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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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  • This is a pretty lake to the side of town and at Xmas the market hugs the side of the lake. It's beautiful with fab lights and is lovely to drink gluwein, do a drop of shopping and chill. 
  • To recommend for a nature trip in the middle of Hamburg: A great canoe trip on the Alster and then a pick-Nick on the banks: so you can escape from everyday life also!
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  • Cute "Lake" is located in the city centre, very impressive to see the evening with the entire city of lights around.
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