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Outer Alster Lake (Aussenalster) Tours

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Outer Alster Lake (Aussenalster)
The Outer Alster Lake (Aussenalster) is the larger of Hamburg’s two lakes, stretching to almost 400 acres (162 hectares) in size, although never more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) deep. Equally popular with tourists and locals, it provides a welcome place of calm and tranquility against the urban backdrop of the busy city.
 
The Basics

Created in the 13th century by damming the Alster River, Outer Alster Lake has always been a favored location for the wealthy of Hamburg to set up residence. This is partly due to strict building regulations that require properties around the lake to be painted white with copper roofs in order to retain a uniform aesthetic that blends in with the natural surroundings. 

Enjoy this little bit of paradise by simply walking or cycling the lake, about 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) around. Alternatively, hire your own sailboat, kayak, canoe, rowboat or paddleboat; explore the lake as part of a group tour; or simply relax in the parks dotted around the Aussenalster. You can also sightsee around the Alster via the Stadtrundfahrt Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Outer Alster Lake is a lovely spot for anyone seeking a respite from Hamburg’s hustle and bustle.
  • There are many boat-rental locations around the lake.
  • Restaurants, cafés, and beer gardens line the banks of the lake, offering plenty of options with waterside views.

How to Get There
Outer Alster Lake is in the northern part of Hamburg, north of Inner Alster Lake and the main train station. The closest U-Bahn stations to the lake’s southern end are Stephansplatz and Hauptbahnhof Nord.

When to Get There
Outer Alster is lovely year-round, but some facilities may be closed in winter. The lake can become busy in the afternoon, particularly during the summer months, so head there in the morning for a more tranquil visit.

Visit the Hamburger Kunsthalle
Nearby the lake is the Hamburger Kunsthalle, one of the largest and most prominent art galleries in Germany. It houses an impressive permanent collection that spans more than seven centuries of art history, while the building itself is a visual highlight, comprising three very distinct architectural styles.
Address: Aussenalster, Hamburg, Germany
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12 Tours and Activities to Experience Outer Alster Lake (Aussenalster)

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Private Sightseeing Tour with our Minibus 8-seater

Private Sightseeing Tour with our Minibus 8-seater

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Take the chance to get a wonderful impression of Hamburg. Enjoy the individual sightseeing tour with our driving guides. They will take care of your wishes and interests while you are sitting in the brand new limousine, minivan or minibus.
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  • 2 hours
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$461.00
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Hop-on Hop-off Tour : combined City Tour by Bus and Boat

Hop-on Hop-off Tour : combined City Tour by Bus and Boat

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Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: Discover with us the most beautiful city in the world in our exclusive modern double-decker buses on the Hop On-Hop Off city tour (Blaue Linie). Experience the breattaking views of the Port of Hamburg, drive trough the wold-famous "Sündige Mile" (Reeperbahn) and visit the legendary "Elbphilharmonie". Let our experienced bus drivers to lead you around the "Binnen" and "Außen Alster up to the world`s largest historical warehouse complex "Speicherstadt" and enjoy the exciting live moderation of our outstanding tour guide experts. Boat Tour: Enjoy your spectacular holiday in Hamburg with a fantastic drive trough the historic "Speicherstadt" with its canals or trough the container port!  Explore this vibrant city from a different perspective and relax as you pass by the beautiful canals of the sight. During the one-hour tour, the captains will explain the Port of Hamburg and provide interesting and entertaining information.
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Private sightseeing tour with a luxury sedan.

Private sightseeing tour with a luxury sedan.

Take the chance to get a wonderful impression of Hamburg. Enjoy the individual sightseeing tour with our driving guides. They will take care of your wishes and interests while you are sitting in the brand new limousine, minivan or minibus.
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Private sightseeing tour with a luxury sedan - Mercedes-Maybach

Private sightseeing tour with a luxury sedan - Mercedes-Maybach

Take the chance to get a wonderful impression of Hamburg. Enjoy the individual sightseeing tour with our driving guides. They will take care of your wishes and interests while you are sitting in the brand new limousine, minivan or minibus.
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Private sightseeing tour in Hamburg with premium minivans

Private sightseeing tour in Hamburg with premium minivans

Take the chance to get a wonderful impression of Hamburg. Enjoy the individual sightseeing tour with our driving guides. They will take care of your wishes and interests while you are sitting in the brand new limousine, minivan or minibus.
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Evectro Motors Tour

