The banks of the Alster in the north of Hamburg are lush on summer days, branches sticking into the water, decaying tree trunks remain on the edge of the narrow river. On the hill at the Mellingburger lock was 1200 years ago a mound castle, the Mellingburg. It was located on the so-called Ox Trail, were transported from the north skins, honey and amber to the confluence of the Elbe and Alster. Until the Hammaburg, which was at this confluence, it was still a day trip. The Ochsenweg ran like today's hiking trail through the Alster Valley. Today, nothing reminds on the Alsterwanderweg the drudgery, with the ox cart must have worked through the valley. The wealth that has been generated in Hamburg in the course of history, can also be seen on the Alster: huge manicured property with magnificent houses drag down to the river.
August 9, 2017
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