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Schön, very beautiful

In the heart of the old city is this beautiful place, the small lake or the Binnenalster. With some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Calgary, Canada
Lovely place to watch the boats

This is a nice place to sit down and relax by the water side. You can watch the boats and have a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Buderim, Australia
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The city's inner port area also serves as its commercial center with a wide range of shops and restaurants.
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  • Very good40%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the heart of the old city is this beautiful place, the small lake or the Binnenalster. With some of the most elegant buildings surrounding it, add in a beautiful fountain and several cafes, shops and hotels, there is lots to do here. Unwind, eat...More

Thank DavidTAC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice place to sit down and relax by the water side. You can watch the boats and have a coffee close by.

Thank olie293
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice for walking and strolling around, shops and the Europa-Passage, Cafés and Restaurants direct on the Binnenalster with banks and stairs to sit.

Thank shipcrack
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The lake is an artificial enlargement of the river Alster with hundreds of sailing boats moored or gently sailing by, several rowing clubs along the shore, motor barges offering canal cruises, and in winter the frozen surface - more and more rarely nowadays - attracts...More

Thank opossumd
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Wonderful little lake arcade area, just in front of the Rathaus. There are cafés and restaurants all around, and there were even swans swimming in the water! Although when it's windy, you can get quite wet from the water jet. The flags around give it...More

Thank LucyKotsiopoulou
Reviewed 30 July 2017

This lovely lakeside promenade is a great place to watch the boats on the Alster from. If boats are not your style then just take a seat and do some people watching.

Thank swissonj
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Smaller of the two Alster lakes - lovely views, with the city skyline reflected in the water. Quite a bit of wild bird-life (swans and ducks), and the Alster pleasure boats all set sail from here. Surrounded by trees, it makes for a very pleasant...More

Thank musicman2016
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Great relaxing place. There are lots of things to see and do around the area. Fantastic friendly city.

Thank andywardi3iskk
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Great Lake, located in the very center of the city - it is quite unusual. It is full of restaurants, shops and cafes.

Thank Ogi0
Reviewed 5 June 2017

It should be sun, otherwise it is not so inviting. But on a sunny day you sit down at the steps at the lake, and relax. Enjoy the big fountain in the water, look after the many little and bigger boats - it is a...More

Thank 545medva
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