The Little Lake Alster, not to be confused with the giant Alster's in the region, is next to City Hall and is a perfect place to spend the day if there´s good weather. Birds, ducks and swans come to enjoy the area in large flocks, and the walk around the edge of the lake is an inexpensive delight. There are also bars, restaurants, and terraces that offer food and drinks at very high prices. It is, however, the best atmosphere in town. The lake is a sort of mixing point for people from all over Germany so there is food available from all the regions. Like a smaller version of Venice, Hamburg is a treat for all of us frustrated sailors.