5 fantastic Christmas Markets in Hamburg

In many German homes Christmas still remains more of a quiet and traditional time. But then there are also the beloved Christmas Markets. If you are only going to visit 5 Christmas Markets in Hamburg, why not make it these 5? You will find everything from handcrafted wooden products to delicious German Christmas delicacies, up to the ever so popular mulled wine. It is December, and if you spent a few hours outside, you most certainly need hot drinks to stay warm and enjoy the fun.

1. Christmas Market Jungfernstieg

While you are at this Christmas market you have an amazing view of Hamburg. On the Alster there is a giant Christmas Tree on a pontoon, and at the quay there are lots of colourful small vessels plus a big wheel. Due to its location there is this winterly breeze, so you better wrap up warm. Ask at one of the stalls for the times of the Christmas Parade on weekends.

Opening hours 24th November to 6th January 2014, daily 11 am to 9 pm. Fr. and Sat. 11 am to 10 pm. New Years Eve to 2 am (fantastic place to watch the fireworks). Closed 24th and 25th December 2014.

2. Historic Christmas Market at the Town Hall

This is a huge market right in center of town and in front of the town hall. Try to imagine it to be a pretty maze of little lanes, and yes, these lanes are packed with people who love this Christmas Market as much as we do. You can buy handmade toys, delicacies, soap, flowers, and Christmas decoration.

Opening hours: Till 23rd December 2014, daily 11 am to 9 pm. Fr. and Sat. 11 am to 10 pm.

3. Christmas Market Fleetinsel

A very picturesque little Christmas Market on an island between the Alster and the Elbe. From here it is only a few more steps to the harbour.

Opening hours: Till 23rd December 2014, daily from noon to 10 pm. Fr. and Sat. 11 am to 10 pm.

4. Christmas Market Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz

Albeit this Christmas Market is right smack bang in the city, it almost has got the atmosphere of a tiny village. There are these many wooden stalls, but the real highlight is an old merry-go-round.

Opening hours: Till 30th December 2014, closed 25th December 2014.

5. Christmas Market Spitalerstrasse

This is a romantic looking Christmas Market in midst of a huge shopping strip of Hamburg, have a browse, it conveniently leads directly to the central station.

Opening hours: Till 30th December 2014, Closed 24th and 25th December 2014.

This is the season to be merry and it is official that I am a big admirer of Christmas Markets. So far I visited 5 Christmas Markets in Hamburg, 5 Christmas Markets in Vienna, 5 Christmas Markets in Dresden and 7 Christmas Markets in Berlin. Which markets did you visit or which ones would you love to visit? Do you have any questions? Looking forward to hear from you.

From Berlin with love

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