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Alster Lakes, Hamburg

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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. Plan to visit Alster Lakes and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hamburg attractions using our Hamburg trip itinerary planner.
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  • We walked around the main lake. It was beautiful as it was a Sunday evening and it was full of families and friends having fun.  more »
  • The Alster consists of 2 lakes the Ausenalster (Outer- Alster) and Binnenalster (Inner - Alster) which are fed by the river, the Alster. The lakes are located right in the heart of Hamburg. The Alster...  more »
  • We stopped by here after seeing boat pictures on the reviews but when we got there we couldn't see any. There is some larger operated boat trips but from where we were standing there wasn't an awful l...  more »