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Hamburg Foliage at Planten un Blomen

Seeking the best Autumn shots in the Planten un Blomen city park

Planten un Blomen is Hamburg’s favourite inner-city park. This 47-hectare urban green space is well-loved for its Botanical garden, water installations (including concerts and water-light displays), ice rink and its outdoor music stage. In autumn, however, the park’s tall, old trees and their colourful display take the centre stage. Here are the best spots to experience the foliage.

Under the television tower

Right beside the exhibition grounds and beneath the famous white television tower, at the north-west end of the park, you will find most beautiful views. A nice cafe, an ice cream parlour and water installations are also there to accompany you. But you’ll also find the tallest trees with the most spectacular display of colours, come autumn. Sit in one of the big white chairs beside the water and take it all in. At the northern end you will find white walls which will protect you from gusty winds and give you the perfect background for your pictures. It is almost like sitting against an outdoor séparé – just for you and your camera.

The Japanischer Garten
Black Granite Stairs

Right beside the Botanical garden, you will find black granite stairs with big white chairs on them. This is a very cool spot to catch the last sun beams of the day and enjoy the warmth of the black stone. This might be the perfect place for a little picnic. The views overlooking the lake (“Wallgraben”) with its towering trees on the side are incredible – especially when the leaves are yellow and red in October. You should also wander over one of the bridges that cross this lake and up your photo (or Instagram) game with a 360° view of the park.

House by the pond

On the southern end of the park, just south of the ice skating rink and the Park Cafe, you will find a grey wooden house by a small pond which looks a lot like an early construction from architect Mies van der Rohe (it is not). Rest up at this peaceful and tranquil spot – just sit on one of the wooden benches and enjoy the views of the trees and the leaves in the water. You can take in the last remaining rays of sun in the late afternoon, all beneath the towering trees and the falling leaves, complete, with the murmuring background noise of the constant wind in the branches. The meadows across the water are ideal for playing ball or throwing a Frisbee. Autumn is truly an exciting season in Planten un Blomen.

The showcase of trends When Alsterhaus opened in 1897, women fell in love with the fashionable hats and parasols from across the border in France, as well as the selection of food and products imported from the far East. Nothing has changed for more than a century, and Alsterhaus is still a reference point for what’s hot in town... and all over the world.
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