Schenefeld is one of Germany’s younger areas. Located just west of Hamburg, it traces itself back about 750 years. In that time, it has grown considerably, especially in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Part of the attraction is the convenience of the area. It is well connected to the Hamburg center by road and rail, but also convenient for those who want a bit of a country retreat or those looking for a place with good access to the North Sea. You will find that it can be a good afternoon or evening destination for a visit.
During the day, Schenefeld offers hiking and biking opportunities. You can enjoy the Düpenau river topography and get some good shots from the hills.
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Those with a sharp eye will also be able to get examples of the checkerboard flower, a kind of upside down tulip-looking native of the area. Also, it can be quite chilly as the seasons turn, so be sure to bring a jacket along with you if you are heading for the upper regions.
Back in town, you can browse the shops and tour the newer church and town structures. Many of the buildings were built in the 1970’s or in the last 5 years, so you can see some of the better examples of modern design in play. Unlike some of the old cobbled zones, the main town area is very pedestrian friendly and handicap accessible.
In the evening, you will find that Schenefeld really comes to life. This is thanks in no small part to the hip hop culture that is growing here. The best known band is Fettes Brot (translated: Fat Bread), a native son that comes back for performances and encourages locals on the scene. You will find a variety of clubs and bars that have good live music of other styles as well.