A visit to urban farmers and an unusual ice cream parlour

Marco Antonio Reyes-Loredos suggestions for a trip to Wilhelmsburg

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Something is stirring among canals, wild-flower meadows, industrial zones and residential areas: a flak bunker has become a café, a swap-shop for ideas is camouflaged as a flea market and invades a former factory every month, beer is brewed in the shadow of a lighthouse and pizza dough is kneaded in a night club. Welcome to the island of Wilhelmsburg.

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In the summer of 2017, the Reiherstieg district in the north of Wilhemsburg, an island in the River Elbe, can easily be described as one of the most creative places on Hamburg turf. There are many good reasons to explore this part of the city – here are eight places to visit.

Minitopia

Hamburg's first urban farm is a playground for self-sufficient moderns. Minitopia is in the heart of the industrial zone, on a site containing abandoned workshops surrounded by a big, overgrown open space. Initiators Stefanie Engelbrecht and Katrin Schäfer are trying to find out what food people can produce for themselves. Register as a gardener here.

FlohZinn

The flea market for culture vultures in Wilhelmsburg's Zinnwerke (a former pewter factory) is held on every first Sunday of the month and offers a super fringe programme every time: strip cartoons are read on the Comicbus, the Lichtbildkiste produces souvenir photos, there's a dance floor where people can shake a leg to live music, bee-keepers and gardeners from the island in the Elbe sell their products.

Kaffeeklappe

The bistro in Fährstraße carries on the tradition of the port canteens, or “Kaffeeklappen”, that once supplied workers with coffee and soup. This Kaffeeklappe of the 21st century also enjoys a sociable lifestyle. It serves luscious home-made cakes and – surprise, surprise – coffee.

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Marco at the café Kaffeeklappe which he founded together with friends a few years ago.

Wilhelmsburg Eisdealer

When the queue at the corner shop on Veringstraße stretches all the way to the footpath, summer has returned to Wilhelmsburg. Eisdealer on Veringstraße is a fantastic place to finish a stroll by the waters of the Veringkanal. Creative varieties of home-made ice creams and sorbets are this ice-cream parlour's specialty: the salted caramel tastes phenomenal.

Turtur

Nightclub in winter, pizzeria in summer – the Turtur is versatile. The restaurant sits in an idyllic location directly on the Veringkanal with a view of the Archipel, a floating platform used by local residence as a meeting-place and a venue for workshops and concerts.

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During summertime, you can also rent out Turtur for weddings or other festivities.

Intercultural garden

If you walk along the Veringkanal from the Honigfabrik (“Honey factory”), the island's arts centre, and turn one of the many corners, you'll come face to face with a brightly painted garden fence. On the other side, people are digging in raised beds and laughing, insects are busy in the air, and everything is blossoming.

Bunthäuser Spitze

The only way to discover how much green countryside Wilhelmsburg really has to offer is by bike. A perfect destination for a cycle tour is the Bunthäuser Spitze – the point at which the Norderelbe (Northern Elbe) and Süderelbe (Southern Elbe) meet. The River Elbe divides into these two branches to the south-east of the old Hamburg city centre, and reunites here. In addition to a wealth of natural landscape, the idyllic spot boasts a lighthouse, a caravan park, a restaurant and the Bunthaus Brauerei, where genuine Wilhelmsburg beer is brewed. However, to take a tour of the brewery you do have to let them know in advance that you're coming.

Vju

An impressive view of the Hamburg skyline is to be had from high up on the Energiebunker. The former flak bunker in the heart of the Reiherstieg district has been upgraded into a regenerative power station with a large-scale heat accumulator, and supplies the district with power. One of the towers is occupied by Café Vju (pronounced Vee-yoo, like “view”), an excellent place to drink and dine.

A visit to Wilhelmsburg?

Eight spots for your discovery

Interkultureller Garten

Fährstraße 67
D-21107 Hamburg
http://www.interkgarten.de/

FlohZinn

Am Veringhof 7
D-21108 Hamburg
http://www.zinnwerke.de/

Vju

Neuhöfer Str. 7
D-21107 Hamburg
http://www.vju-hamburg.de/

Minitopia

Georg-Wilhelm-Straße 322
D-21107 Hamburg
http://minitopia.hamburg/

Wilhelmsburg Eisdealer

Veringstraße 155
D-21107 Hamburg

Kaffeeklappe

Fährstraße 69
D-21107 Hamburg

Bunthäuser Spitze

Moorwerder Hauptdeich 33
D-21109 Hamburg
http://www.bunthaus.beer/
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    Turtur

    The lemonade and freshly kneaded pizza taste particularly good on the ale-benches outside. A new variety: pear meets gorgonzola. Mouth-watering stuff!

    Am Veringhof 13 D-21107 Hamburg
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    Interkultureller Garten

    The intercultural garden is a centre of attraction for people with different cultural roots - a successful integration project. It even holds regular plant markets.

    Fährstraße 67 D-21107 Hamburg
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    FlohZinn

    Stands galore invite you to a bargain slugfest, the bike "cloakroom" looks after visitors' bone-shakers, and local residents serve Ethiopian, Austrian and Polish dishes. The FlohZinn is as colourful as it sounds.

    Am Veringhof 7 D-21108 Hamburg
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    Vju

    The viewing terrace is also open to non-guests (check times). From 30 metres up, you have an all-round view across (almost) all of Hamburg and can see the Landungsbrücken (“landing stages”), a floating dock used by ferries and port tour operators, the Dancing Towers high-rise building on the Reeperbahn, the St. Michaelis Church and the Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

    Neuhöfer Str. 7 D-21107 Hamburg
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    Minitopia

    Their aim is to make a point about not wasting food. By this time, the project has found many supporters, a workshop building and studios are going up and workshop sessions are offered.

    Georg-Wilhelm-Straße 322 D-21107 Hamburg
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    Wilhelmsburg Eisdealer

    Creative varieties of home-made ice creams and sorbets are this ice-cream parlour's specialty: the salted caramel tastes phenomenal. None but the brave try the Bunthaus variety – it has alcohol in it and is made from a beer brewed on the island.

    Veringstraße 155 D-21107 Hamburg
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    Kaffeeklappe

    Breakfast and lunch are prepared using regional ingredients, from the organic farm in Moorwerder on the island. The daily menu includes a wide range of vegan dishes. There's cake in the afternoon and you can sit in armchairs, looking down over the surrounding area, chatting with regular guests and enjoying the scent of the table flowers.

    Fährstraße 69 D-21107 Hamburg
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    Bunthäuser Spitze

    The only way to discover how much green countryside Wilhelmsburg really has to offer is by bike. A perfect destination for an excursion is the Bunthäuser Spitze – the point at which the Norderelbe (Northern Elbe) and Süderelbe (Southern Elbe) meet. The River Elbe divides into these two branches to the south east of the old Hamburg city centre, and reunites here. In addition to a wealth of greenery, the idyllic spot boasts a lighthouse, a caravan park, a restaurant and the Bunthaus Brauerei

    Moorwerder Hauptdeich 33 D-21109 Hamburg