The Aussenalster, Lake Alster, is the outer of two lakes, fed from the river source of the same name. It is a focal point in the heart of Hamburg covering 160 hectares. It was formed in the 13th century and 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. 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. Nowhere is this more important than on this lake and the smaller Binnenalster (Inner Alster). These 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.
An urban oasis
The 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. If you prefer dry land, this 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 7km trail around the entire lake makes the perfect training ground if you are a jogger. Alternatively, it is a nice path if you wish 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.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport, located adjacent the terminal buildings, places you within 8km of the downtown area, its attractions and recreational spaces. Transport links make it easy to reach central Hamburg within just 20 minutes, leaving plenty of time to explore.