Hiking Highlight (Segment)
The wide strip of green on the west bank of the Alster is one of the most beautiful places in Hamburg's city center with the special flair of nature in front of a cityscape. However, the big city is also noticeable here in other ways: it is almost always full at the weekend. If you do not like to be in crowds, it becomes unbearable on beautiful summer weekends at the latest from noon.
Cycling is prohibited on the riverside path. Some cyclists still try their luck, but with a large crowd you can only go at walking pace - or push.
Dogs must be kept on a leash. However, there is a large (unfenced) free-running area on one of the Alster meadows.
Otherwise there are a lot of joggers out here. The slightly over 7 km long loop around the Außenalster is the classic among Hamburg's jogging routes.
December 3, 2017
Up until the 12th century, the Alster was a narrow river that meandered from its source in today's Henstedt-Ulzburg through a marshy landscape to the Elbe.
With the construction of two dams in 1189 and 1235, the Alster was dammed into two artificial lakes, the Große and the Kleine Alster. The dams provided protection from the tidal flood and were used to operate the mills
The reservoir was an important water reservoir and protected the approximately 1000 residents of the city of Hamburg from hostile attacks.
Agriculture and horticulture shaped the use of the surrounding land. For centuries, the nuns of the Herwardeshude Cistercian monastery used the western Alster foothills to grow flowers, to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables.
The damp Alster meadows served as pasture for large cattle and horses. Many street names around the monastery star are reminiscent of this influential nunnery, which soon had more lands than the city of Hamburg
owned. As a result of the Reformation, the monastery was dissolved and the nuns moved to the St. Johannis monastery, which still exists today as an Evangelical women's convent in Eppendorfer Heilwigstrasse.
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December 20, 2019
The widest section of the Alster Park is the Alster foothills. The Alster foothills on the north-west bank of the Outer Alster were redesigned in 1953 as part of the International Garden Show IGA 1953. The large sunbathing area right on the water with Japanese cherry trees, several sculptures by various artists and the typical white park chairs is one of the most beautiful places in Hamburg for many residents.
Hamburg is a metropolis of millions and the Außenalster has always been Hamburg's playground, especially when the sun is shining. So don't be surprised if it gets full. Quiet times are early morning, when most are still asleep.
June 22, 2018
Incidentally, the numerous gray geese that are now back in Hamburg and the Alster foothills are also interesting. The gray geese graze there on the lawns and are very trusting. This is another reason why it is appropriate to keep dogs on a leash so that the gray geese do not have to flee. At times they are also unable to fly and then unfortunately it happens again and again that a goose is killed by a dog.
Interestingly, these gray geese, although not shy, are wild birds. It is not uncommon for them to fly to the Hamburg area or even to the Netherlands. If you stay outside of Hamburg, you have the normal escape distance of all wild geese - several hundreds of meters.
Many greylag geese are ringed in blue, so you know exactly where the geese are and when.
December 13, 2018
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