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Key Info

Große Elbstraße 9

Price & Hours



Free, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

All-night revelers finish up their partying at the Sunday morning St. Pauli Fischmarkt (Fish Auction Hall and Market) and early morning shoppers get a head start on the day. Not only are there stalls brimming with fresh fish and other goods, there's also steaming hot bratwursts, free-flowing beer and even an energetic band to keep the jovial atmosphere alive. It's also one of those uniquely Hamburg attractions, one which has been an institution since 1703. If you sleep in (or you're just getting to bed after bar hopping), you'll miss out on the Fischmarkt; it's open on early Sunday mornings only.

Recent visitors who knew what they were in for say the scene is fun and festive, while those looking for a traditional market were a bit disappointed. Reviewers described the scene as merry, with many comparing it to Oktoberfest.

The market is free to visit. From April through October, it is open on Sundays from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. From November through March, it welcomes visitors from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. You can reach the market via the U3 U-Bahn line to Landungsbrücken. For more information, visit the market's official website.

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