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Alster Lakes, Hamburg

#4 of 32 in Parks in Hamburg
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Admire the results of an early dam project at Alster Lakes. The lakes were created in the 12th century when the Alster river was dammed, and they've become a vital component of Hamburg's character. You can wander along the extensive network of waterside pathways that crisscross the surrounding green spaces. You also can cross the bridge that separates the two lakes. Historic buildings dot Inner Alster, which features a 35 m (115 ft) high fountain at its center. For a longer trip, make your way around Outer Alster, where you can take in the city's skyline and photograph its reflection on the water's surface. If you'd like more action, rent bicycles. Boat tours offer a different vantage point. Use our Hamburg trip itinerary planning website to add Alster Lakes and other attractions to your Hamburg vacation plans.
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  • In time of Corona crisis, we get to appreciate walking in outdoor spaces. The scenery of this lake is perfect for this purpose. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings that help you to time travel...  more »
  • These two lakes are a place for relaxation, sporting, walking and joy. In the center of Hamburg city these lakes provide scenery to and from the Altstadt and the rest of the city. An easy trip to...  more »
  • My absolute favourite place in Hamburg to spend evenings alone and also with friends!
  • I wasn't entirely sure where to leave this review. The Alsterpark and Alsterrunde are also both on Yelp, which led me to a 2-hour tangent to understand if the Alsterpark surrounds the entire Außenalster or is just on its northwestern side (my current take is the latter). The Alsterrunde listing, while accurate, feels overly specific. So here I am...

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