About this soundBahrenfeld  is a western quarter of the city of Hamburg in Germany, it is subject to the district/borough Bezirk Altona and was an independent settlement until 1890. It is home to DESY and the Barclaycard Arena. In 2020 the population was 29,652.

Street in Bahrenfeld (in background Hermes agency building, Ottensen)
Street in Bahrenfeld
(in background Hermes agency building, Ottensen)
Location of Bahrenfeld in Hamburg
Bahrenfeld is located in Germany
Bahrenfeld is located in Hamburg
Coordinates: 53°34′0″N 9°53′0″E / 53.56667°N 9.88333°E / 53.56667; 9.88333Coordinates: 53°34′0″N 9°53′0″E / 53.56667°N 9.88333°E / 53.56667; 9.88333
 • Total10.9 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
 • Total29,652
 • Density2,700/km2 (7,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes040
Vehicle registrationHH


The first records of Bahrenfeld dates 1256. In 1890 it was suburbanized into the city Altona. During Nazi Germany 1938 with the Greater Hamburg Act the city of Altona (including Bahrenfeld) was merged into Hamburg.

History section is based on a translation of the German article Bahrenfeld


Bahrenfeld is mixed of commercial and residential areas. In 2006 according to the statistical office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the quarter has a total area of 10.9 square kilometres (4 sq mi). Bahrenfeld is located south of Lurup and Eidelstedt, west of Stellingen and east of Osdorf. The southern boundaries to the quarters Othmarschen and Ottensen are the railway tracks of the city train. To the south west lies Groß Flottbek.


In 2006 in the quarter Bahrenfeld were living 26,434 people. The population density was 2,435/km2 (6,307/sq mi). 14.8% were children under the age of 18, and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. 16.8% were immigrants. 1583 people were registered as unemployed.[2] In 1999 there were 14,230 households, out of which 16.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them and 52.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 1.78.[3]


Performing artsEdit

In the neighbourhood Otto von Bahrenpark, a new created area at the location of an old gas plant, the Lichthof Theater is located in the street Mendelssohnstr. 16. It is a private theatre founded 1994 operating as a registered voluntary association. In August 2000 the theatre moved to the location Mendelssohnstrasse to a new auditorium for about 100 spectators.[4]


Altona Main Cemetery, Altonaer Hauptfriedhof, is located at the Altona Volkspark. Beside a Jewish cemetery, a Mennonite cemetery there are several Lutheran cemeteries. All this is a relict of freedom of belief in the history of Altona.


Located in Bahrenfeld is the Altona Volkspark. A large recreation area (205 hectares) established 1920.[5][6]

The smaller Bonnepark is located between the Bundesautobahn 7, Bundesstraße 431 and a local road.


The Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld is a harness racing arena. Founded 1874 it is also a location for music concerts, e.g. it was one of the locations for the Bridges to Babylon Tour in 1998. In the northern part of the Altonaer Volkspark is the Barclaycard Arena, former home of the Hamburg Freezers, and one of the two homes of the Handball Hamburg club. The nearby Volksparkstadion is home to the football section of the Hamburger SV club. Another club is the Bahrenfelder SV.


There were 4 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools in the quarter and 30 physicians in private practice and 5 pharmacies.[7] Parts of the world known Hamburg site of the research center DESY for particle physics, founded 1959, are located in the quarter.


Bahrenfeld is serviced by the rapid transit system of the city or suburban railway with the Bahrenfeld station and the Diebsteich station.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), in the quarter were 8,942 private cars registered (337 cars/1000 people).[7]

In Bahrenfeld is the exit Hamburg-Bahrenfeld of the Bundesautobahn 7/E 45. At this point the Bundesstrasse 431 is crossing the motorway, connecting Altona with Meldorf in Schleswig-Holstein.


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung in Hamburg am 31.12.2020" (PDF). Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein. 23 April 2021.
  2. ^ Residents registration office, source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)
  3. ^ Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (1999)
  4. ^ Website Lichthof theatre (Retrieved on May 14, 2008)
  5. ^ Paul Th. Hoffmann: Neues Altona 1919-1929. Zehn Jahre Aufbau einer deutschen Großstadt. 2 Bde., Jena 1929 (E. Diederichs) (in German)
  6. ^ Umweltbehörde Hamburg (Hg.), bearb. v. Lars Ruge: 75 Jahre Volkspark Altona. Ein Parkführer. Hamburg 1995 (in German)
  7. ^ a b Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)


  • Martin Wendt, Wie Bahrenfeld wurde. Von der Steinzeit bis heute - die Chronik eines Hamburger Stadtteils., in: 750 Jahre Bahrenfeld, Hamburg 2006 (Festschrift, hg. v. Bürgerverein Bahrenfeld) (in German)
  • Johanna Wolff, Spaziergänge durch Bahrenfeld. Hamburg 1990 (Ergebnisse) (in German)

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