Lake Alster in Hamburg, Germany
Categories: Family and Kids, Sports, Sightseeing, Cultural and History, General Travel Info
An der Alster, Hamburg
A famous landmark and recreation area in Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) (Germany) is the beautiful Lake Alster. Its scenic lakeshore spreads over 5.5 miles (~ 9km) and is split into an inner and outer lake. Visiting Hamburg Lake Alster is a must-do due to the picturesque landscape with many old buildings, mansions, brigdes, and jetties with attached restaurants and coffee shops that frame the lake and its canals.
Lake Alster originated from river Alster, a tributary of river Elbe, in the 12th century. During that time the river flow was dammed forming a lake to power a watermill. By today the former power source became a popular recreation area with many runners, pedestrians, bicyclists, canoeists, and sailors. During summer the inner lakeshore “Binnenalster” is the event venue for the annual Alstervergnügen, a huge street fair with concession stands and live music. Occasionally during winter when the lake surface is frozen “Binnenalster” and “Außenalster” are open to public for ice-skating and walking.
Those who like to hike or run along the shore can access the lake from the metro stations Hallerstraße, Klosterstern, Dammtor, Jungfernstieg and Hauptbahnhof. If you like to relax on one of the many meadows that surround the lake, head to Harvestehuder Weg or Schöne Aussicht for the best scenery. For a boat trip in one of the typical steamboats choose the jetty at Jungfernstieg. Those who like to rent a canoe to paddle the lake will find rental shops at Rabenstraße, Fernsicht, and An der Alster.
One of the best vantage points over Lake Alster and the city of Hamburg are Krugkoppelbrücke at Fernsicht, the small park at Fährhausstraße, the meadow at Schwanenwik, Kennedybrücke, and the boat jetty at Jungfernstieg.
Though most buildings that frame the lakeshore are beautiful, there are some that have to be pointed out. For example the beautiful teal and golden colored mosque at Fährhausstraße, the Islamic Centre of Hamburg or the beautiful art nouveau structure of “Literaturhaus Café” a coffee house at the corner of Schwanenwik and Schöne Aussicht. Just a little bit further towards the city center follows the famous Hotel Atlantic, which is easy to spot because of the globe on its roof. This hotel, which opened its doors in 1909, is a local institution and protected landmark.
If all these sights are not enough, Lake Alster extends through several canals into prestigious Hamburg neighborhoods like Eppendorf, Harvestehude and Winterhude (Winterhude vacation rentals | Winterhude travel guide) with picturesque art nouveau buildings, cozy restaurants and bars.
About this Article
This travel guide has been written by Patricia Eggers.
Find and book quality Germany Vacation Rentals and Holiday Apartments ...
By State: Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Bavaria, Berlin (region), Bern (Canton), Brandenburg, Bremen (region), Burgenland (Austria), Canton of Jura, Canton of Uri, Carinthia (Austria), Fribourg (Canton), Geneva (Canton), Glarus, Graubünden, Hamburg (region), Hesse, Lower Austria, Lower Saxony, Lucerne (Canton), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Obwalden, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Salzburger Land (Austria), Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schaffhausen (Canton), Schleswig-Holstein, Schwyz (Canton), Solothurn, St. Gallen (Canton), Styria (Austria), Thurgau, Thuringia, Ticino, Tyrol (Austria), Upper Austria, Valais, Vaud, Vienna (Austria), Voralberg (Austria), Zug (Canton), Zürich (Canton), [ + ] more ...
Location, Map, and Driving Directions
[ view larger map ]
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Germany Travel Related Articles
- Learning about Roman Culture and History in Trier
- Visit a traditional Fest in Germany
- Mühltroff in the Vogtland
- Leipzig – City of Trade Fairs and University Life
- Travel in Trier Germany
- Most Beautiful Vacation In Volkmarsen
- Visit Hamburg Blankenese – a walk through the famous stairs quarter
- Top 10 German Cities
- Hamburg Cruises
- Germany in Winter
Nearby Destinations Where You Can Find Nice Germany Vacation Rentals
Hamburg is a major port city situated on the Elbe River in northern Germany. It is Germany's second-largest city with 1,740,000 inhabitants. Hamburg has always been an international city, and has been called "The Gate to the World." Hamburg is one of… [ + ] More Details
Related: Hamburg Vacation Rentals
Blankenese is a former independent town, now a suburban quarter in the borough Altona in the western part of Hamburg (Germany). It is located on right bank of the Elbe river. In 2006 the population was 13,011. [ + ] More Details
Related: Blankenese Vacation Rentals
Buxtehude is a town on the Este River in Northern Germany in the district of Stade and part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region (Metropolregion Hamburg). [ + ] More Details
Related: Buxtehude Vacation Rentals
Ahrensburg is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, situated in Stormarn. Population around 30,100 (2004). [ + ] More Details
Related: Ahrensburg Vacation Rentals
Alsterdorf is a quarter in the Hamburg-Nord borough of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg in northern Germany. The name has its origin after the river Alster which become later the dams Außenalster and Binnenalster in the center of Hamburg. In 2006… [ + ] More Details
Related: Alsterdorf Vacation Rentals
Feedback, comments, questions?
If you have visited here please share your experiences with our readers on Facebook. Or, if you have other cool trip suggestions and would like to contribute a travel guide here, please drop me an email. We also are encouraging free-lancers, travel guide writers or publishers who have great Germany related content to send us an email and get in touch with us.
Ask a Local for special travel insider tips!
We make it easy for you to post your travel questions and get them answered by local residents and our property owners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This way you get unqiue travel tips, personalized to your needs. Just type in your destination in the search box and go to your desired destination guide. From there look for the "Ask a Local" box, type in your question and submit. Typically you'll get 2-3 responses within less than 24 hours.
Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!
Register for our free monthly Germany travel newsletter and download as a gift this valuable eBook: "10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation" - written by Bettina Kraft, owner of the Live Like a German site.
[ + ] More Details
Add the "Best of Live Like a German" to your web site or blog!
Get the Best of Live Like a German badge, which shows the latest Germany travel tips, popular vacation packages, special trip plans, and a selection of travel guides. It can be integrated easily into your web site or blog.
[ + ] More Details