Altona, Hamburg

The Dockland at the harbor
Memorial of the Prussian Regiments (IR31, RIR31 and L31)
Aerial view of Altona from the South. In the foreground the Elbe quays.
Subdivisions of Altona
Altona Bahnhof (railway station) in 1971. Buses, streetcars, trains and S-Bahn trains all met at this spot.

Westernmost urban borough of the German city state of Hamburg, on the right bank of the Elbe river.

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Province of Schleswig-Holstein

Province of the Kingdom of Prussia (subsequently the Free State of Prussia after 1918) from 1868 to 1946.

The Province of Schleswig-Holstein (red), within the Kingdom of Prussia, within the German Empire
Map of the Province of Schleswig-Holstein, as of 1905
The Province of Schleswig-Holstein (red), within the Kingdom of Prussia, within the German Empire

With the Greater Hamburg Act of 1937, the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the Oldenburgian exclave Region of Lübeck were incorporated into the Schleswig-Holstein province, while a number of Hamburg's adjacent municipalities, among them the city districts of Altona and Wandsbek, were incorporated into the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Hamburg S-Bahn

Suburban commuter railway network in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

Railway and tramway map of Hamburg and Altona, about 1910.
Detail of part of a wall in Hamburg Hauptbahnhof: bolts used to attach a mast for the overhead power lines.
Third rail on the Hamburg S-Bahn, here with a plastic cover
S- & U-Bahn Station Landungsbrücken (left)
EMUs on the Verbindungsbahn (lefthand side) and on the tunnel ramp of the City S-Bahn (righthand side)
A class 474 train at Hauptbahnhof
Platform at Rothenburgsort station

On 5 December 1906, under the description Hamburg-Altonaer Stadt- und Vorortbahn, the Prussian Eisenbahndirektion (railway division) of Altona opened with steam trains between Blankenese, Altona (Elbe) and Hamburg.

Harburg, Hamburg

Borough of the city of Hamburg, Germany.

Subdivisions of Harburg
Hamburg-Harburg railway station

Following the Greater Hamburg Act, Harburg was incorporated into the city of Hamburg along with several other independent cities such as Altona.


One of the major rivers of Central Europe.

Albis or Albia are old medieval names for the river Elbe
The Elbe passing Dresden
Elbe near Wittenberg
The Port of Hamburg on the Elbe
The mouth of the Elbe with the island of Trischen in the North Sea
The Dolní Žleb Ferry
The Wörlitz Coswig Ferry
The Zollenspieker Ferry
The Elbe near Festung Königstein in Germany

A bit more downstream the Low Elbe's two main anabranches Northern Elbe and the Köhlbrand reunite south of Altona-Altstadt, a locality of Hamburg.

Hamburg-Altona–Kiel railway

The Hamburg-Altona–Kiel railway (Christian VIII.

Kiel station
Hamburg-Altona–Kiel line with branches to Elmshorn to Glückstadt) and Neumünster to Rendsburg in 1849
DB 112 149 in Kiel Hauptbahnhof

When it opened in 1844, Altona and Kiel were the largest cities in the Duchy of Holstein.

Carl Reinecke

German composer, conductor, and pianist in the mid-Romantic Era.

Reinecke in c. 1890
Carl Reinecke (ca. 1860)

Reinecke was born in what is today the Hamburg district of Altona; technically he was born a Dane, as until 1864 the town was under Danish rule.

Greater Hamburg Act

[[File:Groß-Hamburg.svg|thumbnail|325px|Incorporated cities and rural areas after the Greater Hamburg Act (1937):

In return, Hamburg was enlarged by including formerly Prussian towns like Altona, Wandsbek, and Harburg-Wilhelmsburg as well as a number of villages.

Bernhard von Bülow

German statesman who served as the foreign minister for three years and then as the chancellor of the German Empire from 1900 to 1909.

Bernhard von Bülow in 1899
Bernhard von Bülow
Bernhard Fürst von Bülow (left) at Berlin's Tiergarten.
Cartoon satirising Bülow on 27 October 1907 in Kladderadatsch, "On the maligning of Bülow", "Good Mohrchen, you would never be such a bad dog!"
Von Bülow, Emperor Wilhelm II, Rudolf von Valentini (left to right) in 1908

He was born at Klein-Flottbeck, Holstein (now part of Altona, Hamburg).

Johann Friedrich Struensee

German physician, philosopher and statesman.

Posthumous portrait by Hans Hansen
Portrait of Struensee, 1770
Queen Caroline Mathilda
The Kingdom of Denmark–Norway
The arrest of Struensee.
Contemporary woodcarving.
Public execution of Struensee on 28 April 1772
Drawing of Struensee and Brandt by Christian VII
Kristian Zahrtmann: Scene from the court of Christian VII. History painting from 1873 at the Hirschsprung Collection.
Kristian Zahrtmann: Interior from the court of Christian VII. History painting from 1881 at the Hirschsprung Collection.

Born at Halle an der Saale and baptized at St. Moritz on 7 August 1737, Struensee was the third child of six born to Pietist theologian and minister Adam Struensee (baptized in Neuruppin on 8 September 1708 – Rendsburg, 20 June 1791), Pfarrer ("curate") in Halle an der Saale in 1732, "Dr. theol. (h. c.) von Halle" ("Doctor of Theology (honoris causa, "for the honor") from the University of Halle) in 1757, pastor in Altona between 1757 and 1760, "[[List of the bishops of Schleswig#General superintendents for the Duchies of Holstein (royal share) and Schleswig (royal share)|Kgl. Generalsuperintendant von Schleswig und Holstein]]" ("Royal general superintendent of Schleswig and Holstein") between 1760 and 1791, and his wife (m. Berleburg, 8 May 1732) Maria Dorothea Carl (Berleburg, 31 July 1716 – Schleswig, 31 December 1792), a respectable middle-class family that believed in religious tolerance.

Fatih Akin

German film director, screenwriter and producer of Turkish descent.

Akin in 2019
Akin at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

The couple live in Hamburg-Altona, close to where he was raised.