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This is how micro-adventuring works:
after your business appointment in
Hamburg, postpone your return flight
by 24 hours and swap your laptop
for a kayak.
Text & Photos
Michael Neumann
HAMBURG,
OUR PADDLE
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Hamburg’s Globetrotter store is the
starting point to one of Germany’s
most beautiful paddle tours.
What would you like? The canoe’s
paternoster at Wiesendamm.
Good morning Spiegel,
hello ZDF!
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While the ICE thunders above
us, we get an exclusive view of
the Inner Alster.
The Alster is for hobby
captains whereas the
Elbe is only for
professionals.
You can hardly get lost with the
water sports map of the Alster,
published by Globetrotter.
TAKE
THE LONG
WAY
Auf langen Wegen die Welt entdecken. Den Weg zum Ziel machen. Und
echte Erfahrungen sammeln. Das wollen wir. Bei FRILUFTS orientieren wir uns dabei
an den „Principles of Slow Travel“ (© by Daniel Roy). Wir reisen langsam und mit
leichtem Gepäck. Wir sehen genau hin. Atmen durch. Lassen uns treiben. Uns geht es
um die großen und die kleinen Abenteuer in der Welt. Und weil es dazu nicht viel mehr
braucht als Neugier und Abenteuerlust, machen wir hochwertige, gut aussehende und
funktionale Produkte zu einem fairen Preis. Mach dich mit uns auf den Weg. Den echten Weg. Den langen Weg. TAKE THE LONG WAY – mit FRILUFTS.
PRINcIPLE Nº 1: SLOW DOWN. Erfahrungen sammelt man im Moment, nicht
im Fotoalbum. Mach dich auf in Welt. Aber lass dir Zeit dabei. Sieh dich um. Tauche
ein. Sei offen für jedes Abenteuer. Und für die Natur. Bleib stehen. Lass dich fallen. Auf
Wiesen. Oder am Meer. Ströme durch Märkte. Feier jedes Detail. Kein Weg ist zu lang,
kein Moment zu kurz. Mach dich auf den Weg. Und wenn du angekommen bist – geh
weiter. Finde deinen Weg auf www.frilufts.com
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Check-in at the
take-out: the
25hours at the
Alten Hafenamt*.
It is the harbour’s birthday celebration
today, the biggest hustle and bustle
harbour event in the world. But at 5 am,
we are the only ones on the water.
When all these launches
pull the anchor, it is time
to do a runner.
Unbelievably
controversial,
unbelievably
expensive, but
also unbelievably
pretty: the Elbe
Philharmonic.
*The hotel had to close in June due to a fire, more information on www.25hours-hotels.com.
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Das umfangreichste
Werk zum Thema
Wheeling the
packed kayaks
from the hotel to
the water.
Hundeschlitten
Reisen
s the editorial office responsible for this magazine, we
often journey from our home town of Augsburg
to pay a visit to Globetrotter’s headquarters in
Hamburg. We go there to think up new ideas,
discuss various topics and enlarge stories in the
making. And in the end, we go back home.
Not this time at the beginning of May. Ascension Day allowed us some free time and we
postponed our trip back by 24 hours and asked
the store at Wiesendamm if we could rent two
kayaks. We could. We quickly pack our belongings into the waterproof storage spaces in the
boats and wheel our laden boat carriers 50
metres to the bank of the Osterbek Canal. In
the afternoon, we paddle towards the city centre. In no time we reach the Outer Alster, a
look-and-find river, which resembles a lake.
Sailing boats are criss crossing back and forth,
rowing boats speed past and tourist boats hoot
us out of their way. From the Outer Alster, we
make our way into the Inner Alster with the
water fountain and the town hall in the back
ground – probably one of the most photographed city scenes of Germany. And we are
right in the centre of things.
To reach the Elbe River from the Alster, we
need to pass through two locks. They are designed to regulate the water level on the Alster
and protect the inner city from flooding.
When we leave the locks behind us, we enter
a new world. The Elbe rules here with its tidal
range of an average of 3.66 metres. It is abso-
lutely vital to adhere to the traffic rules. It is
possible that you have a 300 metre long container ship behind you instead of a little tourist boat. In short: If you go paddling on the
Elbe, in the harbour area and through the
warehouse district, you should know what you
are doing.
ALL ABOARD!
To keep out of the thick of things, it is recommendable to stick to the well-known countercyclical strategy. So when we slosh out of the
lock and into the warehouse district at 7pm,
most of the traffic has already disappeared, a
day’s work is done. We paddle through the
brick gorges almost on our own. Just the hustle and bustle at the waterfront is a bit irritat-
ing. What kind of huts are they putting up
there? A passerby can tell us more. It's the
traditional harbour anniversary event tomorrow, no less than the biggest harbour festival
in the world. Whoa!
That explains how difficult it was to find a hotel room. We did not choose it according to its
stars rating or the length of the breakfast buffet table, all that counted was the distance to
the water. It turned out to be the new 25hours
at the Alten Hafenamt which suited us just
fine. We were able to store the kayaks in the
backyard before we treated ourselves to the
eastern Mediterranean cuisine of the adjoining
Neni restaurant. Luckily, nobody noticed that
our neoprene shoes left wet marks everywhere. Before we closed heavy brocade curtains and disappeared under our duvets, we
checked the sunrise app. It displayed an unearthly time of 5:39 am. And as we are planning on being on the water at that time, we
agreed to meet at the boats at 5 am.
There is nobody else on the water. We quickly
paddle along the Elbe philharmonic hall, navigate our way past the jetties and on to the
futuristic Hamburg Cruise Center. And then
quickly back towards the Alster before the
birthday party starts with the opening parade.
The people in good spirits who floated past us
in vessels of all shapes and sizes on Father’s
Day were on a par with the harbour’s birthday
celebrations. Hamburg is, and will always be,
a paddler's gem.
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employees. The map is waterproof and
can therefore always stay on board. It also
shows the warehouse district and the
harbour city. However, only experienced
sea dogs should plunge their paddles
into these waters, as it it quite narrow
and busy with the shipping traffic.
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h u s k y t ra ck .de
Reise Nr. 46-33978-01
Reise Nr. 358-12808-01
8 Tage von Hütte zu Hütte
If you are about to go paddling on the
Alster, you will find important
information including kayak rental
agencies on the water sports map of the
Alster (order number 18.61.86, € 6.95).
Globetrotter unfortunately only rents
boats out to prospective buyers and
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