Rotherbaum (German pronunciation ) is a quarter of Eimsbüttel, a borough of Hamburg, Germany. In 2016 the population was 16,456.

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.

Quarter of Hamburg
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°ECoordinates: 53°34′5″N 9°59′18″E / 53.56806°N 9.98833°E
 • Total2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
 • Total16,456
 • Density5,700/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Dialling codes040
Vehicle registrationHH


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.[1]

From 1946 to 1948, war crime trials were held by the British Armed Forces in the Curiohaus,[2] 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)[3] and the company Tesch & Stabenow which sold Zyklon B.[4]


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.[5]

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.[6]

In 2006 there were 3,299 criminal offences (192 crimes per 1000 people).[7]


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.[8][9][10] The Talmud Tora Schule, which was established in 1805, closed in 1942, and re-opened in 2002, is located in Rotherbaum.[11] Wilhelm-Gymnasium was located in Rotherbaum from 1885 to 1945.[12]



Centre Court Am Rothenbaum (Hamburg)
Centre Court Am Rothenbaum

The main tennis court of the (former German Open) Hamburg Masters tournament is located in the Am Rothenbaum stadium.[13] Though it is named after the Rotherbaum area, it is officially located in the neighbouring Harvestehude quarter.[14]

The hockey club, Club an der Alster, has facilities in Rotherbaum.[15]

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.[16]


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

Health systems

In Rotherbaum were 16 day-care centers for children, 142 physicians in private practice and 9 pharmacies.[8]


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).[8] There were 201 traffic accidents total, including 173 traffic accidents with damage to persons.[17]

See also

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


  1. ^ "Alstervillen" (in German). ADAC. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  2. ^ Curiohaus / Cultural monument (Hamburg) -
  3. ^ Staff (2002-06-26). ""Tull" Harder - Vom Idol zum Kriegsverbrecher" (in German). Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Residents registration office, source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)
  6. ^ Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (1999)
  7. ^ State Investigation Bureaux (Landeskriminalamt), source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)
  8. ^ a b c Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Sophie-Barat-Schule". Branchenbuch Hamburg. Axel Springer. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  11. ^ Stapelfeldt, Dorothee. "Rotherbaum". Wahlkreis. SPD. Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Rothenbaum Tennis Center Archived 2008-06-02 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Villenviertel zwischen Alster und Isebekkanal,, in German
  15. ^ Harms, Carsten (13 January 2010). "Club an der Alster feiert heute seinen 90. Geburtstag". Welt Online. Axel Springer. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  16. ^ "Hamburger SV". Abseits Guide to Germany. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  17. ^ Traffic accident statistic, statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)


External links

Audimax (University of Hamburg)

The Audimax is a lecture hall located on the University of Hamburg campus in Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany, in the district of Eimsbüttel. It is the largest lecture hall in Hamburg. The 1,674-seat auditorium also hosts non-university events such as concerts and cinema.

Boroughs and quarters of Hamburg

The city of Hamburg in Germany is made up of seven boroughs (German: Bezirke, also known as districts or administrative districts) and subdivided into 104 quarters (German: Stadtteile). Most of the quarters were former independent settlements. As of 2008 the areal organisation is regulated by the constitution of Hamburg and several laws.


Dammtor is a zone (Ort) of the German city of Hamburg, situated between the quarters of Rotherbaum (in the borough of Eimsbüttel) and Neustadt (in the borough of Mitte).

Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club

Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club (DHuGRC) is a rowing club from Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany. It was founded in 1836 as Der Hamburger Ruder Club, the club is the fourth oldest rowing club in the world (2nd if only counting non-academically affiliated clubs) after Brasenose College Boat Club, Jesus College Boat Club (Oxford) and Leander Club . The Germania Ruder Club, which was founded in 1854 merged with Der Hamburger Ruder Club in 1934, with the joint club adapting the current name.

The current boathouse at Außenalster was built in 1924.


