Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 16, 2017

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Many cruise companies ply the lakes, rivers and canals of the city known as the Venice of the North.

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Hamburg’s earth, wind and water

Germany’s second most populated city is green and wet. Roughly 50 percent of it is water, woodlands or parkland. For anyone who loves to walk that translates into 1400 grassy parks and flowery gardens. Not surprising, green is the city's official colour.

Most visitors obviously start on the water. Hamburg is, after all, called the Venice of the North. A boat cruise brings you along the Alster River, past the Alsterpark and stately waterfront villas. ATG-Alster-Touristik (tel: 011-49-40-357-4240; alstertouristik.de has daily cruise departures every 30 minutes from 10AM to 6PM, with tours lasting 50 minutes. The ships leave from the Jungfernstieg quayside. Ask the captain for an audio guide for an English tour.

After you’ve taken in the waterways as a spectator, go for something more hands-on with a paddle on the Aussenalster (the Outer Alster Lake). H. Pieper (tel: 011-49-40-247-578; segelschule-pieper.de) rents rowboat, paddle boats or one-person sailing dinghies.

Landlubbers will want to check out the pedestrian walkway that circumnavigates the Alster Lakes. The perimeter of the larger of the two lakes is six kilometers, while the more congested Binnenalster is about 1.5 kilometres. Of course, any of the city’s other public parks will make for a great green spot for a stroll.

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