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Alster Lakes

Brucke 1,, Hamburg, Germany (Neustadt)
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As featured in 3 days in Hamburg and 1 other guide
Ranked #15 of 153 Attractions in Hamburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Bodies of Water, Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: You can take a guided boat tour of the lake, or rent a canoe. There are running/walking paths through the park, along with bars and cafes.
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I always love walking around the small Alster when in Hamburg. At night the lights reflecting on the water are stunning, by day it is a great place to watch the boats and people go by.

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Centurion, South Africa
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176 reviews 176 reviews
57 attraction reviews
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

A boat trip along the Alster Lakes is in my opinion not to be missed! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our boat trip around the Alster with magnificent views of the breathtaking surrounding areas. Quaint little houses with flower pots filled with blossoms of flowers line the canals. Our boat trip was absolutely romantic and I can highly recommend... More

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Moscow, Russia
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Very nice lake trip, a guide speaks in German but you can take an electronic guide. I got onboard from the place to the right from Rathaus square, but I saw a lot of places with small boats offer such a trip.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Nothing better on a nice sunny day than strolling around the lakes. There are boat trips, retaurants and bars along with many places to sit, relax and unwind.

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St. Saviour
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Close to city centre yet once on the lake was very tranquil. The lake is used by commuters as well as sail enthusiasts, lovely to see how busy it gets.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

She bathed in beautiful lake in the middle of Hamburg just for 10 days, enjoying the downtown mix of busy metropolitan life and gorgeous white buildings, with copper rooftops.I imagined how she swim up with an old pirate ship. Although she wasn't there when I visited Hamburg, that relaxing image on Alster lake is forever carved in my heart.Just sitting... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Choose the two hour trip and if possible sit outside. Really nice except the German commentary is too loud otherwise very enjoyable.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Wonderful to rent a bike or walk the big and small lakes. Alternatively go for a cruise on the lakes. The magnificent homes and pretty gardens and scenery is worth the walk.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It shocked me to learn that the centrepiece of Hamburg is actually a manmade lake. The area around it is beautiful. Nice for long walks, sailing, and a short tour on the waterbus.

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Roxborough Park, Colorado, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

What a delight to take a small excursion on the Alster .viwing the huge old hotels, merchant building and old villas of the Aristocracy, gliding und old bridges and seeing all the sail boats on the Outer alster make for a great outing. You can enjoy a beer or a beverage of your choice and take in the scenery as... More

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