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The island of Kaltehofe is bordered in the north and east by the Billwerder Bay, which continues in the south in the Alte Dove Elbe (formerly connected with and part of the Dove Elbe). The island of Billwerder Ausschlag is located 125 meters to the north, connected to the Billwerder Bucht barrage (bridge connection). In the south-west it is separated from the Elbe island Peute, which belongs to Hamburg-Veddel, by the north Elbe, which is 230 meters wide.
The island is 1.8 km long from northwest to southeast and 520 meters wide in the central area, tapering to a point at the ends. The area covers around 60 hectares.
In the south, the Kaltehofe is connected to the mainland (Elbe water filter works in Moorfleet, Billwerder Island) via the 400 meter long and 110 meter wide main Elbe dike.
The former Elbe water filtration plant of Hamburger Wasserwerke, built in 1893, is located on the island and has been out of operation since February 1990. The water basins, which are no longer used, are now used by birds such as the little grebe as resting and breeding grounds. Use and development of the Elbe island has so far failed due to unfavorable location factors and the different interests of those involved.
In the north there is a small boat yard.
On September 18, 2011, Hamburg Wasser opened the Wasserkunst Kaltehofe on the site of the former Kaltehofe waterworks. A mixture of industrial monument, museum and nature trail was created.
March 5, 2019
The barrage on Billwerder Bay connects the Hamburg district of Rothenburgsort with the Elbe island Kaltehofe and is the second largest in Germany after the Eider barrage. The facility has been protecting the city from storm surges since 1965 and has served many Hamburgers as a place for a wide range of leisure activities.
In 2002 the Billwerder Bucht barrage was renovated and increased. The 145 meter long barrage has been located 8.20 meters above sea level since then and thus offers more protection against floods.
The Billwerder Bay is an ecologically valuable body of water and is used not only as an inland port, but also as a sports boat port. The diverse and large abundance of fish in the bay is mainly due to the changing water levels and attracts many anglers here. The Billwerder Bay and the barrage above it are also ideal for cyclists or runners. You will find first-class conditions for driving and running over flat terrain, which also offers great views of the water.
May 25, 2018
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