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Christmas markets on the waterfront

Maritime Winter in the Hanseatic City Christmas markets on the waterfront

Hamburg transforms into a sparkling, maritime Christmas metropolis during the Christmas season. What's special about Hamburg in the days leading up to Christmas is, above all, its proximity to the water. On a trip to the Christmas market, you can look out over the glittering water with a mug of mulled wine in your hand: For example, at the Alster lake, at the harbour with the festively decorated ships or at the many small town canals that run through the city and are called fleets in Hamburg. We have visited the five most beautiful Christmas markets that invite you to relax and enjoy. Special top tip: a Christmas market directly on a ship. You can only find that in Hamburg!

Maritime Winter in the Hanseatic City Christmas markets on the waterfront

Hamburg transforms into a sparkling, maritime Christmas metropolis during the Christmas season. What's special about Hamburg in the days leading up to Christmas is, above all, its proximity to the water. On a trip to the Christmas market, you can look out over the glittering water with a mug of mulled wine in your hand: For example, at the Alster lake, at the harbour with the festively decorated ships or at the many small town canals that run through the city and are called fleets in Hamburg. We have visited the five most beautiful Christmas markets that invite you to relax and enjoy. Special top tip: a Christmas market directly on a ship. You can only find that in Hamburg!

1.Contrasts in HafenCity: Between the harbor and Speicherstadt

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The christmas market in HafenCity, which can be found in the street Überseeboulevard, impresses with its proximity to the Elbe, the harbour and the historic UNESCO Speicherstadt. During the advent season, Überseeboulevard is transformed into a very special Christmas world with beautiful decorations and a Christmas lounge. Surrounded by many historic canals and the modern port of Hamburg, it stands especially for the typical Hamburg interplay of old and new and the proximity to the water.

Christmas market in the HafenCity

Address

Überseeboulevard
20457 Hamburg

Weihnachtsmarkt HafenCity

Überseeboulevard
20457 Hamburg

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2.Idyllic by the canal in the city centre: Fleetinsel

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© Christian Bruch

The Fleetinsel (fleet island) is an idyllic spot in the middle of Hamburg's city centre, surrounded by canals. The Fleetinsel enchants with its atmospheric Advent lighting, especially the reflection in the water is a spectacle worth seeing. It's mainly Hamburgers who come here to meet for a punch after work.

 

Christmas market on the Fleetinsel

Address

Heiligengeistbrücke
20459 Hamburg

Weihnachtsmarkt auf der Fleetinsel

Heiligengeistbrücke
20459 Hamburg

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3.View of the Christmas tree on the water: Jungfernstieg

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The Christmas market " White Magic on the Jungfernstieg" is a must during a Christmas visit to Hamburg! It is easy to reach as it is located directly in the city centre, which makes it easy to combine with a shopping trip. The stands are wrapped in a winter white and the special thing about it is that you have a perfect view of the decorated Alster pine tree in the middle of the lake.

 

 

Christmas market on Jungfernstieg

Address

Jungfernstieg
20095 Hamburg

Weihnachtsmarkt Jungfernstieg

Jungfernstieg
20095 Hamburg

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4.Scandinavian crafts at the castle: Bergedorf Christmas Market

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The Bergedorf Christmas market is a real insider's tip, and here it is above all cosy. Between Bergedorf harbour and Bergedorf castle you can discover a Scandinavian-inspired market. The small stands sell mainly handmade gifts and regional delicacies. With a mulled wine in hand, you can admire the view of the canal and Hamburg's only castle.

 

Bergedorf Christmas market

Address

Bergedorfer Schlossstraße 4
21029 Hamburg

City area
Hamburg East

Bergedorfer Weihnachtsmarkt

Bergedorfer Schlossstraße 4
21029 Hamburg

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5.Winter wonderland on the beach: Beach club StrandPauli

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The classic among the Hamburg beach clubs transforms from a palm paradise into an absolute winter wonderland. Here, until March, you can leisurely stroll through the illuminated winter forest with a bratwurst in hand and enjoy homemade mulled wine or delicious fondue. Right on the beach, by the Elbe! So, cozy up in blankets from Wednesday to Sunday and enjoy the winter beach with tasty hot drinks.

Beach Club - StrandPauli

Address

St. Pauli Hafenstraße 89
20359 Hamburg

Beach Club - StrandPauli

St. Pauli Hafenstraße 89
20359 Hamburg

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