Let's reach out for the stars in Hamburg
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Christmas in Hamburg

Countless stars shine in and above the city during the Christmas season - experience Hamburg during the coziest time of the year.

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Pretzels, punch and bright lights Christmas markets

The Advent season in Hamburg wouldn’t be the same without the city’s charming Christmas markets. While they have been redesigned for this year’s season, the magic will still be there.

Christmas markets
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Discover shining moments during Christmas time Christmas tips and events

Our best tips for the Advent season - from restaurants to excursions!

Christmas tips and events
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Shopping what the bags carry Christmas Shopping

Let the twinkling fairy lights and the aroma of freshly roasted almonds lead you to the best places for Christmas Shopping in Hamburg. Here you will find great shopping opportunities, cozy cafes and traditional Christmas markets.

Christmas Shopping
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Bright and beautiful pre-Christmas season Cultural highlights in Hamburg before Christmas

It's Christmas time in the most beautiful city in Northern Germany: the Christmas markets invite you to enjoy mulled wine and biscuits, Father Christmas flies over the town hall square and, as every year, the "Alstertanne" (fir tree on the lake)…

Cultural highlights in Hamburg before Christmas
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Maritime Christmas Christmas along the Elbe River

In Hamburg you can also get into a festive mood away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre with its Christmas markets. A stroll along the Elbe river will give you the magic of winter.

Christmas along the Elbe River

Christmas time in Hamburg

The lights twinkle and glitter in every part of the city, a delicate Christmas scent is in the air and the Christmas spirit can be felt around every corner. But we'll tell you even more little details about one of the most beautiful seasons in Hamburg. Did you know, for example, that the beautiful custom that is at home all over the world was invented in Hamburg? The christmas wreath!

Winter an der Elbe
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Advent in Hamburg That's why you should visit Hamburg for Christmas


There is always something going on in Hamburg and there are thousands of good reasons to visit the Hanseatic city. But in December, there are five…

That's why you should visit Hamburg for Christmas
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The Advent wreath Four candles conquer the world

It is a beautiful custom that is at home all over the world: Advent wreath is decorated during the Christmas season. What few know: It was invented in…

Four candles conquer the world
Weihnachtsmarkt Rathausmarkt Hamburg
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Holy Hamburg Christmas stories from Hamburg


We wanted to get to know the people who bring Christmas to us. Accompany us to those places that give the city of Hamburg its Christmas robe!

Christmas stories from Hamburg
Weihnachten in Hamburg
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Give away that certain something Festive and sustainable shopping


Discover real shopping gems in the northern German metropolis with our Christmas shopping guide.

Festive and sustainable shopping
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Crazy Christmas Christmas is so crazy in Hamburg


Crazy, a bit kitschy and above all cool and different, please! The Santa Pauli on the Reeperbahn and the Winter Pride in St. Georg are just such…

Christmas is so crazy in Hamburg
Rehmedaillons Rezept
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Culinary highlights Restaurant recommendations for the Advent season


Especially during the Advent season, there are numerous culinary temptations to discover in Hamburg, apart from mulled wine and bratwurst. We show you…

Restaurant recommendations for the Advent season

The most beautiful time of the year Hamburg at Christmas time enchants every year

The most beautiful Christmas markets

Hamburg has some of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. Whether historic, traditional or extraordinary - enjoy the very special atmosphere during Advent in the wintry Hanseatic city.

No longer an insider tip, but a must-see, is the historic Christmas market in front of Hamburg City Hall. Here, the flying Father Christmas, who makes children's eyes shine in anticipation, is a particular attraction. A very special Christmas world awaits visitors in the HafenCity. With the Wintergolf event, there is a new type of ice course - a winter experience ideal for families with children.

The Winter Pride in Hamburg's St. Georg district is queer and colourful. The largest Christmas market for the LGBTQIA+ community in northern Germany will delight everyone who likes party and entertainment. The special setting in front of the Binnenalster lake and the buildings of the city centre make a visit to the "White Magic" Christmas market on Jungfernstieg an unforgettable event. Here, visitors from all over the world can be enthralled by the light displays, the proximity to the water as well as the view of the radiant Alster christmas tree. Hamburg's most beautiful Christmas markets are always worth a visit.

A wide range of shopping opportunities that will delight you

It's easy to sweeten your anticipation with a shopping spree in one of Europe's most popular shopping metropolises. Hamburg convinces with a variety of shopping opportunities as well as the atmospheric ambience in the city decorated for Christmas. No matter what it is - along our streets, squares and shopping arcades - here really everyone will find the right gift ideas and Christmas presents for family, friends or for themselves. One highlight is the Hamburg Christmas Parade, which creates a Christmas atmosphere on the four Saturdays in Advent. The colourful, cheerful parade through Hamburg's city centre is an experience for the whole family.

Maritime Christmas - Between the Elbe and the Alster

In Hamburg you can also get into the festive spirit away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre with its Christmas markets. During a walk along the Elbe, winter unfolds its very own Christmas atmosphere. Enjoy the sight of the glittering façade of the Elbphilharmonie from the Landungsbrücken and marvel at the illuminated Christmas tree on the bow of the historic ship Rickmer Rickmers. But also every ferry and even the tugboats sail across the Elbe with their christmas trees and lights.

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Hamburg Winter
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Too beautiful to stay at home Hamburg in Winter

Despite sinking temperatures, Hamburg's winters are highly inviting: Whether you prefer ice-skating, walking through the snow or visiting one of the numerous Christmas markets, no one must stay inside. And you definitely won't stay cold with a hot mulled wine warming your hands!

Hamburg in Winter
Rathaus Hamburg
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Weekend in Hamburg Discover Hamburgs sights

A weekend in Hamburg is an ideal opportunity to explore the most important sights of the beautiful Hanseatic City.

Discover Hamburgs sights
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Moments of relaxation Cosy cafés

Discover comfortable, relaxed cafés in Hamburg where you can definitely find something to enjoy!

Cosy cafés

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