Altona Innovation Park: an ecosystem for research and development 

The International Science Park in Altona 

The Altona Innovation Park in the west of Hamburg forms the northern prelude to Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld and is a key component of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg's innovation strategy. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the renowned Bahrenfeld research campus, which has developed into a global hotspot for structural research in recent years. With facilities such as the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) research center, the University of Hamburg and pioneering institutions such as the X-ray laser research facility XFEL and PETRA, the region has become a magnet for first-class research and innovation.

The Altona Innovation Park builds on this rich potential. With the opening of the tecHHub, which specializes in biological and chemical wet laboratories, in 2024, the park is setting a first milestone. Planning for the DESY Innovation Factory II (DIF II), which focuses on physical laboratories, is also already in full swing. These facilities offer start-ups, spin-off initiatives and young companies a space for development and networking.

In addition to these laboratories, the Innovation Park offers further space for companies specializing in research and development in the fields of structural research, life sciences, nano and laser technology, materials science and quantum computing. Thanks to the close connection to the Hamburg innovation ecosystem, companies can benefit from the unique opportunities that arise from the combination of research, teaching and innovation.

The Altona Innovation Park plays a key role in establishing Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld as a world-leading location for research and innovation and securing the city's future as a pioneer in these fields.

Innovation Park Altona:
Planning data 

Concept: Incubator (tecHHub Hamburg) + commercial space

Anchor institutions: German Electron Synchrotron (DESY), European X-FEL, Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort, University of Hamburg

Marketable area: approx. 6 ha

Location: Vorhornweg | Luruper Hauptstrasse

Quarter/district: Lurup | Altona

Owner: HIE Hamburg Invest Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Technology focus: e.g. life sciences, nano and laser technology, materials sciences, including highly specialised infrastructure

Available for construction: no details

Available for marketing: Expressions of interest can be made now!

Expressions of interest can be made now!

Flexible leases

With a gross floor area of around 5,600 m², the tecHHub Hamburg offers modern laboratories and additional office space for rent on five full storeys. 

Center for startups, young tech companies & research

The tecHHub Hamburg

In the immediate vicinity of the DESY research center and other facilities of the University of Hamburg, the tecHHub Hamburg in the Altona Innovation Park is a pioneering location for start-ups and young technology-oriented companies. The building offers modern laboratory space. The opening is planned for summer 2024. 

About Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld 

Future perspectives 

A large-scale development project is taking shape 

Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld is one of Hamburg’s most demanding infrastructure projects of the coming decades. For the first time in the history of the city, an integrated development of science, research and teaching, as well as business, working, living, leisure and recreation facilities is being implemented in one place.

Leeway for innovations 

Ample space for promising university spin-offs 

The innovation centre for deep-tech startups is aimed at providing a home for young companies and founders from the fields of physics and biophysics. A floor space of 2,700 square metres will be available for labs, workshops, offices and meeting rooms..                           

Institutions in the Altona Innovation Park 


DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. DESY’s large-scale facilities help scientists explore the microcosm in all its diversity – from the interplay of tiny elementary particles to the behaviour of novel nanomaterials and the vital processes that take place between biomolecules.

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European XFEL

European XFEL has a length of 3.4 kilometres and generates extremely intense X-ray laser flashes that can be used by researchers from around the globe. The facility is operated by a non-profit limited liability company, the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (European XFEL GmbH).

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University of Hamburg

The University of Hamburg is the largest and most diverse research institution in Northern Germany. The university’s research profile includes excellent basic research as well as application-oriented research and transfer projects.

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Fraunhofer ITMP

Based in Germany, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the world's leading organisation in the field of application-oriented research. With its focus on key technologies for the future and on utilising its findings across business and industry, it plays a central role in driving innovation processes.

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Nina Alswede

Key Account Manager
Innovation Parks
 +49 (0)40 - 22 70 19 - 35

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