The Fish Market Hamburg

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Hamburg's Fish Market: the 5 best eats

Forget traditional farmer's markets. In addition to fresh fish and delicious produce of all kinds, Hamburg's Fish Market also features parties, concerts and the most colorful range of individuals imaginable – it's not simply a market, it's an experience!

  • Fischbrötchen

    1. Fischbrötchen

    The Fischbrötchen, aka Fish Sandwich, is synonymous with Hamburg's fish market and a favorite hang-over food for the all-night revelers stumbling over from the nearby Reeperbahn.

  • Fischmarkt Brunch

    2. Fischmarkt Brunch

    For a more substantial breakfast, head over to the Altona Auction Hall and sit down for the famous brunch, which offers a staggering range of dishes accompanied by live music.

  • Sausages

    3. Sausages

    If fish isn't your bag, don't worry, sausages are very well represented at the market. Grab a Currywurst and join the debate over whether Berlin or Hamburg does them better.

  • Fruit baskets

    4. Fruit baskets

    For your vitamin fix, get yourself a 10 EUR fruit basket. Try your hand at the local auctioning practices of quantity over price and see how big a bag you manage to haggle.

  • Beer

    5. Beer

    Yes, it may be early morning, but beer is at least as popular as the fish. If you're up for it, join the merry beer drinkers in the Auction Hall for a pint and a dance.

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go

    The market is open every Sunday morning and if you can get yourself up at dawn (or if you're still taking advantage of the infamous nightlife, of course), it's well worth getting to the market early. Not only will you find the freshest produce and have the opportunity of buying fish straight off the boat, but the sight of the sun rising over the water is simply spectacular.

  • Best avoided during stormy weather

    It's good to note that since the Fish Market is below sea level, it can get flooded when the weather is particularly stormy. Either don a pair of rubber boots or come back during fairer weather.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open Sundays April through October, 5:00AM - 9:30AM, November through March, 7:00AM - 9:30AM.
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to visit, but save some money for snacks and beer!
  • Will I need a guide?
    A lot of guides will take you through the Fish Market, but you may not need a stand-alone tour here.
  • How to get there
    Take the S1 or S3 to Reeperbahn, the U3 to Landungsbrücken or bus 112 to Fischmarkt.

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What people are saying about The Fish Market Hamburg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,854 reviews

Excellent content and presentation. Both Guids were knowledable.

It was really excellent that we could split the two activities over two days, as there was now time left to do the boat trip when we got back from the hop-on hop-off bus trip. We tend to use the bus as one trip, in order to gain an overview of the whole city. We rarely tend to use the bus more than once. Hamburg was great and the bus was great too.

Good general introduction to the Hamburg Harbour

Good general introduction to the Hamburg Harbour. Boat was OK but the there was only one bartender and it took a long time to have something to drink. Despite of this the experience was positive.

Great tour, although it would be great to have an English-speaking tour guide or at least get headphones to be able to listen to their English online-guide.

It was very nice, i appreciated the option of having an English guide on a phone from the company. But the German guide from the speakers was extremely loud

Well organised tour, friendly staff, good value for money. What more can you ask for? 5 stars!