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5 Christmas markets in Hamburg you shouldn’t miss in 2017

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It is getting colder in Europe and Christmas time is approaching. Though winter is not here yet the preparations for christmas markets in hamburg started. To help you finding the right place to enjoy typical german christmas sweeties and strong, warm alcohol to warm you up i selected 5 popular christmas markets out of over 30 in the area of Hamburg. So, get yourself a warm cup of Glühwein and read which one is worth a visit.

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1) Historic Christmas Market at Rathausmarkt

Christmas Market Rathausmarkt Hamburg © by Thragor

The X-Mas market directly in front of the town hall is the most popular and also the biggest one to visit when you are in Hamburg. As the name suggests it is designed like in former times with different alleys, each of them has an own topic – e.g. you can walk through the handcraft alley where you can buy traditional german wood carvings.
The special thing here is: every day at 4p.m., 6p.m. and 8p.m. the flying Santa Claus will fly over the christmas market in his sledge.

Rathausmarkt, city centre

How to get there?
Subway Station U3 “Rathausmarkt”

Opening Hours?
every day from 11a.m. to 9p.m., Fr. and Sa. until 10p.m. (until 23.12.)


2) Santa Pauli at the Reeperbahn

Tannebäume © by jphintze

With no doubt: this is Hamburgs “hottest” christmas market! Located directly next to the red light district and the partyarea, this market offers some interesting christmas presents to buy for your beloved ones: what about wooden dildos?

If you want some typical St.Pauli entertainment: no problem! You can go to one of the strip shows in a special tent there, but also to some frivolous readings.
Don't worry – here you'll also find the traditinal shops e.g. for grabbing a glühwein. Perfect before heading to the pubs and clubs on the weekend!

Spielbudenplatz, St.Pauli

How to get there?
Subway Station U3 “St.Pauli”

Opening Hours?
Mo-Th from 4p.m.-11p.m., Fr-Sa. 1p.m.-1a.m., Su 1p.m.-11p.m. (until 23.12.)


3) Christmas Market at Jungfernstieg

Feuerzangenbowle 2 © by masochismtango

Let me introduce you to the newest christmas market in Hamburg directly at the waterfront of the Alster. The Boulevard at the Jungfernstieg was completely renewed in 2006 and offers now much more space to place a big christmas market. Here you will find a big shop where you can buy a very traditional hot german drink: the “Feuerzangenbowle”. For this drink a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine – tasty and strong!
This market will be open until the first week of January – on New Years it will even be open until 2 a.m. plus there will be fireworks.

Jungfernstieg, city centre

How to get there?
Subway/SBahn Station “Jungfernstieg”

Opening Hours?
every day from 11a.m. to 9p.m. (until first week of January // not open: 24./25.12.)


4) Christmas Market at Gänsemarkt

Gluehwein © by Eric The Fish (2011)

After walking around on the christmas markets at Rathaus and Jungfernstieg the one at Gänsemarkt is just around the corner. Time for another Glühwein or do you say “Mulled wine”? However, the one you can find in Germany is usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar. As you can imagine germans like to pimp it, to have more alcohol in it – therefore you can order Glüwhein “mit Schuss” (=with a shot), you can decide if you want to have extra rum or liquor.

Gänsemarkt, city centre

How to get there?
Subway Station “Gänsemarkt”

Opening Hours?
every day from 11a.m. to 9p.m. (until 23.12.)


5) Christmas Market at Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz

Stollen © by grongar

Hungry? Time for some sweeties! What about some traditional german “Stollen”?

A Stollen is a loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit, and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season, when called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen. (from: Wikipedia)

Enjoy it together with another Glühwein next to the 20m high christmas tree, decorated with 14.000 candles.

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz, city centre

How to get there?
Subway Station U3 “Mönckebergstraße”

Opening Hours?
every day from 10a.m. to 11p.m. (until 30.12.// not open: 25.12.)


More Tips for Hamburg

Make sure to checkout my guide “38 Insider Tips & Things to do in Hamburg” which is one of the most comprehensive guides I ever wrote (because it is my hometown after all!).


Which are your favorite Christmas markets in Hamburg?

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Featured image taken from Flickr (c) by Thragor

  • Mein erster Winter den ich in HH wohne … da kann ich ja dann nun mal loslegen mit dem “durchtrinken” :) Ich berichte dann, wo es den besten Glühwein gibt :D Sofern ich dann noch berichten kann


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