The "Binnenalster" (Inner Alster Lake) is the southern part of the Alster lake, which flows through the Alsterfleet into the river Elbe. The splendid lake is surrounded by prominent hotels and corporate offices. In the summer you can admire the 60 m high "Alster Fountain".
After the fortification was demolished in 1820, the first zoo was established here in 1863. Later the ground was repeatedly rebuilt for horticultural exhibitions. Today "Planten un Blomen" (Plants and Flowers) is one of the most beautiful gardens in Hamburg.
With 148 hectares the "Stadtpark" (city park) in Winterhude is the largest park in Hamburg. The park with a lake, festival grounds, Planetarium, beer garden and sports fields was opened in 1914. On the festival grounds there are two sculptures by Georg Kolbe. On Goldbekkanal there is a Café.
The Alster is a small river that rises north of Hamburg and has been dammed up into an artificial lake. The northern part of the lake is called the Außenalster and is surrounded by the Alster Park. The Außenalster is one of the most popular local recreation areas of Hamburg. In summer you can sail across the water. In winter, when it is cold enough, you can skate on the frozen lake.
Blankenese is a noble district of Hamburg, which was built on a hill above the Elbe. Here are many stately villas with spacious gardens. Steep stairs lead down to the beach. The Elbe is already very wide here, it is almost 2.5 kilometers to the opposite bank. You can walk along the river or explore the Treppenviertel (stair district).
On "Elbstrand" (Elbe beach) in Othmarschen you can walk on the shore of the river and watch the big ships entering the port or leave the city toward North Sea.
Parks and gardens in Hamburg
Hamburg is a green city, there are many beautiful parks, lakes and green spaces in the urban area. For long walks you can stroll along the Alster lake or the Elbe river.