Hamburg’s Christmas Markets

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Watch for Santa taking flight in his sleigh!!

Leaving Berlin in our rearview mirror, we’re heading north to Hamburg, our third destination on our 2018 German Christmas market road trip.

The Hamburg Rathaus with with the market in front, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

The Hamburg Rathaus with with the market in front

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Perhaps not the most exciting journey en-route, but, hey we’re heading to Hamburg, and all is looking promising, chocolate delights, bratwurst & glühwein, perfect.

Just a few of Hamburg’s Christmas markets

The hotel we’d chosen was in a great location, just around a five-minute walk and we’re straight into our first Christmas Market at St Peter’s Church, this was going to be fun.

 What better way to start than with a bit of sustenance to keep you going.

Four sausages, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Four sausages  - a little Hamburg snack

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The first glühwein

The Christmas market encircling St Peter’s church was charming, slightly on the smaller side; however, it still ticked all the boxes for entertainment, gifts and cuisine.

Stall of chocolate kisses, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Stall of chocolate kisses

Ho Ho Ho – Santa’s at the Rathaus

Just around the corner from St Peter’s church is Hamburg’s incredible Rathaus. This is a stunning building, and even with all the festivities unravelling at its feet, you can’t be distracted from this lovely backdrop.

An entrance to the Rathuas market, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

An entrance to the Rathuas market

An entrance to Rathaus Market, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

The entrance at night

Gary and I instantly loved this market, it was bustling full of people, young and old, all enjoying themselves. We felt like we had found another city potentially on par with Cologne, in regards to its festive fun (although time will tell).

The Christmas market stalls, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

The Christmas market stalls

So there we were enjoying a lovely hot glühwein when there was a little commotion outside the cabin, and everyone was looking up. Suddenly, Santa had taken to the skies.

Santa and his reindeer, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Santa and his reindeer

I must admit initially I thought Santa was a mannequin or a model figure and then he stood up and addressed the crowds below with a Christmas story. 

Santa really does fly, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Santa really does fly!

Unfortunately, due to my lack of German, I couldn’t quite understand what he was saying.

Good to know

Father Christmas flies across the sky every evening at 4pm, 6pm & 8pm.

Weißerzauber

Then there’s the white market ‘Weißerzauber’, which runs alongside Binnenalster (lake). Floating in the centre of the lake is a very sparkly Christmas tree.

The White Market, , Hamburg German Christmas Markets

The White Market,

All around this area are beautifully decorated shops and streets, no expense has been spared. The Weißerzauber market had a modern nautical feel about it and had some really attractive unusual gifts. 

Attractive white huts, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Attractive white huts

Gänsemarkt

The Christmas market in Gänsemarkt was really quite cute, we had never seen a market with the gingerbread house theme before.

Entrance at Gänsemarkt, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Entrance at Gänsemarkt

We visited this market mid-afternoon, so the revelries hadn’t quite kicked off for the day. Although during the daytime it’s a good opportunity to have a closer look at the markets. It’s also a lot easier to grab a glühwein.

Gingerbread House huts, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Gingerbread House huts at the Gänsemark 

Our Tip

There are more Christmas markets dotted around the city, if time is not on your side, you may have to pick and choose which ones to visit. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get to see them all.

Winterwald

Winterwald market is in Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz, we strolled into this market early evening, and it was already fairly busy. What I enjoy about the markets is that they’re appreciated by locals as well as visitors, everyone enjoying a few drinks together.

Sweet treats on the market, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Sweet treats on the market

What was also great here was that there was live music being played in a section of the market, it was free for everyone to enjoy, but you’d be lucky if you got very close.

Local enjoying a couple of tipples, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Local enjoying a couple of tipples

So many goodies to be had again, it’s too hard to resist at times.

Gingerbread hearts, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Gingerbread hearts

The Waterwheel in the Winterwald, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

The Waterwheel in the Winterwald

Spitalerstraße

Spitalerstraße was a bit more of a foodie Christmas market and once again really pleasant.

, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Cabins on Spitalerstraße

It ran along a pedestrian street that leads up to the station.

So handy for grabbing those last minute gifts before you jump on the train.

Sharing a glühwein on Spitalerstraße Market, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Sharing a glühwein on Spitalerstraße Market

Be prepared

Comfy shoes and warm layers are a must. 

A few hours to discover Hamburg

This was our first visit to Hamburg, so we were keen to see a bit more of the city other than the Christmas markets. And what better place to start than at Chilehaus, designed by German architect Fritz Höger.

The outside of Chilehaus, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

The outside of Chilehaus buildings

The 1920’s architecture of this building is incredible, it has such beautiful lines. You must walk through the centre to really appreciate the detail.

Chilehaus inner courtyard, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Chilehaus inner courtyard

Did you know?

Hamburg’s Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Speicherstadt 

We strolled over to Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s iconic warehouse district. This is once again a fantastic area for some amazing architecture. 

A view along Speicherstadt, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

A view along Speicherstadt

Rows and rows of red brick warehouses interlaced with meandering canals, some of the facades are wonderful. It’s a charming area just to wander around and take it all in.

Iconic warehouses in Hamburg, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Iconic warehouses in Hamburg


Speicherstadt warehouses, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Speicherstadt warehouses

We wandered further along to the end of the vast warehouses and was greeted by the incredible Elbe Philharmonic.

This eye-catching concert hall which was designed by the architectural company Herzog & de Meuron and was opened in 2017.

Elbe Philharmonic, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Elbe Philharmonic

Hamburg’s harbour is continually working, with boats coming and going all time, it’s a busy old place.

Hamburg harbour, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Hamburg harbour

Why not?

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Miniature Wonderland

Well, I never thought I would be visiting a model railway while in Hamburg. When enjoying a glühwein the previous day, we got chatting to a British family, and they recommended visiting Miniature Wonderland.

Speicherstadt in the Model Village, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Speicherstadt in the Model Village

Never ones to turn down a recommendation we sought it out and it was in the Speicherstadt district. Some of the warehouses around this area have been converted for different uses, offices, museums and one conceals Miniature Wonderland. 

Perhaps not initially my cup of tea; however, the work and incredible detail that has gone into creating the miniature world is amazing.

The airport in the model world, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

The airport in the model world

They have recreated different regions of the world and iconic sights and sounds. As you wander around, there are interactive buttons to set off little displays, and every so often the lights are dimmed throughout the museum and night-time descends upon the model world.

Vegas at night in the Model World, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

Vegas at night in the Model World

Tip

Drop your coat off in the cloakroom, it does get busy and hot inside Miniature Wonderland.

St Nicholas’ Church

We headed back across the canal to St Nicholas’ Church, now just the neo-gothic tower remains. However, this church holds a significant part of Hamburg’s history and houses a museum beneath.

St Nicholas’ Church tower, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

St Nicholas’ Church tower

Bronze sculpture in memory of Sandbostel, Hamburg German Christmas Markets, Germany

The Ordeal sculpture in memory of Sandbostel

Where we stayed

For the two nights, we were in Hamburg, our accommodation was at the Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt. It is only about a 5 minutes’ walk to the Christmas markets in one direction and then around 5 minutes the other way to Speicherstadt, fantastic location.

It also had onsite parking, which was one of the reasons we chose it. I would highly recommend this hotel, and the staff were extremely helpful.

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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