Jungfernstieg is the most important boulevard in Hamburg stretching for more than half a kilometre from the Inner Alster Lake to the Gänsemarkt. he newly renovated lakeside terrace forms a waterside public space with views of the lake and the fountain. The terrace is used for organising events throughout the year.
Although not one of Hamburg's typical shopping streets, Jungfernstieg offers direct access to Hamburg's largest shopping centres and is home to a number of banks, art galleries and glitzy stores.
It was originally called Reesendam and was repaired and extended several times in the 17th and 18th centuries. With the development of Hamburg's international maritime trade and the city's status as a sovereign city-state, the elegant promenade became popular for lakeside strolls. Hanseaten accompanied their unmarried daughters on a tour to find a suitable groom, which led to the current name of the place: Jungfern (meaning virgin), Stieg (meaning staircase, walking).
The first Alster Pavilion with a café and restaurant opened in 1799 and according to legend it has been replaced six times so far. In 1838, the Jungfernstieg became Germany's first paved street. The great fire of 1842 destroyed the entire pavilion.