With a stately size of 164 hectares, the Außenalster is a popular place for walks on all banks. A walk along the Alster is part of a visit to Hamburg, whatever the weather.
Cycling tours, running routes, paddling and much more - anyone who wants to combine an excursion with exercise has plenty of opportunities to do so in Hamburg. The countless waterways of the Alster invite you to take long boat trips, and you can stop off for refreshments at the numerous piers.
A few metres down the street in the direction of Winterhude is Mühlenkamp, an El Dorado for gourmets, art nouveau lovers and lovers of unusual treasures beyond the mainstream. Shop in small, fine boutiques behind magnificent white façades. Here you will find fashion, furniture, original gifts or cosmetics.
In between, treat yourself to culinary delights, because nowhere else is there such a colourful gastronomic offer as here: Cafés, ice cream parlours, snack bars and restaurants from low budget to gourmet - many even with a view of the water.
Take a break from everyday life and experience stars up close at the Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus. We play varied and diverse comedies and
offer you fun with metropolitan entertainment theatre. One thing is certain: we make people laugh! As a family business, our theatre is one of the few in Hamburg that is only sustained by the popularity of its theatre guests. That is why the wishes of our audience are our top priority.
Numerous well-known stars from film and television regularly appear on stage here, such as Tanja Wedhorn, Manon Straché, Saskia Valencia, Andrea Lüdke, Nina Bott, Nora von Collande, Herbert Herrmann, Walter Plathe, Helmut Zierl, Hugo Egon Balder, Oliver Mommsen, Jochen Busse and many more. The program is complemented by special events in the fields of literature, music and cabaret, with performances by established stars as well as young upcoming artists. There is also family theatre from Christian Berg, Germany's best-known specialist in this field.
Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus
Well over 300,000 people go on voyages of discovery into the cosmos every year in the former water tower in Hamburg's Stadtpark. The Hamburg Planetarium, with its technical facilities and
The planetarium's wide-ranging programme makes it a popular meeting place for the public, culture and science that is respected far beyond Germany's borders.
In 2017, the planetarium was extensively renovated. In addition to a spacious foyer, the expanded exhibition area and a restaurant, it now also offers barrier-free access all the way up to the viewing platform.
The Earth and its place in the cosmos are the focus of the extensive programme. In addition, visitors to the planetarium experience worlds of music, light, literature and lasers up close and in technical brilliance. The programme offers visitors an extensive programme in the major thematic areas of "Our World", "Our Cosmos" and "Our Stars", star journeys through time and space - also in 3D image and sound format. In addition, there are readings, concerts and performances by many well-known and popular artists.
The Hamburg Planetarium has a combination of technology that is unique in the world. It is the first star theatre in the world in which an immersive 3D image merges with 3D sound to create an overall experience. The lifelike Zeiss star projection, a digital 8K 3D full-dome projection, the 3D sound system and the world's largest show laser and lighting system form the outstanding set of instruments for travelling with this "cruise ship of the senses".
The Hamburg Planetarium has been housed in the former Winterhude water tower in the city park since 1930. This makes it one of the longest-serving "star theatres" in the world. The building in the middle of the city park is one of the Hanseatic city's attractions. From its viewing terrace at a height of approx. 40 metres, a fascinating view of the Hanseatic city opens up.
The Stadtparksee outdoor summer pool is one of the most popular outdoor pools in Hamburg due to its green location and spacious grounds. Here you can escape the summer heat for a few hours.
If you need a rest between all the sightseeing and shopping in Hamburg, the summer outdoor pool at Hamburg's Stadtpark is the place to be. At 107 by 138 metres, the summer outdoor pool at Stadtparksee is the largest outdoor pool in Hamburg and is only separated from Stadtparksee by a wall. The water quality is very good, as the water is drawn from the Alster and filtered.
Cooling off for young and old at the Stadtparksee outdoor summer pool. The Stadtparksee natural swimming pool is also particularly fun for little visitors, as there is a beach for building castles and, since this season, a special highlight - a pontoon with a water slide in the middle of the water. Parents don't need to worry, the hustle and bustle is supervised by a bathing attendant. Culinary delights are also catered for - Schuhmacher's beer garden borders directly on the bath.
Right in the middle of Hamburg's Stadtpark, directly on the Alster. Before or after refreshing yourself in the Stadtparksee outdoor summer pool, you can enjoy some time out in the city park. The green area is Hamburg's green lung and delights with a varied array of extensive meadows, small forests, beautiful rose gardens, a children's playground and a mini-golf course. The centre of the city park is the large barbecue and festival meadow.
Since 1989, the white villa at Schwanenwik on the Uhlenhorst has been home to Nobel Prize winners and up-and-coming authors, to artists and theatre people, to philosophers and debaters. Not only authors from all over the world, but also the public love the hospitable atmosphere,
the stimulating climate and the ambitious literary programme in the wonderfully restored late classicist house on the Außenalster.
Conceived in 1985 by literature-loving Hanseatic citizens, the Literaturhaus has developed into the centre of literary life in the Hanseatic city and, with its reputation, attracts attention beyond Hamburg's borders. The Literaturhaus team organises around 150 readings, panel discussions, round-table talks and literary evenings every year. Regular series take place, e.g. the "Philosophical Café", "March & Moritz & 1 Guest" or the "Mixed Doubles". There are also festivals lasting several days, such as the "Nordic Literature Days" or the "Hamburg Graphic Novel Days".
The Young Literature House takes care of young readers: with the monthly series "Fun with Books", the "STA* Club", where prominent writers such as Peter Rühmkorf or Siegfried Lenz have already answered questions, the rap poets Timo Brunke and Bas Böttcher have performed their poetry or young authors have read from their debuts. Or with the "writing lab" for young people who have a novel slumbering in their desk drawer and dream of becoming a writer. With the "Schoolhouse Novel" written by pupils. With the "Gedankenflieger", where children philosophise about questions of life.
With its magnificent ballroom and Beletage, with its inviting gastronomic offer, the cosy reading café, the bar and the excellently stocked bookshop Samtleben, the Literaturhaus is a cultural oasis where it is easy to feel at home.
The proximity to the Alster, the city centre and Hamburg's city park make Winterhude, located in the north of Hamburg, and the smaller and quieter Uhlenhorst popular residential areas. There is a wide range of shopping opportunities,
as many small boutiques and delicatessens have settled here. Both districts are considered chic and expensive, but one does them an injustice if one reduces them to that: in addition to the magnificent villas with a view of the Alster and the elegant town houses, the high-rises in Dorotheenstraße and the listed 1920s red brick buildings of Jarrestadt are also part of the district. Young families, students and senior citizens all feel equally at home here.
Drivers can park their car safely in our underground car park. For everyone else (and drivers who don't want to be stuck in traffic jams in Hamburg), Metrobus 6 stops right outside our door and takes you directly from the hotel to the city centre for shopping, sightseeing or business meetings. Also a destination of the 6: the HafenCity with the Elbphilharmonie and trendy restaurants.
Do you like to walk?
It only takes 20 minutes to walk along the Außenalster from the hotel to the city centre. For the way back, you can comfortably get on the Metrobus 6 in the city centre and get off again in front of the hotel. Ideal in bad weather or with aching feet.