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Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
August 4-15, 2008




All of our excursions cost € 20 per person. Please register for the excursions before 1 July 2008 (as we have to reserve an appropriate number of boats and buses). You can register and pay for the excursions via the registration page (tick the box that you have already registered and proceed to payment by paypal or credit card immediately afterwards).

Excursion #1. Canoeing on the Alster.

Hamburg is a city of water. According to some sources, it has the largest number of bridges in Europe (about 2500; at least more than Amsterdam with 1612 official bridges). The river Alster and the canals form a water sports paradise in the north of Hamburg.

For this excursion, we'll meet after lunch on Sunday at the Osterbekkanal near the station Saarlandstraße (very close to the Paul-Sudeck-Haus) and explore the canals of Hamburg by boat. We'll follow the Osterbekkanal to the Alster and the Rondeelteich and then paddle down the Alster to the city centre. On the way back, we check out the Kuhmühlenteich on the river Wandse (one of the tributaries of the Alster).

Some pictures of the Alster

Excursion #2. Hansestadt Lübeck.

The Hanseatic city of Lübeck (about 66km from Hamburg) was one of the most important cities of the Hanseatic League and retains much of its late medieval architecture. "Marzipan, the writer Thomas Mann, culture, the Holstentor, Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site" are what most people associate with Lübeck Our excursion to Lübeck includes bus transfer and a guided walking tour. Moreover, there will be free time to have lunch (not included in the price) and explore this wonderful city individually. The excursion will leave in the morning (probably around 10 am) from a location close to the ESSLLI site.
More information about Lübeck

Excursion #3. The Harbour of Hamburg.

The harbour is most important to Hamburg and the largest port in Germany; the city evolved around it and still lives on it. Currently, Hamburg's old landmark is being transformed into Hamburg's new landmark: the Hafen City, including the Elbphilharmonie, a great concert hall right in the harbour. We'll expore the harbour by land and by water. The tour includes a boat trip, free time to have lunch (not included in the price) and a guided walking tour. The excursion will start in the late morning.
Some pictures of the Harbour of Hamburg

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