Monday, May 18, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday: Alster

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that's the view across the Binnenalster, an artificial lake right in the middle of Hamburg. It was created as a reservoir for a mill originally in 1190 and now it's one of the most noticeable landmarks in Hamburg. The bridge in the photo if the Lombardsbrücke, build in 1865.

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The Alsterfontäne, installed in 1987 and affectionately called the biggest burst pipe in Hamburg (about 60 meters high). Behind it is the Hapag-Lloyd, originally a shipping company that established the first regular ship lines from Germany to the US. Many emigrants who left Germany to live in the US from around 1850 on travelled on Hapag ships. The Hapag-Lloyd funds the Alsterfontäne.

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13 comments:

ewok1993 said...

A little nice lake in the middle of the city? Lovely.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the story. These man-made creations are quite lovely.

Erin said...

lovely lake and a tranquil setting...perhaps enjoyed by passer bys and others?
enjoyed the history behind the shipping lines...fascinating stuff.

Babooshka said...

That is such a lovely natural feel for a man made lake.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shots! That old bridge looks wonderful and so does that building. Man-made is not a bad thing. A couple of the lakes I frequent are actually man-made reservoirs.

Ebie said...

I love the rainbow. Your photos and a bit of history is very interesting.

Arija said...

So nice to see the Binnenalster again and the lovely rainbow onrhe waterspout.

Vamsee said...

Thanks for taking us to Hamburg through your post. Nice images.

Karen said...

That's a lovely lake !

Love the way you've caught the rainbow in that second shot..

Indrani said...

Beautiful landmark!

Tammie Lee said...

Beautiful and fun that you caught a rainbow.

hip chick said...

I love the rainbow fountain. Great shot.

Shey said...

Wonderful photos and very relaxing setting. I especially like the rainbow water created from the burst pipe. :)