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The apartment is very comfortable and well-equipped, and we were given an extremely friendly welcome, which included a bottle of wine sitting on the kitchen table for us. Daniela communicated quickly and efficiently with us before our arrival, and the check-in process was very straightforward. Volksdorf itself is a very pleasant suburb of Hamburg, with shops, restaurants and an excellent market on Saturday mornings. There is a forest just a few minutes' walk away from the apartment. It takes about 30 minutes to travel from the Volksdorf U Bahn station to central Hamburg, and walking to the station takes about 25 minutes.
One thing to note is that on the HomeAway listing for this apartment there is a section in German under the heading 'Additional pricing information' which says that bed linen and towels are provided at a cost of 7.50 Euros per person, and that final cleaning is either done by yourself or at a cost of 40 Euros. This is not stated anywhere in the English part of the listing. I am sure that this is just an error, but it is as well to be aware of these extra costs.
Overall this is a very nice quiet place to stay in the Hamburg area.
We found the apartment to be pleasant and thoughtfully set up, as well as provided with everything we might need. The owner has been supportive and always responsive. The neighbourhood is really pleasant: if you want to take a walk you'll find lots of green around and really nice houses to look at. Hamburg's weather is quite humid and rainly (at least it was when we were there, in August), and the apartment is at ground level: however, humidity has never been an issue since the owner provided two dehumidifiers that we left running when we were outside (they're quite noisy).
For groceries, there's a largish mall 3 minutes away, and in general there are several shops and supermarkets within the area, plus an open-stall market two times a week. Of course (this is Germany after all) on Sunday everything is closed so plan carefully your shopping...!
Finally, a really well-functioning suburban railway connects the Rahlstedt area of Hamburg (where the apartment is located) to the central railway station, and back, every 30 minutes (also on weekends). Since the Rahlstedt train station is 5 minutes from the apartment (10 if you're slow) and the Hauptbahnhof is right in the center of Hamburg, reaching it is easy and also quick (the train takes someting like 15 minutes).
All in all, we have been very happy with this apartment.