Eimsbüttel (German pronunciation ) is one of the seven boroughs (Bezirke) of Hamburg, Germany. In 2016 the population was 262,130.

Hallerstraße (Hamburg U-Bahn station)

Hallerstraße station is a metro station served by Hamburg U-Bahn line U1. It is located in Rotherbaum, in the Hamburg borough of Eimsbüttel was opened in 1929.

Hamburg Ravensbrück trials

The Hamburg Ravensbrück trials were a series of seven trials for war crimes against camp officials from the Ravensbrück concentration camp that the British authorities held in their occupation zone in Germany in Hamburg after the end of World War II. These trials were heard before a military tribunal; the three to five judges at these trials were British officers, assisted by a lawyer. The defendants included concentration camp personnel of all levels: SS officers, camp doctors, male guards, female guards (Aufseherinnen), and a few former prisoner-functionaries who had tortured or mistreated other inmates. In total, 38 defendants were tried in these seven trials; 21 of the defendants were women. Executions relating to these trials were carried out on the gallows at Hamelin prison by British hangman Albert Pierrepoint.

All seven trials took place at the Curiohaus in the Hamburg quarter of Rotherbaum.


Harvestehude (German pronunciation ) is a quarter of Hamburg, Germany, in the borough of Eimsbüttel. It is located on the eastern boundaries of the borough near lake Außenalster.


Heimfeld is a quarter of Hamburg, Germany in the Harburg borough.

Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg

The Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg is one of the larger colleges of music in Germany.

It was founded 1950 as Staatliche Hochschule für Musik (Public college of music) on the base of the former private acting school of Annemarie Marks-Rocke and Eduard Marks.

Studies include various music types from church music over Jazz to pop music, composition, conducting, instrumental music as well as voice. The theatre academy offers courses in drama and opera and directing in these fields. A third academy offers scientific and educational degrees of study (musicology, music education and therapy).

The university is located in the prestigious Budge-Palais in Hamburg Rotherbaum at the Außenalster, close to the city centre.


Langenbek is a quarter of Hamburg, Germany in the Harburg borough.


Lokstedt is a quarter of Hamburg, Germany in the Eimsbüttel borough.


Marmstorf is a quarter of Hamburg, Germany in the Harburg borough.

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, MPIPRIV) is a legal research institute located in Hamburg, Germany. It is operated by the Max Planck Society. Founded in 1949, it is the successor institution of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, which was founded in 1926. Since 1956 it is based in Hamburg's district of Rotherbaum.


The Rothenbaumchaussee is an inner-city street in the Hamburg quarters of Rotherbaum and Harvestehude. It runs from the Edmund-Siemers-Allee at Hamburg Dammtor station to the Klosterstern square.


Sinstorf is a quarter of Hamburg, Germany in the Harburg borough.


Steilshoop is a quarter of Hamburg, Germany in the Wandsbek borough.

University of Hamburg

The University of Hamburg (German: Universität Hamburg, also referred to as UHH) is a comprehensive university in Hamburg, Germany. It was founded on 28 March 1919, having grown out of the previous General lecture system (Allgemeines Vorlesungswesen) and the Colonial Institute of Hamburg (Hamburgisches Kolonialinstitut) as well as the Akademic Gymnasium. In spite of its relatively short history, six Nobel Prize Winners and serials of scholars are affiliated to the university. The University of Hamburg is the biggest research and education institution in Northern Germany and one of the most extensive universities in Germany. The main campus is located in the central district of Rotherbaum, with affiliated institutes and research centres spread around the city state.

The institution is classified as a global top 200 university by frequently cited ranking systems such as the Times Higher Education Ranking, the Shanghai Ranking and the CWTS Leiden Ranking, placing it among the top 1% of global universities.On a national scale, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHH 7th and QS World University Rankings 14th out of a total of 426 German institutions of higher education.


Wilstorf is a quarter of Hamburg, Germany in the Harburg borough.

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