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All around the Alster

Winterhude, Uhlenhorst und Harvestehude

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Welcome to the Alster!

Or more precisely in Winterhude, Uhlenhorst and Harvestehude. Around the Außenalster, an absolute highlight of our beautiful harbour town, there is a lot to see - historic buildings and villa districts inspire walking architecture fans, joggers and cyclists. Individual shops, cafés and restaurants invite you to linger. Whether sport, relaxation or simply strolling, the Alster is always a wonderful experience.

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Museum am Rothenbaum / Cultures and Art of the World MARKK Hamburg

The MARKK Hamburg (former Museum of Ethnology) awaits visitors with countless artefacts from different peoples as well as exciting special exhibitions on cultures from different continents.

MARKK Hamburg
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Binnenalster

In addition to the harbour, the Alster forms the maritime face of the city of Hamburg. The Alster, divided in to Binnenalster and Außenalster by the Lombardsbrücke, is a meeting point and attraction for tourists and Hamburgers alike.

Binnenalster
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Oasis in the city. Außenalster

The Alster divides into the Binnen- and Außenalster at the Lombardsbrücke bridge. The Außenalster in particular offers excellent recreational opportunities with its numerous parks and adjacent sports facilities. The banks of the Alster in…

Außenalster
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Alster round trips Alster boat trips with Alster Touristik

Alster boat trips are a popular option for getting to know the Hanseatic City of Hamburg better and particularly the Alster. This special tour takes travellers on the water along the Inner Alster and Outer Alster, offering a view of the many lovely…

Alster boat trips with Alster Touristik
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Laughter is healthy! Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus

Laughter is good for you! The "Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus" offers charming entertainment theatre, prominent comedies and classic folk plays.

Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus
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Alster swans

These majestic waterfowl adorn the Binnen- and Außenalster as living symbols of the city.

Alster swans

MAGAZIN One day on the Alster

Christina Torbahn lives and works in Winterhude
You will find no other place in Hamburg as green as here
Around the Outer Alster there are many places to relax and linger
Alster arcades at Jungfernstieg

Moin, my name is Christina

I live and work in Hamburg-Winterhude near the Alster river. I can’t think of a more beautiful neighbourhood. If the Elbe river with its port embodies the Nordic soul of the city, then the Alster river represents its heart. Right in the middle of Hamburg, the river becomes a wide lake, swarming with rowing, sailing and pedal boats as well as stand up paddling boards, if the weather is kind. You can walk or jog around the Alster lake, rest on the Alster meadows and enjoy the view of the water and the lordly mansions. One you’ve relaxed enough, the urban hustle of Winterhude, Uhlenhorst and Harvestehude with lots of individual shops, cafés and restaurants awaits you just a few steps away. Let me invite you to discover some insider tips and attractions. 

Would you have known?

The name Pöseldorf supposedly stems from pöseln, meaning working slowly and ineffectively in the gardening business without much economic success. Back in the day, houses for carriage drivers, craftsmen and servants were set up in the garden areas near the Alster river. Today, Hamburg-Pöseldorf is one of the city’s most exclusive residential areas.

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In Elbgold coffee and cake taste fantastic
In the boutique Tragbar there are selected fashion by international designers

IN THE MORNING

Barista-triangle, small shops and a lot of water

In order to have breakfast in Winterhude, I need just step out the door. You will find a café every ten metres at the Barista-triangle between Mühlenkamp, Gertigstraße and Poelchaukamp. I prefer having my flat white with a double espresso at Elbgold (Mühlenkamp 6a und 59). Coffee is excellent here, and so are the cruffins, a fusion of croissant and muffin. On Saturday mornings, I start by going to the Goldbekmarkt. Its many regional stalls and specialities make it one of the most beautiful weekly markets in Hamburg. Afterwards, I stroll towards Cossmann (Mühlenkamp 44), a shop for interior decoration and tasteful country home furniture. On my shopping trip, I stop by Tragbar (Gertigstraße 13), a small boutique with selected fashion by international designers. In general, this area is just great for a morning stroll. Lovely small shops in Art Nouveau buildings can be seen just about everywhere. Besides, there is always water in sight, as Winterhude has a network of canals that lead into the Alster river. 

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Alsterdampfer Alster
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On a tour of the Alster you can discover Hamburg from the water's side.
The Thalia Theater is located in the heart of Hamburg between the Binnenalster and Mönckebergstraße.
The Hamburger Kunsthalle offers an exciting overview from the Middle Ages to contemporary art.

