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Hamburg Christmas Market in front of the town hall, Germany (photo by Chr. Spahrbier; mediaserver.hamburg.de)
Hamburg Christmas Market in front of the town hall, Germany (photo by Chr. Spahrbier; mediaserver.hamburg.de)

Christmas markets – a feast for the senses – in Hamburg and the metropolitan region

During the time before Christmas, Hamburg and the towns of the metropolitan region attract visitors from far and wide with traditional and festive Christmas markets and other Christmas attractions. In many districts, but especially on the squares and streets in the centre, Hamburg is transformed into a magical yuletide world – with manifold treats for the eye and the palate.

Berthed at Jungfernstieg, traditional fairytale ships offer children a free pre-Christmas treat. Alongside the water, an ice-skating rink offers a lot of fun for young and old. One special highlight is the joyful, historic Christmas Market on nearby Rathausmarkt – with the emphasis on art rather than commerce. About one hundred vendors offer art and craftmanship pieces from the Erzgebirge in Eastern Germany, woodcarvings from Tyrol (Italy), traditional biscuits from Aachen, gingerbread from Nuremberg and ceramics from the Lausitz. Designed by Circus Roncalli, the Christmas market in front of the festively illuminated Rathaus casts a poetic and alluring spell over its fortunate visitors.

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