Kleiner Grasbrook

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Kleiner Grasbrook
Quarter of Hamburg
Parts of Kleiner Grasbrook in the foreground.View towards HafenCity across the Norderelbe.
Parts of Kleiner Grasbrook in the foreground.
View towards HafenCity across the Norderelbe.
Kleiner Grasbrook  is located in Germany
Kleiner Grasbrook
Kleiner Grasbrook
Location of Kleiner Grasbrook
Coordinates: 53°31′52″N 9°59′37″E / 53.53111°N 9.99361°E / 53.53111; 9.99361Coordinates: 53°31′52″N 9°59′37″E / 53.53111°N 9.99361°E / 53.53111; 9.99361
Country Germany
State Hamburg
City Hamburg
Borough Hamburg-Mitte
 • Total 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Population (12-31-2016)
 • Total 1,218
 • Density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Dialling codes 040
Vehicle registration HH

About this sound Kleiner Grasbrook  is a quarter (Stadtteil) of Hamburg, Germany within the borough (Bezirk) of Hamburg-Mitte. It is situated on the homonymous island between the Northern and Southern branches of the Elbe river (Norderelbe and Süderelbe), together with the other quarters of Steinwerder, Veddel and Wilhelmsburg. It almost exclusively consists of facilities of the port of Hamburg. The four quarters are technically all islands of their own, as they are all separated by their own dams. In 2016 the population was 1,218.


It is believed that the privateer Klaus Störtebeker was beheaded on the Grasbrook island in 1400 or 1401.

During World War II the port of Hamburg and therefore Kleiner Grasbrook were targets of the air raids of the so-called Operation Gomorrah. From mid-July 1944 until October 1945 the subcamp Dessauer Ufer to the Neuengamme concentration camp existed in the quarter.[1]

On the night of 16 to 17 February 1962 the island was widely flooded and seriously damaged by a north sea flood.


In 2006 according to the statistical office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the Kleiner Grasbrook quarter has a total area of 4.5 square kilometres (2 sq mi). Kleiner Grasbrook borders in the north to the HafenCity quarter. In the east is the Veddel quarter and in the west the Steinwerder quarter. In the south is the Wilhelmsburg quarter.


In 2006 Kleiner Grasbrook had 1,219 inhabitants. The population density was 274/km2 (710/sq mi). 12.7% of the population were under the age of 18, and 8% were 65 years of age or older. 55.9% were resident aliens. 137 people were registered as unemployed.[2] In 1999 there were 694 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them and 47.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 1.95.[3]

Population by year[2]

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
1,177 1,203 1,285 1,390 1,488 1,583 1,607 1,624 1,643 1,512 1,492 1,362 1,345
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
1,326 1,345 1,320 1,384 1,368 1,299 1,262 1,219

In 2006 there were 334 criminal offences (274 crimes per 1,000 people).[4]


Part of the storage Schuppen 50, in 2008 branch office of the museum of work.
Building of the Hamburg port authority.

Parts of the port of Hamburg are located in the Kleiner Grasbrook quarter.


There were no schools in the quarter and no physicians in private practice and no pharmacies.[5]


According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), in the quarter were 113 private cars registered (93 cars/1,000 people).[5]


  1. ^ The camp is listed as No. 557 Hamburg-Geilenberg, in the official German list Archived 2009-04-23 at the Wayback Machine. (in German)
  2. ^ a b Residents registration office, source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2007)
  3. ^ Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (1999)
  4. ^ State Investigation Bureaux (Landeskriminalamt), source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2007)
  5. ^ a b Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2007)


External links[edit]

  • Homepage of the unincorporated association Kleiner Grasbrook e.V.. (in German)