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The Gorgeous Hamburg Christmas markets

hamburg christmas-market
Hamburg Christmas Market is spread across many sites: the largest is on Rathausmarkt in front of historic City Hall.
Type Christmas market
Location  Hamburg, Germany, Europe
Getting there

Airport: Hamburg Airport

Lübeck Airport

Train: Hauptbahnhof (central station)

ICE (Inter City Express) high-speed train service to or from most major German cities

Car: Hamburg is well connected to the German Autobahn network

via the Autobahn:

  • A1 to/from Lübeck, Bremen or Cologne (Köln) 
  • A7 to/from Kiel, Flensburg, Hanover, Kassel 
  • A23 to/from Husum
  • A24 to/from Berlin

Bus: Hamburg is one of the German cities that had a dedicated intercity bus terminal

Boat: A lot of cruise ships visit Hamburg.

Cruise Center Home Page: https://www.hamburgcruise.net/

  • Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCityChicagokai.
  • Hamburg Cruise Center Altona (Dockland)

Hamburg Tourist Office

www.hamburg-tourism.de

Hamburg Christmas market locations

Hamburg Christmas Market is spread across many sites: the largest is on Rathausmarkt in front of historic City Hall.

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Image by DonnaSenzaFiato from Pixabay
  • Rathausmarkt: 25.11.19 – 23.12.19
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    On Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm
  • Spitalerstraße: 25.11.19 – 29.12.19
    Handcrafts daily from 10 am – 9 pm,
    Gastronomy daily from 10 am – 11 pm,
    Closed on 25.12.19

  • Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz: 25.11.19 – 29.12.19
    Handcrafts daily from 10 am – 9 pm,
    Gastronomy daily from 10 am – 11 pm,
    Closed on 25.12.19
  • St.-Petri-Kirche: 25.11.19 – 30.12.19
    Handcrafts daily from 10:30 am – 9 pm,
    Gastronomy daily from 10:30 am – 11 pm,
    Closed on 25.12.19 and 26.12.19
  • Jungfernstieg: 25.11.19 – 30.12.19
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    On Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm
    Closed on 24.12.19 and 25.12.19
  • Gänsemarkt: 25.11.19 – 23.12.19
    Handcrafts daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    Gastronomy daily from 11 am – 11 pm,
  • Fleetinsel: 25.11.19 – 23.12.19
    Open daily from 12 am – 9 pm

A very special Christmas market takes place each year on the first Advent weekend. From Friday till Sunday, Hamburg’s oldest Christmas market since 1919 opens its doors in the historic crypt and also in the community hall of the St. Michaelis church. Opening hours: Friday 3 pm – 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 7 pm.

Hamburg’s city center is the only one in Germany situated on the shores of a lake, the Alster. The Outer Alster, the larger part of the lake at 160 hectares, is a paradise for sailors and rowers.

Eat and drink:

  • Roasted chestnuts
  • Mulled Wine or Apple Punch “Glühwein” or “Apfelpunsch” (
  • Fire tongs punch (traditional drink with rum and fire) “Feuerzangenbowle”
  • Giant Potato Pancakes “Rösti-Taler”
  • grilled Champignons with garlic dip
  • Potato pancakes (“Kartoffelpuffer”) with apple sauce
  • Fried pork sausage “Currywurst” with bread
  • Leaf cabbage with German pre-cooked sausage – “Grühnkohl” with “Kochwurst” or “Kassler”
  • Donuts –  “Schmalzgebäck” or “Crêpes”
  • Gingerbreadhearts ”Lebkuchenherzen” or “gebrannte Mandeln”

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