inform the inclined hiker about the newly created habitats, local animals and the history of the Elbe island.

Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe
The first steps on the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe
Gänse
Frightened geese
Blick über die Billwerder Bucht
View over Billwerder Bay
Infotafel "Neue Lebensräume im Holzhafen"
Information board “New habitats in the timber harbour”

Out of nowhere, goats and sheep suddenly appeared on the dike to the left. Sheep 💖! As a fan of Ireland I am of course also a huge fan of sheep and couldn’t get enough of the freshly shorn, fluffy lawn mowers. Is the word lawn mower derived from the “mowing” of a sheep? 😉

Ziegen auf Deich
On the dike of the Elbe island there are some goats…
Schafe auf Deich
…and many sheep.

Afterwards came the water basins with the slide houses and shortly afterwards the Villa Kaltehofe as the historical highlight of the hike. Unfortunately the museum was closed, so that I could not take part in a guided tour to learn more about the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe and to tell you about it. But of course this will be made up for and then supplemented here as well. Until then there is of course a lot to read about the topic at Wikipedia. On the website of Wasserkunst information is unfortunately very rare – there is an urgent need to catch up!

Schieberhäuschen
At all basins on the water art Elbe island Kaltehofe…
Schieberhäuschen
…there are the so called “Schieberhäuschen”.
Villa Kaltehofe
Villa Kaltehofe, former outpost of the hygienic institute; today part of the museum

At the end of the Elbe island of Kaltehofe you cross the Entenwerde barrage and land back in Rothenburgsort. Here you could now enjoy coffee & cake or a beer in the Entenwerder Fährhaus. The café has been in existence since 1872 and you can see it in the taproom and the wildly crafted terrace, but it also has its own charm.

With a view of the old tower of the Hamburger Wasserwerke, passing the premises of Siemens AG, where I completed my training as an energy electronics technician specializing in plant engineering in 1995, we now make our way back to Rothenburgsort station, where our hike ends.

Sperrwerk Entenwerder
The Entenwerder Barrage
Blick zum Entenwerder Fährhaus
View to the Entenwerder ferry house
Turm der Hamburger Wasserwerke
Tower of the Hamburg Waterworks

All in all I enjoyed the first hike with my daughter very much and I hope that she also has something of it – maybe even more than “just” a little fresh air.

The tour is comfortable to do in 4 hours and absolutely suitable for a children’s cart. Here is the profile of the hike at Komoot.

Do you know any other tours through this industry so strongly influenced quarter which one should absolutely have made? Tell me in the comments!

 

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