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Hamburg lake draws 100,000 skating fans

The Local · 11 Feb 2012, 16:31

Published: 11 Feb 2012 16:31 GMT+01:00

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The festivities started Friday and run through Sunday. It's being billed as Germany's largest winter party and occurs when the river freezes over sufficiently to support a crowd.

The last outer Alster festival was 15 years ago. Weeks of below freezing temperature have made this year's party possible.

On Saturday afternoon there were impromptu ice hockey games taking place on the 164 hector river in the middle of the city. Others just skated. Some brought their children for a first time experience.

Hamburg residents weren't the only ones in on the fun. On the Masch lake in Hannover more than 100,000 people are expected over the weekend for another large ice party.

Skating fans should be sure to have their fun this weekend. Meteorologists are calling for some warmer temperatures next week that should push thermometers past the zero degree point.

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17:33 February 11, 2012 by Englishted
Hope they are enjoying it ,cause I'm freezing :-).
17:52 February 11, 2012 by mikel taylor
Wish I were there,,, Hamburg, Alster, Having a beer at See-Teufel on the Elbchaussee only a dream when your stuck in Texas
18:08 February 11, 2012 by Jeffvm
In Berlin, on the other hand, authorities have declared ALL ice unsafe and tell people to use the official ice rinks. So people are still on the ice everywhere, even places where it may be unsafe.

Berlin would be better off by declaring a few lakes safe and maintaining them (ie sweeping snow off the main tracks) so that Berliners can safely enjoy the ice.
20:14 February 11, 2012 by Simon_Kellett
Darmstadt have declared the Woog open and safe only for this weekend 10:00 til 17:00. Not sure if you have to pay to get in (like for summer bathing !).
22:41 February 11, 2012 by wxman
@mikel Taylor, you have that backwards. They are stuck in Hamburg; you are in heaven (also known as Texas). Go to New Braunfels and enjoy a good German beer and a German dinner!
03:38 February 12, 2012 by Runnerguy45
I really miss ice skating outdoors. That is such a beautiful picture of veryon out enjoying the wonderful winter weather.
09:19 February 12, 2012 by HHayrider
@ mikel taylor

I feel your pain. I was in Hamburg again in September, and it was absolutely gorgeous! And now I am stuck in California.

I would gladly trade someone in Hamburg, house for house, to be back there.
10:28 February 12, 2012 by twisted
Well, ain't I lucky as I was on the Alster on Thursday afternoon for a while, but it was cold. Still I;d rather be freezing in Hamburg than being in Texas (Bronx cheer). Is Rick Perry still governor or has been run out yet?
21:36 February 12, 2012 by HHayrider
AFAIK, he is still the guv, but he had a very miserable attempt to run for POTUS. He tripped himself up orally a few times during the debates, much like a former POTUS who was also a former LoneStar guv... The media picked him apart on it. It was rather ugly.

I guess now he has someone in the family who is pretty ill.
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