The Hamburg Fish Market attracts both locals and visitors from around the world to St. Pauli every Sunday.
Hamburg’s traditional market, which is also known as the Altona fish market, already exists since 1703 and is well known far beyond the borders of Hamburg.
Besides fish, fruit and flowers, diverse goods are sold at the booths. A main attraction are the Barker, loudly offering their goods.
They are pleased when visitors haggle with them and some visitor has made a bargain or has returned home with free flowers.
The Hamburg Fish Market is not only a tourist attraction, but it also fulfills an important social and economic component for the local population and the fishmonger. The historic fish auction hall forms the center of the market.
Here, every Sunday from 5.30 a.m. till 12.00 noon you can listen to live music. During our visit, the band McCreams ( www.mccreams.de) spreaded good mood and excellent atmosphere with their musical performance.
Thanks to an initiative of Hamburger citizens the historic fish auction hall was preserved from decay.
In 1984 hall received a Europa Nostra Diploma of the European De – Koster Foundation; thus being the only monument in Hamburg which received this diploma.
Even if you have to get up early a visit to the fish market should not be missed.
During the summer, the Hamburg Fish Market takes place every Sunday 5 a.m to 9.30 a.m. In winter ( November to March) it will not be open until at 7 a.m.
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