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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.

The Binnenalster is the smaller part of the Alster and can be recognised by its characteristic Alster fountain, which can reach a height of up to 60 metres.
The Alster, coming from the north, once only brought cargo traffic to the city. Today's Binnenalster was built around 1250 by building a dam to dam the Alster for milling purposes. The first "Stadtwasserkunst" once stood on the site of today's Alsterhaus and supplied the old town with water from the Alster.

Good to know

  • The basin of the Binnenalster contains as much water as all Hamburgers consume for drinking wahter in one day.
  • The Binnenalster is on average no deeper than 3 metres.
  • If it freezes enough in winter and the ice layer is at least 20 cm thick, you can skate here.
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Hamburg CARD

Free travel by bus, train and harbour ferries (HVV) and up to 50% discount on over 150 tourist offers

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Combiticket: City and Alster round trip

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Visitors who want to get to know Hamburg properly have got to take to the water at some point. This is why the Discovery Tour ticket includes tours of the Alster lake as well as a standard sightseeing tour. A day pass for the red double-decker buses allows you to hop on and off at the 29 stops along the route of the sightseeing tour for a whole calendar day.

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Alster Round Trips

Discover Hamburg with a ride down the Alster. Enjoy the many canals that go down the Inner and Outer Alster and experience a completely different side of Hamburg.

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT All around the Alster

There is much to do around the Alster, one of the must-sees in our beautiful harbour city – Gründerzeit quarters and exclusive residential areas delight fans of architecture, joggers and cyclists. Many individual shops, cafés and restaurants invite visitors to linger. For a workout, for relaxation or just to take a stroll – the Alster is always a pleasant experience!

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Boat rental at the Stadtparksee

The boat rental at the Stadtparksee is located on the Liebesinsel. Canoes, pedal boats and rowing boats can be hired here.

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HafenCity

HafenCity combines tradition and modernity in a unique symbiosis. A true architectural and cultural delight! Attractions such as Miniatur Wunderland, the Elbphilharmonie and the Speicherstadt draw tourists in.

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Hamburg's water station. Landungsbrücken

The floating dock - called the "Landungsbrücken" (landing stages) – is 700 metres long. Harbour tours and the HADAG steamers to Finkenwerder, Oevelgönne and Blankenese leave from this water "station". Impressive luxury cruisers also dock here from time to time.

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