After being tempted to eating rather too many waffles for breakfast, a long walk seemed to be the answer so we headed to the lake front in the centre of town. This is the Alster, the central point alongside the harbour pier and main shopping centre. We had walked along there the previous day so instead crossed the bridge dividing the two lakes to the smaller Aussenalster. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre it’s much more tranquil here, but just as scenic. We followed a 7km walking trail around the lake which took us about two hours, excluding a coffee stop at one of the many lakeside cafes along the way.
On this icy cold February morning there were plenty of people about, keep fit enthusiasts jogging along, cyclists and families enjoying a Sunday morning stroll. There were lovely views to be had both of the natural beauty of the lake and also of the Hamburg skyline with its famous spires and towers. Our walk took us alongside beautiful old white villas and smart neighbourhoods, it was a perfect way to end our weekend in this German city.
After returning to our hotel to collect our bags, we took the train back to the airport for our return flight back to London Heathrow airport.
For a short European break, Hamburg has lots to offer for both city and nature lovers. It’s a very clean, safe city and is definitely worthy of a weekend away.
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