Explore Lake Alster
The Aussenalster, or Lake Alster, is the outer of two artificial lakes, fed from the river source of the same name. It is a focal point in the heart of Hamburg covering 160 hectares. Formed in the 13th century, it is still a major attraction to the city’s residents and visitors. Water has shaped the history and fortune of Hamburg and has in many ways been a lifeline to this port city. This is evident in the bustling area of St. Pauli harbor and docklands, giving locals a unique relationship with the lakes and rivers that run through the city.
Winding canalsThe waterways make way for the many canals and bridges that meander through the city. It is believed there are more than 2,500 canals in Hamburg, beating cities like Amsterdam and Venice. This infrastructure was largely developed during the prime of the Hanseatic League, where Hamburg was a key trading city. The canals are also the perfect place to do some sightseeing, with plenty of touring boat companies ready to take you to other popular attractions within the city.
An urban oasisThe lakes, divided by two bridges, are a recreational paradise for rowers and boating enthusiasts. Hire a boat and spend a few hours away from the busy streets taking in the scenery, or if you prefer dry land, the tranquil oasis in the center of this urban setting is surrounded by trees and parks. It is the perfect area for picnicking, barbequing and relaxing with friends and family on the surrounding banks. A flat 7 kilometer trail around the entire lake makes the perfect training ground if you are a jogger. Alternatively, it is a nice path if you want to take a gentle stroll. Surrounding the lake, you can enjoy views of the impressive church spires and the contemporary and historic architecture that makes up the city skyline.
Our Radisson Blu Airport Hotel in Hamburg, located adjacent to the terminal buildings, places you within 9 kilometers of the downtown area, its attractions and recreational spaces. Transport links make it easy to reach central Hamburg within just 25 minutes, leaving plenty of time to explore.