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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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Binnenalster 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.

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

Stadt und Alsterrundfahrt
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Combined Ticket City and Alster Tour

  • Cosy boat trip on the Alster
  • Legendary red double decker

 

Combined Ticket City and Alster Tour
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From 32.50 €*

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Alsterrundfahrt Hamburg
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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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Außenalster
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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.

Außenalster
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View Point

A viewing tower offers a host of new perspectives of the growing HafenCity in Hamburg. However, it is not only the view which is spectacular. The View Point itself is very eye-catching.

View Point
Elbstrand Wittenbergen
© Geheimtipp Hamburg

Wittenbergen Elbe Shore

Want to go to the seaside in Hamburg? Standing at the Elbe River, watching the boats passing by and listening to the sounds of the seagulls – this seaside dream comes true. At one area of the Elbe beach, the Wittenberger Shore, the holiday feeling is all around.

Wittenbergen Elbe Shore

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