The Alster Lake was created in 1190 under Count Adolf III. by damming the river with a dam to serve as a mill pond for operating a large grain mill. The uninhabited Alster meadows were flooded extensively. After the later leaseholder Reese the dam was named Reesedamm, from which after further widening today's Jungfernstieg was. It was not until 1616 to 1625 that the mill pond was separated with the construction of the Hamburger Wallanlagen in the outer and inner Alster. The flow of the Alster received a wooden bridge, with a floating, secured to chains tree trunk as a barrier. At this point later the Lombardsbrücke was built and in 1953 north of it the New Lombards Bridge, present Kennedy Bridge, was built.Additional:
Round trips around or on the Inner and Outer Alster Lake as well as walks around the water are very popular with locals and tourists. Sunsets on the outer Alster lend a romantic flair and the adjacent attractions are worth a visit.
With a stately size of 164 hectares, the Outer Alster on all the banks is a popular starting point for walks. For joggers, the paths along the water are also popular and small sailing ships and the Alster steamer make their rounds on the water.
The Kennedy and Lombards Bridge separate the outskirts of the Binnenalster. The Lombards Bridge also marks the old course of the city fortification. Those who find the way to the Outer Alster too tedious, despite all the temptations, prefer the little round around the Binnenalster.
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