You know that Germany is particularly well known for its exceptionally long history, some of it dating back thousands of years B.C.
Well, Tornesch, northeast of Hamburg, is one of those towns but, it is the preservation of many historical homes and buildings from the turn of the last century are what really makes this place stand out.
Two of its oldest buildings are the Altenteilerhaus and the Heimathaus (Homeland House), which is also known as the Ostermann Yard. You’ll easily recognize the former by its unique triangle shape, looking like one of the pyramids of Giza, only with more color. The Homeland House dates from 1738 and is one of the oldest farms within the region. It also makes a beautiful backdrop for the many weddings that are held here.
For a bite to eat and a bit of history then head right out to the old distillery, a charming old building from around 1914, that is now a popular restaurant. There are also many magnificent mansions along Ahrenloher Strasse, most coming from around the first decade of the 1900’s.
Tornesch experienced rapid growth from the mid 19th century until the days of the First World War. The town’s train station was built at that time (1844) and today is under the control of the country’s preservation society, even as much of lies vacant.
Vacant doesn’t mean that this area of Northern Germany isn’t particularly striking as Tornesch sits right on the River Pinnau and with the marshlands. So, besides the old buildings, there’s some great outdoor stuff, too. There are plenty of bicycling trails that run alongside the Pinnau, so rent a bike and enjoy.
Tornesch makes for a great day trip from Hamburg (approx. 16 km) for those who appreciate a more intimate town. Because, that is all part of this town’s charm.