Hamburg holds a special, festive place in our hearts, as it was the first city we visited over the Christmas period. And Germany certainly knows how to do Christmas.

Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg, Cologne….the list of German markets is endless, and the cities themselves top many a list of where to go for a Christmas break. As the second largest city in Germany, we chose Hamburg for its size, hoping the bigger the city, the better the markets. And we were right; there are a variety of markets around the city (including an erotic one in the city’s red light district!) but the main one can be found in front of the town hall. The best time to visit is in the evening, where the many stalls illuminate the dark December night, looking, in our opinion, officially post card perfect. Shop for Christmas gifts or sample some of the gorgeous traditional food that many stalls have to offer- don’t miss out on a tankard of hot gluhwein to keep you warm throughout the cold night.

Speaking of cold, another reason we chose Hamburg was for its perfect Christmas climate. With an average of 4°C, you can have fun wrapping up in your best thermals but the cold won’t stop you from exploring the city to its full. And there is plenty to explore; while we strongly suggest you visit as close to Christmas as possible, check out our ‘Directory’ for activities that are available all year round, plus recommendations on where to stay and eat in the city.


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