Winter on the Außenalster in Hamburg, February 2012. After just a a few days of severe frost, the Alster froze over. This occured last time in 2010 after over 10 years pause.
At the Außenalster (Outer Alster) in Hamburg. The Alster river has been dammed in the centre of Hamburg, where it forms two artificial lakes in the city - the smaller Binnenalster (inner Alster) and the bigger Außenalster (outer Alster). The Außenalster along with the surrounding parks (which had been a closed private area until 1952) are a favourite recreational area in the heart of the city, for the residents as well as for professionals.
Hamburg: Second largest city of Germany, situated in the north at the river Elbe, because of the seaport well known as a city of merchants. Because of the nearby sea, you will always have some fresh breeze while you are walking through the streets with nice private town-houses or while you are floating along aboard an “Alsterdampfer” on the river Alster.