Rotherbaum (German pronunciation ) is a quarter of Eimsbüttel, a borough of Hamburg, Germany. In 2020 the population was 17,114.

Aerial view of Rotherbaum from the south
Aerial view of Rotherbaum from the south
Location of Rotherbaum in the city of Hamburg
Rotherbaum is located in Germany
Rotherbaum is located in Hamburg
Coordinates: 53°34′5″N 9°59′18″E / 53.56806°N 9.98833°E / 53.56806; 9.98833Coordinates: 53°34′5″N 9°59′18″E / 53.56806°N 9.98833°E / 53.56806; 9.98833
 • Total2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
 • Total17,114
 • Density5,900/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Dialling codes040
Vehicle registrationHH

In German, "roter Baum" means red tree. The "th", which in general was abolished in the spelling reform of 1900, was preserved in names. Depending on grammatical context, it might also be spelled with n as Rothenbaum.


Front view of the Curiohaus in Rotherbaum

Since 1800, distinguished and rich Hamburg citizens built the mansions at the bank of the Außenalster lake, to move from the city to a better surrounding area. An example is the building at Alsterufer street #27, built by Martin Haller—the architect of the Hamburg Rathaus—the building was later owned by Anton Riedemann, the founder of Deutsch-Amerikanischen Petroleum-Gesellschaft; later Esso. As of 2009 the Consulate General of the United States in Hamburg used the building.[2]

From 1946 to 1948, war crime trials were held by the British Armed Forces in the Curiohaus,[3] an office building which is named after Johann Carl Daniel Curio. Located in Rotherbaum's Rothenbaumchaussee 15, it survived the bombing of Hamburg. Among others, subject of the Curiohaus processes were Fritz Knoechlein for the Le Paradis massacre, the SS-physician Alfred Trzebinski from the Neuengamme concentration camp, Hamburg's famous football player Otto Harder (sentenced to 15 years imprisonment)[4] and the company Tesch & Stabenow which sold Zyklon B.[5]


In 2006, according to the statistical office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, Rotherbaum had a total area of 2.9 km². To the North the quarter Harvestehude is located. The southern boundaries of Rotherbaum to the quarters Neustadt, St. Pauli and Sternschanze are formed by the railway tracks of the city train. In the West the quarter Eimsbüttel can be found. In the East the lake Außenalster marks the boundaries to the quarter of St. Georg.


In 2006, 16,853 inhabitants were living in Rotherbaum. The population density was 5,842/km2 (15,131/sq mi). 11.3% were children under the age of 18, and 13.7% were 65 years of age or older. 22.6% were immigrants. 503 people were registered as unemployed and 4,866 were employees subject to social insurance contributions.[6]

In 1999 there were 11,615 households, out of which 11.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them and 63.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 1.57.[7]

In 2006 there were 3,299 criminal offences (192 crimes per 1000 people).[8]


The campuses of the University of Hamburg and the University of Music and Drama of Hamburg are located in Rotherbaum. In 2006 there were also one elementary school, the Grundschule Turmweg, and one secondary school, the Sophie-Barat-Schule.[9][10][11] The Talmud Tora Schule, which was established in 1805, closed in 1942, and re-opened in 2002, is located in Rotherbaum.[12] Wilhelm-Gymnasium was located in Rotherbaum from 1885 to 1945.[13]



Centre Court Am Rothenbaum

The main tennis court of the (former German Open) Hamburg Masters tournament is located in the Am Rothenbaum stadium.[14] Though it is named after the Rotherbaum area, it is officially located in the neighbouring Harvestehude quarter.[15]

The hockey club, Club an der Alster, has facilities in Rotherbaum.[16]

Sportplatz at Rothenbaum, which was opened in 1910, was the stadium used by Hamburger SV and later by their amateur team and for promotion play-offs at the end of each season, until the stadium was demolished in 1994.[17]


Directly at the artificial Außenalster lake is the Consulate General of the United States.

Health systemsEdit

In Rotherbaum were 16 day-care centers for children, 142 physicians in private practice and 9 pharmacies.[9]


Rotherbaum is serviced by the rapid transit system of the city train with the stations Hamburg Dammtor, located in the homonymous place. Long distance trains also stop at this station. The Hamburg U-Bahn service the Hallerstraße station.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), in the quarter Rotherbaum were 5,446 private cars registered (324 cars/1000 people).[9] There were 201 traffic accidents total, including 173 traffic accidents with damage to persons.[18]

See alsoEdit

  • Rothenbaum, the name of a Bohemian village which was destroyed after World War II when the German inhabitants were expelled in 1945.


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung in Hamburg am 31.12.2020" (PDF). Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein. 23 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Alstervillen" (in German). ADAC. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  3. ^ Curiohaus / Cultural monument (Hamburg) -
  4. ^ Staff (2002-06-26). ""Tull" Harder - Vom Idol zum Kriegsverbrecher" (in German). Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  5. ^ KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme (Hrsg): Die frühen Nachkriegsprozesse. Bremen 1997 (Beiträge zur Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Verfolgung in Norddeutschland. Heft 3) ISBN 3-86108-322-1 (in German)
  6. ^ Residents registration office, source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)
  7. ^ Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (1999)
  8. ^ State Investigation Bureaux (Landeskriminalamt), source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)
  9. ^ a b c Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)
  10. ^ Meukow, Sally (5 October 2009). "Rotherbaum: Die Wetterfrösche der Klasse 3b - Die Drittklässler an der Grundschule Turmweg zeichnen Hamburgs Wetter auf - in Bildern und Worten". Hamburger Abendblatt. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Sophie-Barat-Schule". Branchenbuch Hamburg. Axel Springer. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  12. ^ Stapelfeldt, Dorothee. "Rotherbaum". Wahlkreis. SPD. Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  13. ^ Mosel, Wilhelm. "18. No. 40 Moorweidenstraße". Buildings Integral to the Former Life and/or Persecution of Jews in Hamburg - Eimsbüttel/Rotherbaum I. University of Hamburg. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  14. ^ Rothenbaum Tennis Center Archived 2008-06-02 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Villenviertel zwischen Alster und Isebekkanal,, in German
  16. ^ Harms, Carsten (13 January 2010). "Club an der Alster feiert heute seinen 90. Geburtstag". Welt Online. Axel Springer. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  17. ^ "Hamburger SV". Abseits Guide to Germany. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  18. ^ Traffic accident statistic, statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)


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