Alster Lakes, 20148 Hamburg, Germany
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Alster LakesThe handsome Alster Lakes have been a significant part of Hamburg’s inner-city atmosphere since the thirteenth century. They’re comprised of the larger, tree-lined Outer Alster (Außenalster), which is ringed by eye-catching villas, picturesque cafes, and boat-hire kiosks, as well as the smaller Inner Alster (Binnenalster), whose Jungfernstieg promenade features magnificent architecture and high-end boutiques.
The Außenalster’s pathways and green slopes offer abundant sunbathing, strolling, jogging, and rollerblading opportunities, while the lake itself is popular with swimmers, boat-trippers, and kayakers alike—not to mention ice-skaters in winter. Nearby, you can admire the striking neo-Renaissance Rathaus (City Hall) and its opulent interiors on a guided tour.
about 2 years ago