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The Gorgeous Hamburg Christmas markets

hamburg christmas-market
Discover the charm of the winter holidays at the Hamburg Christmas Market, a magical experience held in enchanting locations! The highlight is definitely Hamburg's largest Christmas Market, held in the picturesque Rathausmarkt, right in front of the Old Town Hall. Here, the magical atmosphere and historical architecture merge, creating a story setting that will take you on a fascinating journey through traditions, culinary delights and wonderful surprises.

Tourist Information

TypeChristmas market
Getting thereAirport: 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:
Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity, Chicagokai.
Hamburg Cruise Center Altona (Dockland)

Hamburg Tourist Office
LocationHamburg, Germany, Europe


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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  • Rathausmarkt
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    On Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm
  • Spitalerstraße
    Handcrafts daily from 10 am – 9 pm
    Gastronomy daily from 10 am – 11 pm
  • Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz
    Handcrafts daily from 10 am – 9 pm
    Gastronomy daily from 10 am – 11 pm
  • St.-Petri-Kirche
    Handcrafts daily from 10:30 am – 9 pm
    Gastronomy daily from 10:30 am – 11 pm
  • Jungfernstieg
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    On Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm
  • Gänsemarkt
    Handcrafts daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    Gastronomy daily from 11 am – 11 pm
  • Fleetinsel
    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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