We have this nice river Alster – besides the river Elbe – which is dammed in the city center and form two huge artificial lakes there. It adds a lot of beauty to our city- and once in a while in winter it freezes.
It freezes so much that you can walk on it – …kind of like..it could be safe enough to walk on it- we won’t kill you if you do so but we also might not save you if you do so. This happened last 2 years ago and is in itself rare.
But then…..VERY VERY RARELY it freezes so that the city of Hamburg officially says – ok…you can go on it on your risk (yes….there is a difference to former said ;) ) and we will safe you when you break in AND – you can even have a little party called “Alstervergnügen” on the “Lake”.
This happend last in 1997 – so 15 years ago.
So all Hamburgers (stop laughing – that is what we are called) LOOOOVEEE when this happens.
They say about 700000 people visited the ice this weekend -and we were two of them :)
You know what an outdoor party in the winter means in Germany right?
Sausage Booths (well- that is also a given thing in summer ;) and mulled wine. That is pretty much it – and yet it is so much fun.
I had no ice skates – at the last move 5 years I decided the Alster might never ever freeze again…oh well ;)
BTW – it took about 1 hour till we – totally bundled up were freezing in the ice cold wind on the alster- so we headed home and Kitty was like…PAH – “why on earth would you leave cozy warm house anyway???” ;)
And so the rest of the day we worked drinking hot tea and having the heater go bonkers :)
What is your favorite local winter thing to do ? Ice Skating, skiing?