The “Alsterwanderweg” is a hiking trail that runs along the Alster River for about 56km. The southern section of the trail (22km) leads through the ‘Alstertal’ (Alster valley) with wonderful parks and villas, along the outer and the inner Alster, and terminates directly in the heart of Hamburg: at the harbor where the Alster runs into the Elbe River. The trail is very popular with locals year-round as every season brings its own charm to this scenic route.
Take the S-Bahn up north to Poppenbüttel to begin your 5-hour adventure either on foot or by bicycle. Once you’ve crossed Wentzelplatz, you’ll reach the hiking trail via Kritenbarg. As you head south you’ll sometimes follow the meandering river on its right then on its left again.
There are some sections where you’ll need to cross or walk along a street. Some of the many rowing clubs and locks on your way down to Winterhude have restaurants with a gorgeous view of the river.
After passing through Eppendorf, you’ll reach the spacious Alsterpark on the outer Alster, a very wide section of the river with a beautiful view of the inner city’s skyline. Finally, you’ll know you’re on the last stretch of the path when you pass under Kennedy- and Lombardsbrücke (bridges) to arrive at the inner Alster and the city center. Although the direction of trail is marked by signs, be sure to bring a map with you!