The ship

Our ship restaurant was built in 1930. Under the name "Alster III" it was put into operation and had been about 3 decades the flagship of the "white fleet" until it was retired in 1962.

Guests such as King Christian of Denmark, Kaiser Wilhelm or even Queen Elizabeth cruised with these vessels above the Alster lake.

Incorporated in 1989 by Teresio Bruni, it got its present name "Galatea" in 1990, which comes from Greek mythology. Then as now, the former Alster steamer manages to excite with its excellent cuisine.

The legend

of Galatea

The name "Galatea" (also Galateia) comes from the Greek mythology.

Galatea was one of the 50 daughters of the sea god Neurus, the people well-disposed sea nymphs, also called Nereids, and the Oceanid Doris. According to the legend the Nereids helped sailors in distress and were especially revered in port locations. Galatea was wooed in vain by the Cyclops Polyphemus. Polyphemus killed her beloved shepherd Acis in a duel by hurling a huge boulder against Acis which crushed him.

Galatea's desperate sorrows were heard by the gods. She transforms the dead into a bubbling spring, that will forever tell the quiet murmur sounding like whispers of love between Acis and Galatea.

Around 1720 Georg Friedrich Händel wrote the_ "Secular Oratory," in which the choir comments on the the legend of Acis and Galatea within the meaning of ancient drama. The text is based on the Italian cantata "Aci, Galatea e Poliferno" that was composed by Händel in Naples. The story goes back to the Metamorphoses of Theocritus and Ovid's. The two picked up the Greek legend of the emergence of the river Aci at the foot of Ätha.

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