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  • Address: An der Alster
  • Admission: Free

Boating on the Alster Lakes is a special experience in Hamburg, highlighting the historic role of waterways in Germany’s biggest port.

Hamburg grew up around the River Alster, and the waterway has been dammed since the 12th century, transforming a river into lakes.

The artificial Inner and Outer Alster lakes (Binnenalster and Aussenalster) are the dammed tributaries of the River Elbe, while the Alsterfleet canal separates Hamburg’s old and new towns.

The elegant buildings of Hamburg, Germany’s second biggest city, put on their best face from the Alster lakes and canal. Longer excursions head north, crisscrossing from bank to bank of the Aussenalster.

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The Alster Lakes form the centerpiece of Hamburg’s city center.

The Kennedy and Lombards bridges separate the inner Binnenalster and outer Aussenalster lakes, while the Alsterfleet runs from Binnenalster down to the Elbe.

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Essential Hamburg Combo: Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Cruise and Lake Alster

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 36 Reviews

See the best of Hamburg on an easy and convenient hop-on hop-off tour, including two cruises – a harbor cruise and a panoramic sightseeing cruise on Lake ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $44.11

Guided Hamburg City Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Discover Hamburg on a 3.5-hour guided bike tour. Your tour guide will show you the main sights and tell you all the important facts, figures and stories. There ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.15

Illuminated Hamburg City Tour and Evening Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

The Illuminated Hamburg City Tour and Evening Cruise is the ideal way to entertain the whole family and a great introduction to the cosmopolitan city of ...  Read more

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.59

Hamburg Card

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

With city-state traditions reaching back for centuries, Hamburg has always played a special political and cultural role in Germany's history.

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Varies

From USD $10.75

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