AT NOON

Alster steamers, white mansions and promenades 

Whether in Winterhude, Uhlenhorst or Harvestehude, you are always close to the water. Everywhere on the Alster canals, rowers and paddlers can be seen and you are never far from one of the piers of the Alster steamers. You can take a boat from the north via the Outer and Inner Alster to Jungfernstieg, right in the city centre. At Mühlenkamp, I can choose to continue my journey over water, by city bike or by foot. I decide to rent a city bike. On the western bank of the Alster river, I take the cycle lane that passes the neighbourhoods of Pöseldorf and Rotherbaum, between Harvestehuder Weg and the Alster meadows. In Pöseldorf, where fashion creator Jil Sander opened her first store in the 1970s, the mansions are of an outstanding white. A gem of luxury with exclusive galleries and boutiques amidst the middle-class borough of Harvestehude. After crossing the Kennedy and Lombard bridges, which separate the Outer from the Inner Alster, I pass the Colonnades, a promenade that, with its arcades, brings some Italian flair to the city. I want to eat something and carry on to the Alsterhaus at Jungfernstieg, across the Inner Alster. On the 4th floor, I have some delicious California and Hokkaido rolls at Yoshi. Afterwards, I feel like I need to escape all the hustle, so I decide to go back to the other side of the Inner Alster. Along the Ballindamm, I pass the Alstertor with the Thalia Theater and bump into the Hamburger Kunsthalle (Glockengießerwall). Strictly speaking, it consists of three buildings which offer an exciting overview from the middle ages up to contemporary art.

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Literaturhauscafé
The flower shop Himmel & Erde has a large selection
The neighbourhood meets at Monty´s

IN THE EVENING

Both chic and down-to-earth 

Near Hotel Atlantic, I park the city bike at a rental station and go to a.mora (An der Alster 72). At the pier of this café restaurant, one can enjoy what might be the most beautiful view of the sunset on the Alster. On my way back to Winterhude, I come across the Literaturhauscafe (Schwankenwik 38), where there are often readings in the evening. I turn right into Hofweg, hoping that the flower shop Himmel & Erde (Hofweg 11) is still open. The retail space is more of a gallery here, where plants are presented like works of art. Via Hofweg, Hamburg-Uhlenhorst’s main shopping street, I return to Winterhude. In the evening, almost all seats and tables are taken, and if the weather is nice, people sit all the way up to the street. I am meeting my friend Betty at Vous (Gertigstraße 7) for some Asian tapas. Afterwards, we fancy a cocktail, so we need just cross the road. You should really try the Gin Basil Smash or the Old Fashion at Berglund (Gertigstraße 14). Not everything is hip and chic around here, though. Just around the corner, the local community meets at Kiosk 48 or at Monty’s (Peter-Marquard-Str. 9), one of the last remaining pubs where smoking is still allowed. Those who want to party don’t have to go to St. Pauli, aka, “the Kiez”. At Mühlenkamp, weekend nights go on forever. 


 

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SHOPPING, EATING, DRINKING Discover restaurants & shops

Rund um die Alster gibt es so viel zu sehen und erleben, dass ein Tag gar nicht ausreicht. Wir haben Ihnen die kulinarischen Highlights und schönsten Geschäfte zusammengestellt, damit Sie keine Zeit verlieren müssen und direkt losziehen können.

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Anleger 1870

Anleger 1870

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  • Italian
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The Anleger 1870 initially captivates visitors with its exceptional location.

Anleger 1870

Anleger 1870

Hartwicusstraße 7
22087 Hamburg

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Bella Donna

A boutique that leaves no wishes unfulfilled - here every woman will find her perfect lingerie.

Bella Donna

Bella Donna

Mühlenkamp 50
22303 Hamburg

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Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin

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  • German cuisine
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Blue Marlin offers international flair in the restaurant of the Hotel Crowne Plaza.

Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin

Graumannsweg 10
22087 Hamburg

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Boulevard Café

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  • French

In the Boulevard Café, croissants and coffee make you feel a bit like Paris. Sit back and watch the hustle and bustle on the Boulevard of the Grand Elysée Hotel.

Boulevard Café

Boulevard Café

Rothenbaumchaussee 10
20148 Hamburg

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Brasserie Flum

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  • French

Cheerful atmosphere, relaxed conversations and delicious food: The Brasserie Flum in the Grand Elysée Hamburg follows the example of its french role models.

Brasserie Flum

Brasserie Flum

Rothenbaumchaussee 10
20148 Hamburg

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Café Canale

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Are you looking for delicious cake? Then the Grand Café is the place to be! Whether it’s rhubarb, plum, apple or gooseberry cake, baked treats are always available - almost like they're coming from the conveyor belt!

Café Canale

Cafe Canale

Poelchaukamp 7
22301 Hamburg

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT HafenCity & Speicherstadt

The world’s largest warehouse complex and UNSESCO World Heritage. On the other side, towards the banks of the Elbe, the modern, ever-growing architecture of the new harbour district HafenCity. Also, you can enjoy the view of the harbour from nearly everywhere.

HafenCity & Speicherstadt
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CITY AREA PORTRAIT St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn

At Hamburg’s city coast, the Elbe and the harbour, you can just sit down and watch as ships, ferries and tugs pass by and enjoy the strong sea breeze. A few hundred meters away you can experience Hamburg’s world-famous “sinful mile” – the Reeperbahn.

St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn
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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Sternschanze & Karoviertel

The two districts around Schanzenstraße and Schulterblatt are always in motion. Here, it is colourful and lively, and it has become much fancier in the last few years. Still, the district in the borough of Altona has preserved much of its rough, leftist-alternative nonconformism.

Sternschanze & Karoviertel

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