Local attractions


For sports enthusiasts, Hamburg has several professional teams and tournaments for spectators including the Deutsche Bank Players Championship golf event and the World Triathlon Championship. For those who like to take a more active roll, the city offers numerous facilities to enjoy. Joggers can take advantage of the city's networks of trails - especially those along Alster Lake - which are the perfect venue for a workout.


If the harbour is Hamburg's hear t then the Alster is its soul. Dammed in the 13th century, today it gives the city a special kind of atmosphere and is an integral par t of the panorama. Which other metropolis can boast a lake in its midst? The Outer Alster is a basin that stretches over 160 hectares and has an average depth of 2.5 metres. Parks and other areas of greenery, which are filled with a number of statues, flank it. In the summer the Outer Alster is a popular place for sailing and rowing. If it is very cold in the winter, the lake can freeze over, which is always a cause for celebration for the locals. The Inner Alster Lake (18 hectares) is vir tually square-shaped. It was separated from the Outer Alster in the 17th century and is flanked by three promenades: the Ballindamm, the Jungfernstieg and the Neuer Jungfernstieg. In the summer a huge fountain sprays water to a height of 35 metres.


For a city of its size, Hamburg has more museums than one would expect. In fact, almost any area of interest is available. Examples include the International Maritime Museum, the Zoological Museum, Ar ts & Crafts Museum, Wax Museum to name but a few.

A aerial view

The “Panorama of the City of New York” exhibit at Queens Museum lets you enjoy an “indoor” helicopter ride over the city. The 9,335-square-foot scale model (one inch equals 100 feet) was originally built for the 1964 World’s Fair. Today, the handcrafted miniature metropolis includes 895,000 buildings, and all of the parks, streets, bridges and boroughs of the city built before 1992, along with a few newer additions.