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V The nearby museum village, Hamburg‘s only open-air museum, is well worth a visit Volksdorf Olaf Borkers, Member of the Executive Board To many visitors it seems almost like a spa town, not least because of its central, park-like landscape garden. The Volksdor- fer Wald, the nearby forest, is perfect for long walks. The nearby museum village, Hamburg‘s only open-air museum, is well worth a visit. With several timbered houses dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th century, it gives visitors an impression of what life was like used to be like for farmers in the Stormarner Geest area. Volksdorf is a northeastern district of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg. Its name is derived from Volcwardesdorpe and originates from the name of the village founder Volkward. olksdorf borders Schleswig-Holstein to the east, north and northeast and was populated as early as the Stone Age. Since being connected to the city in 1937, Volksdorf is now home to some 20,000 inhabitants and is counted as one of the five Walddörfer districts. With abundant green areas, Volksdorf is a popular residential dis- trict of Hamburg, which has retained its village feel to this day. It is particularly popular with young families as it boasts many schools, good shopping opportunities, a farmers‘ market famous across Hamburg and an aerial railway. It is only a few minutes by car from Volksdorf to the A1 motorway, which leads to the Baltic Sea in next to no time. { 41 } DES ANNUAL REPORT 2012 SHOPPING My Hamburg