Fish, fruit, flowers, clothing and souvenirs – you can find almost anything at the Hamburg Fish Market, an institution since 1703. Every Sunday morning, early birds and night owls unite along the shores of the Elbe to barter over fresh fish, regain their spirits over a coffee or simply to enjoy the lively atmosphere.
To attract customers, the market barkers out-shout each other. This results in a loud and verbose crescendo that both locals and tourists enjoy on a weekly basis. 'Come over here, I'll throw in a salmon for you' is what shoppers hear as they stroll from stall to stall. Is it a bargain or too good to be true? You'll have to decide for yourself.
Not every visitor is there to haul home baskets of fresh produce. Some come to feast on an early morning fish sandwich while taking in some hanseatic chit chat over beautiful views of the harbour. Others put on their dancing shoes in the Fischauktionshalle (lit. 'fish auction hall') to keep the Saturday party going well into Sunday morning. Inside the century-old building, the band keeps spirits high with live rock and jazz, attracting party-goers for one last dance after dawn. With the bars and clubs of the Reeperbahn only a few minutes away, the banks of the Elbe are a popular last stop after a rough Saturday night out on the town.
Hamburg Fish Market reopens
Thanks to decreased cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Hamburg’s beloved Fish Market will reopen on Sunday, 4 July following the market’s regular summer hours. A strict hygiene protocol will be in place for the safety of vendors and visitors alike.
Under this protocol, there will be some changes to the traditional Hamburg Fish Market. First and foremost, all ‘event’ aspects of the market are on hold until further notice, including live music. The range of goods at the Hamburg Fish Market will initially be based on that of a normal weekly market, and vendors will be prohibited from the traditional boisterous methods of attracting shoppers. Additionally, the consumption of food will only be permitted outside the market area and as at all of Hamburg's weekly markets, shoppers must wear medical-grade face masks over their noses and mouths at all times in the market area.
Please check back for updates regarding these regulations regularly.
Summer (April — October) Sundays 5:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.
Winter (November — March): Sundays 7:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.
U3 to Landungsbrücken
S1 and S3 to Reeperbahn
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