Established in 1970 with the merging of four villages, Norderstedt is a sprawling city on the northern outskirts of Hamburg. It is the southernmost city in the district of Segeberg, which encompasses the agricultural plains between Hamburg and Neumünster. Norderstedt is dotted with green spaces, recreational facilities and a museum dedicated to firefighting.
Things to do in Norderstedt
One of the city’s most popular recreational destinations is Norderstedt Park, where you’ll find a miniature golf course, a high ropes course and a lake for swimming and wakeboarding. You can stretch your legs on the waterfront walking trail or get up close to friendly farm animals in the petting zoo. Also within the park is a children’s playground and a small botanical garden.
The region’s firefighting history is showcased at the Schleswig-Holstein Fire Brigade Museum, which is one of the largest museums of its kind in Germany. Its exhibits include vintage vehicles and engines, as well as a fire brigade-themed children’s playground. Grab an audio guide to learn more about the collection or delve into the museum’s extensive research library.
South of Norderstedt is the ARRIBA Erlebnisbad & Saunadorf, which is home to themed swimming pools and waterslides that will appeal to all ages. You can relax in one of the saunas, take advantage of the aqua aerobics classes or rejuvenate with a massage at the on-site spa. The complex also features a beach soccer field that can be hired for private use in the warmer months.
Getting around Norderstedt
Norderstedt is around 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Hamburg and 15 minutes from Hamburg Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Commuter trains and U-Bahn services connect to the Norderstedt Mitte station while buses also travel throughout the city.