Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Öjendorfer Park is located on the eastern edge of Hamburg's Billstedt district. With the cemetery, the valley of the Schleemer Bach, the adjacent allotment gardens and other directly adjacent open spaces, it forms a closed, almost 400 hectares large, richly designed green area.The park was built on originally agricultural land, where a sand pit was operated from 1925 to 1929. From 1950 to 1953, around 25 million tonnes of debris from the ruined eastern districts of Hamburg were deposited in the up to 12 m deep pit after the Second World War. From 1957 to 1966 stood on the site a debris processing plant that provided grit for the construction industry.
The park did not reach its final shape until 1968.
The Öjendorfer Park is the third largest park in Hamburg and offers many recreational opportunities. Visitors will find extensive hiking trails, a pony riding track and a miniature golf course. If there is snow in winter, you can use a small hill for skiing and sledging.In the middle of the park lies the Öjendorfer See. It is twice as large as the Binnenalster and has two swimming spots, one in the north and one in the south. There is even a small sandy beach and a large lawn. At the southern end of the lake is a demarcated non-swimmers area.In the northern area of the lake is a wooded island with a bird sanctuary; swimming is not allowed there. At the lake there is a kiosk with seating, barbecue areas and a playground. In addition, toilets, showers and free parking are available to visitors. Swimming is possible from mid-May to mid-September.
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