Altona is a beautiful suburb of Hamburg. It began as a fishing port on the banks of the River Elbe in 1535. It has a unique story, it was run for many years by the Danish monarchy, since Kaiser Frederick III gave up the rights to this suburb. This area of Hamburg is near to the St. Pauli district, and has lots of old houses and streets to wander down, as well a large ridge on the banks of the river that serves as a walkway. There are pure green gardens which you can walk through, or rest under its beautiful trees, watching ships, boats and ferries that circulate in the Elbe. This city has about 244,000 inhabitants and is an elegant part of Hamburg. You can admire the amazing old houses from the banks of the river. It has several hotels and many restaurants. When I visited this city the town hall was being repaired. I could only see the beautiful statue of Kaiser Fererico III in the small town hall square.