Walking around the two lakes this river forms within the city of Hamburg easily becomes a favourite past-time. In any weather, at any time of the year, it’s a satisfyingly long stroll that’s both calming and invigorating. Joggers also frequent the seven km long route, as do cyclists, parents, dog owners and tourists. A lush, green area in spring and summer, walking around the Alster river takes your mind away, and you don’t have to travel far to get there. Either start from the city center around the town hall and pass the small Alster (Binnenalster) before proceeding around the big Alster (Außenalster), or walk in to the Alsterpark at the other end and make your way from there. It’s impossible to get lost as you just follow the lake curve, signs are situated in convenient places, and so are a few cafes and ice-cream trucks in good weather. It’s one of the areas in Hamburg that make you feel how special this city is.