Alster Lakes Tours

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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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Address: An der Alster, Hamburg 20099, Germany
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Admission: Free
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Hamburg Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise on Lake Alster

Explore the city of Hamburg, Germany with a 1-hour, small-group sunset cruise along the Alster. Enjoy a panoramic view of Hamburg from the lake, a right tributary of the Elbe River. See green parks, plenty of old buildings, some of the biggest churches in Hamburg, plus Alster fountain and the Elbphilharmonie, a new concert hall in the HafenCity quarter, in the distance. Relax, enjoy a refreshing beverage on board and admire the scenic view.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Essential Hamburg Combo: Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Cruise and Lake Alster

Enhance your Hamburg experience with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by land and water! Aboard a double-decker bus, pass main city attractions and disembark at any of the 28 stops for close-up views of sights like St Michael Church and the renowned Reeperbahn red-light district. Your ticket includes two 60-minute boat trips through Hamburg’s historic harbor and Lake Alster. Do everything in one day, or spread the three activities over three consecutive days!
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$47.36
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Guided Tour: Hamburg

Discover top city attractions and famous landmarks in Hamburg on this private 3-hour guided tour. Follow a private guide through the bustling streets of Hamburg and gain insight into the city’s rich history. Travel by public bus and ferry, and take in sites of interest including Elbe Philharmonic Hall, Elbe Tunnel and the Kontorhäuser. Admire panoramic views over Hamburg and the Alster River from St Michael's Church, soak up the atmosphere in buzzing districts including HafenCity, Landungsbrücken, Mönckebergstraße and Speicherstadt, and explore the historic Portuguese Quarter.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$311.89
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Illuminated Hamburg City Tour and Evening Cruise

Enjoy a wonderful introduction to Hamburg on this 3-hour illuminated Hamburg city tour with evening cruise. Travel by double-decker bus from Hamburg’s train station to Outer Alster Lake. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the gentle waters. Take in fine views over the lakeside as the city lights dance on the water. Then, travel onward by double-decker bus to the ‘Planten und Blomen’ gardens. Sip Champagne and enjoy the park’s beautiful light and water show. Afterward, discover top city attractions by night aboard your bus. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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THE HAMBURG EXPERIENCE - PREMIUM SIGHTSEEING TOUR HAMBURG

Maximize your time in Hamburg with a personal chauffeur and a custom-made itinerary. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle, visit the sights that interest you most, and spend as long as you like at each stop. Perhaps jump out to admire landmarks like the Elbphilharmonie or Hamburger Dom, take a walk around the Reeperbahn red-light district, explore the historic port, or soak up the scenery around the Alster Lakes.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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