The name is according to a legend based on “Ottenhusen” (Otto lived here). Later, it was because of the cigar makers frequently occurring pulmonary tuberculosis, sometimes called the "Mottenburg".
In the traditional working class neighborhood developed in the 70s and 80s a number of initiatives and cultural centers. Early 90s, there was s the largest density of different initiatives of the Republic.
Now mix in Ottensen many nationalities and religions. The district is popular among rich and poor, young and old, singles, families and couples. for professionals, architects, photographers and artists.
Here you will find a unique mixture of international shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and trendy office lofts and a vibrant local culture.
Former factory buildings have been preferrably rebuilt to cultural centers in Ottensen. In former factory halls in the Barnes Street in the 1970s, opened the first alternative cultural center in Germany. In the "Fabrik" have taken place concerts of famous artists, such as Chris De Burgh, the Blues Brothers, BB King and many others. The Zeisehallen, a former ship's screw factory is now a cultural center with a cinema, pubs, cafes, and galleries. The Monsun Theater, Theater in der Basilica and the Altona Theater offer a variety of representations.
Around the shopping center "Mercado" have been established numerous shops. The multi-cultural scene of the 1970s has now developed to the more dignified, but still culturally diverse neighborhood with attractive shops. Many old buildings have been renovated recently, the apartments are very sought after and increasingly popular with middle-class families and academics.