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If the harbor is the heart of Hamburg, then the Alster is its soul. Created by damming a tributary of the River Elbe in the 13th Century, the lake is now an integral part of the cityscape and lends Hamburg its inimitable atmosphere. The Außenalster (Outer Alster) covers an area of 160 hectares (395 acres) and is almost entirely surrounded by parks and trees. You can nearly visit the whole city on water, if you take a boat trip through the many canals.
A state-of-the-art golf club, Golf Lounge is located in the Rothenburgsort neighborhood of Hamburg city. A fully equipped golf lounge, it offers classes and training sessions for beginners as well. With an all-weather driving range, the golf course is known to be entirely handicap accessible. A pro shop and a lounge bar are some of the facilities that are available at the course for all golfers.
If you like rowing for leisure, there are numerous boat hire businesses through which you can hire a range of rowing boats, seating one to eight people. There are several rowing clubs in Hamburg, from which you can pick one to suit your liking and go rowing down the calm waters of the city. The more traditional clubs are spread around the Outer Alster lake and membership into these clubs is not very easy; while some have got waiting lists for years, some only accept men, whilst another only allows women to join, and there are those who offer attractive reduced membership fees for students. But before you get disheartened, take comfort in the fact that there is a club here for everyone, so if you want to get away from vehicular traffic and opt for something quieter instead, head to Rudern and take in Hamburg's tranquility.
Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club is the oldest rowing club in Germany, and was formed with the amalgamation of Der Hamburger Ruder Club and Germania Ruder Club in 1934. This prestigious club has an illustrious history, and membership is private. The boathouse in which the club is located was built in 1924, and is of historic significance today. They frequently hold beginners programs for kids, youth, as well as adults who would like to get a basic overview of the sport. Visit website for details.
The 18-hectare (44-acres) Binnenalster (Inner Alster) was separated from the Outer Alster in the 17th Century and is flanked by three promenades: the Ballindamm, Jungfernstieg and Neuer Jungfernstieg. This lake is the unofficial center of Hamburg. The Binnenalster is the perfect oasis to relax for a moment and enjoy the atmosphere and the view of some historic buildings. During summer you can try different water activities and on special occasions you will see the lake lit up with many colors from fireworks.
The name 'Planten un Blomen' has its origins in the old Hamburg dialect for 'plants and flowers.' With a huge variety of trees, plants, flowers, a Japanese garden and an ice or skating rink for winters, the park attracts thousands of visitors during the warm summer months. One of the major summertime attractions is the water, music and light show. This impressive display takes place at 10p from May to August and at 9p throughout September. Water shows are performed every day in winter, but without the light show. There is also an adventure playground and numerous other activities to ensure that kids enjoy themselves amidst the scenic beauty that is Planten un Blomen.
The Alsterpark is located in the heart of the city, on the western shore of the outer Alster lake. It is equally popular among locals and visitors. Its huge lawns are inviting for those who like to watch the world go by while lying in the sun. People come here to walk, skate, cycle and jog; you also see them walking their dogs and pushing prams. There are also cafés and little kiosks that offer food and drinks, but if you prefer to barbeque, there are several marked areas where you are free to do so.
This model-making exhibition is not just interesting for children but also for all who like to imbibe creativity. Intricately built models can be admired in every corner of the trade fair halls, and thousands of enthusiastic and eager visitors let themselves get carried away by the minuscule representations. Additionally, a large number of built-to-scale vehicles such as ships, cars, planes, military equipment and railways float about in suitable environments and water basins.
Indoo Eisarena is the ultimate winter destination in the city of Hamburg. This outdoor skating rink is ideal for skating enthusiasts of every age, and features LED light displays during the evenings to make your experience more fun and exciting, as well as a lounge area which belts out DJ performances on weekends. One can also grab a strong hot coffee, or gorge on cakes and muffins at their coffee shop. You will find the skates that are just right for you at their rental store, while the venue can also be booked for birthday parties and other events.
Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe is a beautiful area dedicated to the preservation of Kaltehofe waterworks. Today, it houses a museum, an industrial monument and a nature trail. Located in the Rothenburgsort neighborhood of Hamburg, the museum features a history depicting the rich heritage of waterworks Kaltehofe and water control. The mesmerizing trail on the outdoors is used for recreational activities amidst the green surroundings. A refurbished mansion also stands on the property, which reflects the magnificent architecture of the olden days. An exhibition space, lots of meeting rooms and rental space is available in the mansion, to host corporate or private events. When in Hamburg, this attraction is truly one of those gems you can't miss.
This innovative museum tackles the previously under-represented topic of European emigration from Germany. The area on which the museum now stands was once filled with temporary housing units that held millions of people over the course of about 40 years from the turn of the 20th century. These men and women came from across Europe to seek transport with the HAPAG lines that left from Hamburg. Now, the museum offers visitors a chance to look back in time and learn about the lives of the people who made makeshift homes at this facility. With complete digitalized passenger lists and interactive displays, the exhibits showcase the rich history of BallinStadt and the trials of the many emigrants who passed through its doors.
There were times when listening to the radio was cheap, a dream in comparison to today's horrendous licensing fees! That was in 1924 though, when there were only 896 subscribers and four hours of broadcasting a day. NDR (Norddeutsche Rundfunk) has now grown into a modern media giant with 8 different radio stations; four local broadcasters, NDR2 (music and entertainment), Radio 3 (classical), NDR4-Info (news) and N-Joy Radio (for kids and teenagers) - as well as a major TV channel (N3). People can now visit NDR and take a fascinating guided tour through the studios. The "Tagesthemen", Germany's flagship news show, is produced in the Lokstedt television studios; radio shows are broadcast from the Funkhaus on Rothenbaumchaussee. Please contact for detailed information about visits.