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 4,615 reviews

Our family (4 people) really enjoyed the guided tour with Melanie. According to the guide, the tour could only be adapted due to the corona. The information on the individual stages was very helpful and informative. The individual stations that we headed to from 5 a.m. were the Reeperbahn including the Kiez bakery, the old Elbe tunnel, landing bridges, a short port trip and, at the end, the fish market. The coffee and the Franzbrötchen at the beginning of the tour were worth their weight in gold.

Bus drivers were informative re: boat tickets (since the website/app we’re not very detailed); neither lake or river cruises has English translation, but still very beautiful and scenic; was able to do all 3 in 1 day (we only had 1 day in Hamburg) - great way to see everything, if you don’t have a lot of time.

The tour was comprehensive and informative. We say many of the important districts of Hamburg and the architectural buildings we were hoping to see. The tour was informative and the guide was very funny.

Great experience with a very personable city guide who showed us a few beautiful corners of Hamburg - I can only recommend it!

Great day thank you very much. Exellent guide and driver!!!!