A "must" on Sunday Fischmarkt
The Hamburg Fishmarket attracts over 70,000 visitors to the Elbe every Sunday. Here you can find fresh fish, fruit baskets and tropical flowers.
Fischmarkt in Hamburg information and opening times
Address: Große Elbstraße 9, 27767 Hamburg
Opening times: Every Sunday:
April to October, 5am – 9.30am;
November to March, 7am – 9.30am.
Public transport: S1 and S3, Station 'Reeperbahn'; U3, Station 'Landungsbrücken'; Bus line 112, Stop 'Fischmarkt'.
Parking: At Edgar-Engelhard-Kai and in Van Smissen Straße
Rumour has it that the hawkers loudly shouting their wares at the Fischmarkt can be heard all the way over in nearby Reeperbahn.
Without a doubt, every Sunday morning everything springs up in the Fishmarket area. Whether fish, fruit, flowers, vegetables or clothes, anything can be bought on the stands lined up along the open space next to the Elbe's harbour basin.
At the Fischmarkt the hawkers are willing to haggle and sweeten the deal with an extra bargain or two. With a mixture of families and shoppers arriving early to catch a good deal, along with the dregs of last night's crowds enticed by the live music on offer, Fischmarkt is a special atmosphere and definitely one to experience when in Hamburg.
Fruit baskets and fresh fish
Many market stalls and car boots are packed with stacks upon stacks of fruit baskets, vying for a buyer. This spectacle of speed selling and buying takes place every week with an audience of locals and tourists alike.
However not everyone carries kilos of fish home. After a long night in St. Pauli, many football fans over in Hamburg to support an away game can be spotted. They, like many other visitors, can be content to eat a Fischbrötchen (fish sandwich) or another Hanseatic snack by the river Elbe overlooking the harbour of Hamburg. A tasty treat and a lovely view alone make Fischmarkt worth a visit.
Early morning rock music
You don't have to end your night of dancing in St. Pauli – in the historic fish market hall (Fischauktionshalle) there is plenty of early morning live music to keep you going. Many a wedding party, including the bride and groom, will find themselves at the Fischmarkt as their celebrations wind down. Even locals flock to the Elbe and see the Market hall as their final party venue of the night.
As the Fischmarkt stands on land below sea level, in stormy weather it can often become submerged in water .In general visitors leave the Fischmarket with wet feet and seldom with a dry throat – whether also with tropical plants and other wares is another matter.