The name of the district goes back to the Harvestehude monastery. Between the years 1293 and 1530 the monastery was situated northwest of what is now Eichen Park, outside the gateway to the city. Later this prime location was popular with merchants and ship owners who built prestigious country residences here. Anyone of rank and reputation made their home in Harvestehude. Venerable white Wilhelminian and Art Deco style villas in extensive parks still characterise the banks of the Alster lake today.


Harvestehude, on the banks of the Alster lake, is one of the most beautiful areas Hamburg has to offer. It is a cosmopolitan district of palatial villas, elegant townhouses, tranquil waterways, colourful weekly markets, chic bars and restaurants and natural parks and gardens. The district like its residents is quiet and understated. It is steeped in tradition and was built by the old established families of the Hanseatic trading city of Hamburg. Harvestehude spreads from the west side of the Alster lake, which is a central landmark, and boarders on the main downtown shopping, cultural and commercial districts with convenient transport links. This area is always in fashion, far away from the bustle of tourism, it is a tranquil oasis for insiders! But, just a stroll along the green banks of the Alster brings you to the lively centre of Hamburg.