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.

What people are saying about The Fish Market Hamburg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,853 reviews

The tour was great! Yes, the commentary is in German (as described), and our guide was cracking a fair number of jokes which might be harder to understand for a less proficient speaker. However, most of the facts (size of port, number of containers etc) of the port should be easier to understand. You get a nice round through the river portion and industrial section of the harbor, and see huge container ships, shipyards, recycling stations, and dry docks. Definitely recommend the 2 hour tour instead of just 1 hour!

All in all it was amazing. As we were only 4 guests, it felt like a private tour. Our tourguide was really nice. Five stars for her! Sadly I had to remove one star as the busdriver was a grumpy man. He didn‘t wanted to accept our mobile tickets and had no idea how to handle a qr code. Also his driving style was rather frightening.

Excellent tour but unfortunately the tour was just in German. I couldn't understand anything they told. Despite this, we had the chance to see and visit the whole harbour and the city from the water. No food, coffe or anything else on board!!

It was very enjoyable but it was a pity there was no English translation as, while we had the audio, we could not be party to the jokes the captain was sharing with the German speaking passengers.

It was an interesting tour of the Hamburg Harbour, we got audio guides from the main office at pier 6 and then we could find out all the info in english as the tour was in german. la