There are two kinds of water that are very important for Hamburg but very different – the Elbe and the Alster. The Elbe is a symbol for Hamburg as a harbour city open to the world, showing heavy industry charm and lots of maritime issues, and the Alster is just the other way round.
The two Alster Lakes, the inner and the outer Alster, are Hamburg’s private property. Around the outer Alster you’ll find lots of luxury and wealthy houses showing the richness of old Hamburg families and companies. The walk around the so called “Aussenalster” is one of my favorite tools for relaxation in Hamburg. You can walk there alone, together with a friend or together with your kids in a buggy or on a bike. It’s a convenient distance for a good talk, nice breaks at ice cream spots or for a cup of coffee (at Alsterperle, Cliff, Bodos Bootssteg and others). You can watch sailing or rowing boats, the joggers and strollers, in summer people have private barbecues on the greens and if you like you can dip your toe or feet into the water. All this with a nice view of the city skyline living with water.
The walk around the outer Alster is 7.4 kilometres long and takes about 1 hour 15 minutes or longer depending on the breaks you enjoy. With kids don’t forget to bring some bread for the ducks, geese or swans!