Evectro Motors Tour

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Discover Hamburg's most beautiful sights with the e-scooter! With the cool Scrooser or our e-bike you will discover the most interesting sights of Hamburg and the surrounding area. Experience electric driving fun on different tours. Our city tours not only offer incomparable opportunities to get to know the city, but are also suitable as an excellent teambuilding event.
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ENGLISH GUIDED BIKE TOUR HAMBURG - Alsterlake District

ENGLISH GUIDED BIKE TOUR HAMBURG - Alsterlake District

Alsterlake District – Cycle Tours Celebs, Waters and Nature Our start at Rotherbaum will be leading our tour along residences, consulates and parksides along the waterfronts via the farview at the skyline of Hamburg, the platform of the Planetarium with its dreamful view at the parkside and the springs, fountains and gardens - finally along canalsides, the Blue Mosk as one of more highlights, Fairie`s pond, Swan’s bay and bridges. The Feeling of those charming areas never can be expierienced better than per bicycle. Finally we will pass the brillant view down from the Kennedy – Bridge focussing the silhouette of town and the Inner- and Outer Lake by the way  
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GROUP TICKETS HOP-ON HOP-OFF City Tour by Bus

GROUP TICKETS HOP-ON HOP-OFF City Tour by Bus

Discover with us the most beautiful city in the world and its most important sights - in our exclusive modern double-decker buses on the Hop On / Hop Off city tour (Blaue Linie). Experience the breathtaking views of the Port of Hamburg, and go shopping in the relaxed vibrant city center, drive through the world-famous "Sinful Mile" (Reeperbahn) and visit the legendary "Elbphilharmonie". Let our experienced bus drivers to lead you around the "Binnen" and "Außen Alster" up to the world 's largest historical warehouse complex "Speicherstadt" and the modern "HafenCity" and enjoy the exciting live moderation of our outstanding tour guide experts.
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Private sightseeing tour in Hamburg with premium limousines

Private sightseeing tour in Hamburg with premium limousines

Take the chance to get a wonderful impression of Hamburg. Enjoy the individual sightseeing tour with our driving guides. They will take care of your wishes and interests while you are sitting in the brand new limousine, minivan or minibus.
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$366.34
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Guided Bus Tour: Hamburg City Highlights

Guided Bus Tour: Hamburg City Highlights

Explore Hamburg’s city highlights in style on this 2-hour guided bus tour. Hop aboard your bus in central Hamburg then set off through the city with a guide. Gain insight into Hamburg’s history and learn of the city’s coffee, tea and spice trade routes. Enjoy fine views over Outer Alster Lake and the Elbe River, follow pretty roads through the historic Old Town and explore the old warehouse district. Admire modern construction in the HafenCity district, explore Hamburg’s underbelly in St Pauli and discover top attractions including St Michael's Church.
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  • 2 hours
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Exclusive classic car tour through the posh districts on the Alster

Exclusive classic car tour through the posh districts on the Alster

Knattertour with the old-timer Tempo Hanseat. Get in and be fun. The little red runabout, after all, it manages almost 40 km / h, offers space for max. 4 people and can be booked as a convertible or closed. The guided sightseeing tour includes a free cold drink and a vibrating massage. I will show you the most beautiful hotspots on the Alster. Past magnificent villas and residences such as those of the designer Jil Sander, Wolfgang Joop and the shipowner Slomann. It continues impressively - from the fairytale view of the blue mosque to the birthplace of Hans Albers in St. Georg. A rattling tour de luxe with lots of fun and fresh air around the Außenalster. Exclusive private tour max. 4 participants Time & meeting point: individual Duration: 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Stand Up Paddling Sightseeing Hamburg

Stand Up Paddling Sightseeing Hamburg

Experiencing Hamburg from the water side is a very special experience. The 38 Hekta lake in the heart of the city is unique with the canal system. On the Stand Up Paddle Board we drive over the long train, past the oldest boathouse in the city to Eppendorf to the impressive water properties at the Rondeelteich where several celebrities live. Here we will either do technique exercises or yoga on the board to get an even better feeling for the board afterwards. Depending on how much time is planned, you can also have an aperitif on the water before heading back to Winterhude through one of the most beautiful canal sections. There you can have freshly squeezed juices or small snacks at the station and watch the goings-on on the jetty.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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