My second day in hamburg consisted of cycling the city and it was the best one of my short stay in Hamburg.
I went through many canals - Hamburg has more canals than Venice itself! - and nice places I've taken notice the day before, by car.
One of the moments I liked most was cycling along Alster Lake, and stopping to watch the sailing ships and the water.
This is the main harbor of the Hamburg city, it was formed by barrier a branch of the River Elbe in the 1200AD, the outer area is covered by parks and nicely growing trees
This is the hart of the Hamburg city
Right in the centre of Hamburg you will find 2 lakes, the Binnenalster and the Aussenalster.
Boat trips are available round the lakes and the waterfront looks pretty cool especially Jungfernstieg where wou will find an array of classy shops and depaertment stores.
To see such an expanse of water in the centre of the city is rather unusual but the locals seemed to make full use of the many walkways and parks which surround the lakes.
Right in the center of Hamburg you find two lakes: a small one called the "Binnenalster" and a big one called the "Außenalster".
The Außenalster is a paradise for sailors, rowers and canoeists. It is 160 ha in size (and only 2.5 m at its deepest)! This artificial lake was created as early as the 13th century out of the Alster river.
Hamburgers and visitors to Hamburg like to stroll around the Alster, because a walk around the Alster is one of the most rewarding things that the green city has to offer. In addition, parks and green spaces all around the Alster provide plenty of space to hang out, relax and play or sit in one of the plenty cafés and restaurants!
Tip: The nicest and most convenient way to explore the Alster is to take an Alster tour by Alster steamer!
The body of water which gets the Hamburgers most misty-eyed and nostalgic is the Alster lake. Created when the river was dammed some seven hundred years ago, it finds itself divided into an outer lake and an inner inner lake by the Kennedy bridge and the Lambardsbrücke. Most Hamburgers seem to have swum, sailed or canoed the Alster since they were knee-high to a BMW and consider it their personal playground. "If the Elbe is the city's soul," someone told me. " The Alster belongs to its heart." Admittedly, he had drunk a few pils by then.
You can rent a dinghy, hire a canoe to explore the outer lake or, as I did, take one of the old white steamers which slalom across the water every hour. Sprawled in one of the deck chair on the bleached jetty of Bodo’s Bootssteg bar, sipping an Alsterwasser (shandy), I could see the great attraction of the Alster; the yachts dancing between the ferries, the shadows of the trees on the water, the grand houses on the banks
This splendid lake is excellent for sailing. A boat tour lets you see the five towers of the main churches of the city in one go and the campanile of the Town Hall. The lovely viewpoints justify the names of the banks, Fernsicht and Schöne Aussicht.
You really can't miss it! But you should also visit the bigger part of the Alster (Aussenalster). You will find small parks and quite a lot of people jogging. While you are there you should rent a boat or canoe and explore the canals.
You must see the town arround the lake called 'Alster'. On one side you can find great, expensive houses that are used for politics and other rich peolpe. On the other side there are houses that belonged to poor people.
Walking along the Alster lake was a good experience. The Alster lake provided big green lands in the city center. Besides the green lands, it was also a big shoping area along the inner Alster. To go further and to see more, you can take the cruise on the lake.
Devided in 'Binnen' and 'Außen'-Alster, these two lakes are the place to relax. There are boat tours available also.
The Alster is THE place to have some ice cream on a bench in the sun, for a walk, for sports such as rowing or sailing, for luxury hotels etc etc
It's a river that actually looks like a lake. There are two different 'Alsters', the Binnenalster which is the part at 'jungfernstieg' and the Aussenalster which is the bigger part that is devided from the Binnenalster by the Kennedy bridge.
The smaller of the two lakes close to the centre. Easy to walk around this one in about half an hour. Just enough on a freezing March day.
This large lake in the centre of Hamburg is a nice place to relax. From "Jungfernstieg" depart steamers from which you can cruise the lake and waterways.
Our extensive rowing-boat trips on the Alster looking out for lonesome sweet guys and giggling them away, when they approached.
Walk through the ALSTER ARCADES, the flair there is really nice, all above the water between hundreds of channels....