Kayaking in Hamburg

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River Elbe, Hamburg
River Elbe, Hamburg

Thanks to its scenic Lake and River Alster and River Elbe Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) is a perfect destination to combine a city break with a kayak trip. Lake Alster extends into different canals that run along prestigious neighborhoods and further north through thick enchanted forests. While this kayak experience is more relaxing River Elbe offers more adventurous kayaking through parts of Hamburg’s harbor and towards the North Sea.

The easiest way for kayaking in Hamburg is to rent one of the boats at the rentals along the lake like “Bodo’s Bootsteg” at Rabenstraße, “Bobby Reich” at Fernsicht or “Barca” at An der Alster to explore Lake Alster itself or its canals in the North and Northeast. In addition, there are rentals along the canals like “Dornheim” at Kämmererufer in Winterhude (Winterhude vacation rentals | Winterhude travel guide) or “Osterndorf” at Isekai in Eppendorf. From their jetties you can explore the urban surroundings with beautiful art-nouveau buildings, mansions, lovely gardens and the other big recreation area in the city, the Stadtpark.

If you are looking for a more remote area head to “Vier- und Marschlande” to kayak Gose and Dove Elbe along meadows, cow paddocks, and timbered houses. An alternative is the Alster canal in “Poppenbüttel” where the canal winds through enchanted forests in Hamburg’s north.

Adventurers can launch their kayaks at one of the Alster jetties to start kayaking towards Hamburg’s city center passing the city hall towards Schaartor Watergate and River Elbe. From there keep right to pass the huge Cap San Diego, a former cargo ship that was turned into a museum and the old three masted bark Rickmer Rickmers before you head to Övelgönne, Blankenese (Blankenese vacation rentals | Blankenese travel guide) and the nature reserve Neßsand.

By turning right into a side arm of River Elbe in front of the island “Bishorster Sand” you escape the busy traffic of container ships and tug boats. Instead you find yourself along cow paddocks and reed. Have a rest at one of the many small islands on River Elbe before you continue kayaking towards the rough North Sea or head back to Hamburg. When kayaking on River Elbe make sure to stay away from the container ships waterway!

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This travel guide has been written by Patricia Eggers.

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Location: Ballindamm 38, Hamburg, Germany

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