Travel Germany. Must Visit and Merry - Christmas Markets Hamburg 2017

Moin Moin Hamburg (that is the common way to great each other in town). Lonely Planet voted Hamburg as one of the top cities to visit in 2018. Hamburg, up north, indeed is a fine town to visit. Make yourself an early Christmas gift, arrive ahead of the crowds and visit in 2017. The Christmas season, boozy and joyful, sometimes silent and traditional is upon us. It is the time of year again, and the beloved Christmas markets are opening their stalls. It is all about meeting friends, drinking mulled wine and getting to know local artists and buying handmade products as Christmas presents.

If you are only going to visit five Christmas Markets in Hamburg, why not make it the following ones?
You will find everything from handcrafted wooden products to German Christmas delicacies, and the ever so popular mulled wine. It is December, and if you spent a few hours outside, you regularly need hot drinks to stay warm.

It can get very busy, there are going to be thousands, if not millions, of Christmas market lovers all around you, why not read Oh all these Magical Christmas Markets - The Do's and Don’ts for a perfect Christmas Market visit before you go.

Christmas Market Jungfernstieg

From this Christmas market, you have an amazing view over 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 historic wheel from 1926. This market looks different; you buy locally handcrafted goods, gloves, hats and scarves, toys, jewellery, porcelain and Christmas decoration from white pagoda tents instead of the usual wooden stalls. Due to its location, there is this wintry breeze, so you better wrap up warm while you snack on cinnamon rolls, eggnog, mulled wine, roasted almonds and waffles.

This is a great spot to watch the Christmas Parades, a gaudy gathering of gnomes and angels, elves and reindeer who are all following a festively decorated Christmas carriage. Dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December 2017, 2 pm and 5 pm, starting from Moenckebergstrasse. Opening hours 27th November to 30th December 2017, daily 11am to 9pm. Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm. Closed 24th and 25th December 2017. Tickets: Free.

Christmas Market Fleetinsel

A very picturesque little Christmas market between Stadthausbrücke and Rödingsmarkt, on an island between the Alster and the Elbe. From here it is only a few more steps to the harbour the gateway to the world. The two with Christmas lights decorated classic sailing ships emphasize the wonderful maritime atmosphere. Hours: To 23rd December 2017, daily from noon to 9pm. Tickets: Free.

Historic Christmas Market at the Town Hall

This is the market right in the centre of town and in front of the magnificent town hall. Stroll through a pretty maze of little lanes and stop at one of the 80 different stalls to buy handmade toys, delicacies, soap, flowers, and Christmas decoration. Don’t forget to look up. Santa on his sleigh will fly in front of the town hall several times a day, to tell visitors the story of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer with a shiny nose. The motto of the Christmas market is 'Art instead of commerce.' When in theory I agree with that motto, I’m pretty sure stall holders appreciate you’d buy their wares and not only look at them. Hours: 27th November to 23rd December 2017, Monday to Thursday and Sunday 11am to 9pm. Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm. Flying Santa daily 4pm, 6pm, 8pm. Tickets: Free.

Christmas Market Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz

A Christmas market only a skip and a jump off the main pedestrianised shopping zone with a sort of nostalgic village atmosphere. Craftsmen show their skills from the half-timbered stalls; the artists hammer, carve, chisel, sand and paint tirelessly to entertain the merry crowds. Santa welcomes the children next to the life-size nativity scene. The vintage children’s carousel and the large Christmas tree, which is decorated with a few thousand candles, are worth the visit alone. Hours: 27th November to 30th December 2017, closed 25th December 2017. Hours: 10am to 9pm. Tickets: Free.

Christmas Market Spitalerstrasse

The Christmas market in the Spitalerstraße, full of classic Hanseatic Wilhelminian architecture, offers crafts, gifts, delicacies like roasted almonds, tarte flambée and mulled wine. Stalls are designed in classic Hanseatic red brick in honour of the famous warehouse district of Hamburg. Local artists and designers sell their innovative products and their wares together with the ones from all the surrounding shops, this Christmas market is the place to be for all who are seriously into Christmas shopping. The Spitalerstraße conveniently leads directly to the central station, so you won’t have to carry your hunted goods too far. Hours: 21st November to 23rd December 2017, 11am to 9pm. Tickets: Free.

How to get to Hamburg?

Take the train, buy tickets here.

Fly into town; visit the website of the airport.

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