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Wasserlichtspiele Planten un Blomen

Light spectacle in Planten un Blomen

The perfect end to the day on mild summer evenings: From May to October, the famous water light concerts at the Parksee in Planten un Blomen take place every evening at 10 pm in a romantic atmosphere.

The water light organ is played live and the colourfully illuminated water fountains move in sync with the music in accordance to a specially written partition. Two artists perform the compositions: one moves the water fountains and the other plays the "light piano". The magical performance lasts half an hour and brings a long and exciting day to an atmospheric end with the water games at Planten un Blomen in Hamburg.

Harmony of light, water and music

The "light piano" has 95 white keys alone and 99 water glands spray the water into the different forms. The main beam can reach a height of up to 36 meters.

Small information on the side: the water light organ moves as much water as a city with 500,000 inhabitants consumes per hour! Already in 1938 the first water fountain was installed in Planten un Blomen - with a 50 meter high water jet and two side fountains.

This first predecessor of the water light organ was extended for the International Horticultural Exhibition in 1953 and 1963, and since the IGA in 1973 the water light organ has existed in its present form.

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Concerts & Live Music

Every year Hamburg hosts rousing concerts of all genres. And not without reason: With the Barclaycard-Arena, the Markthalle or the Mojo-Club, Hamburg has the most beautiful location in Germany for the most electrifying events.

Concerts & Live Music
Streetart Schanze
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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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The "green lung" of Hamburg. Planten un Blomen

The Planten un Blomen Park in the centre of Hamburg is a wonderful destination for families, couples in love and those seeking relaxation. There is a botanical garden with a tropical house and the largest Japanese garden in Europe. Whether you are riding a pony or having a tea ceremony in the Japanese Garden, everyday life is far away

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Great family fun for young and old Minigolfcourse Planten un Blomen

The Planten un Blomen minigolf course is located in the green heart of Hamburg and can be easily reached by train or car.

Minigolfcourse Planten un Blomen
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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.


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