If the harbor is the heart of Hamburg, then the Alster is its soul. Created by damming a tributary of the River Elbe in the ... More
If the harbor is the heart of Hamburg, then the Alster is its soul. Created by damming a tributary of the River Elbe in the 13th century, the lake is now an integral part of the cityscape and lends Hamburg its inimitable atmosphere. The Außenalster (Outer Alster) covers an area of 160 hectares and is almost entirely surrounded by parks and trees. The 18-hectare Binnenalster (Inner Alster) was separated from the Outer Alster in the 17th century and is flanked by three promenades: the Ballindamm, Jungfernstieg and Neuer Jungfernstieg.
Alster is a huge big lake in Hamburg... it is man-made.
Every year in April thousands of people from all over Germany come to and throw bananas into Alster lake.
It is a huge German holiday in Hamburg, they throw in the bananas to feed the sea-monkeys.
The German people believe that the sea-monkeys are lords of the ocean and if they keep the sea monkeys happy their boats won't sink.
Years ago there was a market on top of Alster when it froze over in the winter, until one year when there was too much weight and not think enough ice. Well the Ice broke and many of the people fell into the icy water and died. There are increadible shop all around it, and the ice cream is great! If you get too warm in the summer there is a subway station under the Alster that makes you feel like you have AC again!
Hagenbeck's 100 year old zoo is home to countless species of animals, a tropical centre, a dolphin show, several restaurants
and a beautiful recreation park. Some of the animals live in special rocky environments, others in spacious water holes. ...
The old steamer St.Georg is already more than one hundred years old. It was built in Hamburg in 1876 and
served as a regular Alster ship until 1939. After it was renovated and fitted with a new steam engine ...
With a long stretch of coast, dozens of rivers, canals and the Outer Alster lake, Hamburg is a paradise for
water sport lovers. The city has 25 official canoe clubs alone, all of which are members of the Hamburg ...
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