The name was derived from “Rother Baum”, which means “red tree”, the name of a former guard at the Rothenbaumchaussee.
The area was settled early by wealthy citizens whobuild their town houses and villas there. Consulates, media, and the university in the Edmund-Siemers-Allee give the district an international flair.
The culinary offering ranges from nouvelle cuisine to Asian and Arab restaurants. Around the Grindel, there are numerous bookstores, galleries, and some small unusual and quirky shops.
In the Hartungtraße the Hamburg theatre “Hamburger Kammerspiele” is established. In the Rothenbaumchaussee the Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde).
The Grindel district around Grindelhof and Schlüterstraße, with its ornate floor buildings, the spacious apartments and the green streets are popular with long-established citizens, lawyers, doctors, as well as people from the music, radio and television industry. Red tree is defined as upscale residential area with high rents.