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 which rise north of Hamburg and was dammed to form an artificial lake. The northern part of the lake is called "Außenalster" and is surrounded by a Park.
"Blankenese" is a Nobel district of Hamburg, which is situated on a hill overlooking the river Elbe. In Blankenese you will see many beautiful houses and villas with nice gardens. Steep stairs lead down to the beach.
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.