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Activities & Events for autumn

The 10 most beautiful activities & events for autumn in and around Hamburg

If you're not yet ready to settle back into your cozy four walls for winter hibernation, you're sure to find one or two nice autumn events in this list. From harvest thanksgiving markets to music festivals, everything is covered.

No. 1 Stroll and deal at the Antique Design Market

A beautiful side table from Paris or valuable pieces of furniture from England? You can find them in Hamburg, if anywhere, then at the Antique Design Market at the Colonnaden. Across from the Alster, from May to November, you can find everything that your antique heart desires.

But that also means that it will soon be over for this year! Hunters and collectors should therefore go to Hamburg's longest summer terrace on September 18, 2022 (date subject to change) between 10 am and 4 pm. Even in case of bad weather worth a visit!


[Translate to Englisch:] Antiquitäten auf Tisch
© Charisse Kenion

No. 2 Eat popcorn at the 30th Filmfest Hamburg

Autumn is cinema time! This fact is expected to be celebrated extensively in Hamburg for ten days in September: with around 70 national or international films as world premieres, European premieres or German premieres. The festival will feature both narrative and documentary films to suit all tastes - from sophisticated art house films to mainstream productions.

If you are lucky, you might even discover one or another actor or actress to ask questions.


[Translate to Englisch:] Dunkler Kinosaal auf dem Hamburger Filmfest
© Erik Witsoe

No. 3 Hear deer roar in the Duvenstedter Brook

If you've never been to Hamburg's second largest nature reserve (780 hectares!), autumn is the perfect opportunity. Because at this time of year there is much more to see here than just turning leaves: real, roaring deer!

Another reason to visit this beautiful moorland and take a deep breath before winter comes.


[Translate to Englisch:] Hirsche im herbstlichen Wald
© Robert Wiedemann

No. 4 Harvesting apples at the fruit farm Bey

The Alte Land is known as an apple paradise. Why not take a weekend trip with the whole family to the fruit farm Bey? Together you can enjoy the beautiful farm store, have a picnic under the apple trees, or take an exciting guided tour and learn more about life and work on the farm.

The great thing about a visit in autumn: You can harvest the delicious fruit directly from the tree!


[Translate to Englisch:] Reife Äpfel am Baum mit Leiter und Obstkörben davor
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No. 5 Explore the autumn night sky at the Planetarium

Stargazing is only possible when the sky is clear? Think again. A magnificent, cloudless night sky awaits you in the planetarium - without any of the distracting lights of our beautiful city. Just sit back and let planetarium director Prof. Kraupe take you on a walk through the autumn night sky!

For those of you who like to look for constellations in the real sky, there is also a little guide on how to find them again.


[Translate to Englisch:] Sterne am nächtlichen Himmel
© Mario Losereit

No. 6 Collect wild herbs on a botanical walk

Collecting wild herbs has been getting more attention again in recent years - you could almost say it's a trend. For all of those who do not know exactly what they should collect and what is better left by the wayside, the botanical walk through the Wilhelmsburger Inselpark could be the right thing. Currently, many plants and especially trees are presenting their fruits.


[Translate to Englisch:] Wildblumen und Kräuter in der Wiese
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No. 7 Thank for the harvest at the Bergedorf country market

In mid-October, the pedestrian zone Alte Holstenstraße between the church and watergate in Bergdorf is transformed into a colorful harvest thank-you mile. Self-producers from all over the region offer products from their own production and put hobby cooks and gourmets in the mood for autumn. But not only for the physical well-being is well taken care of. Also rural arts and crafts, plants and handmade jewelry are for sale. In addition, there is also a lot on offer in the stores around the pedestrian zone.

So if you are in the mood for a beautiful country market in the middle of a small-town half-timbered setting, you should make a note of this weekend in your autumn calendar.

[Translate to Englisch:] Herbstliches Gemüse und Blumen auf dem Markt
© Alexander Schimmeck

No. 8 Experience music live again at the Reeperbahnfestival

Around 350 concerts - what a relief for our pandemic-stricken ears! In September, Europe's biggest club festival will take place again in Hamburg from the 21st to the 24th: the Reeperbahn Festival. Stars like Casper, Ed Sheeran or Cro have already played here shortly before their big breakthrough. The up-and-coming artists who will be performing here in September have a good chance of filling even bigger halls soon.

This event is an absolute MUST GO for everyone who has missed nothing more than being swept away by live music while singing, dancing and clapping in a concert hall.


[Translate to Englisch:] Band auf der Bühne bei Reeperbahn Festival
© Nina Zimmermann

No. 9 Finding your next favorite book at the Harbour Front Literature Festival

World literature in front of a scenery of harbor cranes, containers and shipyards - that's what the Harbour Front Literature Festival is all about. Since 2009, this successful concept has attracted more than 20,000 visitors every year, and this year, too, many German and international authors are expected at the festival of books.

A new feature is that from September 9 to October 24, even more locations will be located directly on the water. This should underline the proximity to the port of Hamburg. There will also be a series dedicated to the topic of sustainability. Readers - this way!


[Translate to Englisch:] Bühne bei Harbour Front Literaturfestival in Hamburg
© Jonas Woek

No. 10 Eating cotton candy at a historical fair

At the beginning of October, the open-air museum at the Kiekeberg is transformed into a historic fairground, as visitors experienced it between 1900 and 1960. You can expect wonderful nostalgic rides, the finest delicacies and game booths, just as they were back then. Among other things, you can marvel at the 13.5-meter-high Ferris wheel called the "Russian Swing," which gave visitors a great view as early as 1902.


[Translate to Englisch:] Riesenrad auf dem Historischen Jahrmarkt


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