Binnenalster Hamburg
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Binnenalster Hamburg
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Binnenalster Hamburg
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Binnenalster Hamburg
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Binnenalster Hamburg
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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.

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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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.

Alster Round Trips
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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!

All around the Alster

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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 Harvestehude, Uhlenhorst and Winterhude are the preferred living quarters of the wealthy Hamburg residents.

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Maritime flair in the HafenCity. Magellan-Terraces

In front of the Bankhaus Wölbern building take the steps down to the MAGELLAN-TERRACES.

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
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Outstanding German civil engineering Alter Elbtunnel

When the old Elbe Tunnel, also called St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel, opened in 1911, it was a technical sensation. Today, it is a nostalgic and lovingly tended piece of Hamburg history – and has already celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Alter Elbtunnel

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