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Events in Hamburg

Find the best events taking place during your stay in Hamburg.

Fish market

The Hamburg Fischmarkt is the most popular and traditional market of the city and a meeting point for locals as well as for visitors from around the world. Stroll through all the market stalls offering fresh fish, baskets full of fresh fruits, tropical flowers, clothes, souvenirs and much more. This world-famous market takes place every Sunday down by the river Elbe in Hamburg Altona and is a must-see during your stay in Hamburg. Enjoy live music at the market hall in the early morning and experience the special atmosphere.

  • Authentic market experience
  • Sunday morning
  • Fresh fish
  • Traditional and most popular market in Hamburg

ITU World Triathlon Hamburg

Take part in the world's biggest triathlon in Hamburg: Join one of the sprint distances, the Olympic distances or the relay. The route of the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg leads through the beautiful city centre along Alster, Elbchaussee and Rathausmarkt.

  • Different competitions
  • World's biggest triathlon
  • 6 - 7 July 2019


Altonale is the largest cultural district festival in Hamburg. Visitors can look forward to music, sport, art and culinary highlights during this festival. For over two weeks, several places througout the city will be characterized by literature, film, art, theatre and music. The highlight of the Altonale is a street festival at the end. Feel welcome and enjoy the festivities from 31 May to 16 June 2019.

  • Culture
  • Street festival
  • Art, music, literature
  • 31 May to 16 June 2019

Lion King musical

"The Lion King” is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M. The musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant puppets.

  • Lion King Disney musical

Christmas markets

During the festive season, the city of Hamburg invites you to several Christmas markets. You can marvel at Santa's sleight in the sky at the historic Rathausmarkt Christmas market daily at 4.00 pm, 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm. Enjoy great views of the bustling Christmas market from the top of the historic big wheel at the Christmas market along the Alster.

A colourful and pleasant parade through the festive and decorated city centre takes place every advent Saturday.

  • Christmas market Rathausmarkt: 26 November - 23 December 2018
  • Christmas market Jungfernstieg: 26 November - 23 December 2018
  • Christmas parade
  • Santa Claus
  • Handcrafted gifts

Long night of the museums

Visit Hamburg's museums the whole night. Different museums in the whole city open their doors until 2 am.

  • Long Night of the Museums
  • About 60 selected museums
  • Opening hours until 2am
  • Discover, enjoy, experience and be amazed
  • Spring 2019

Port birthday

Each year the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg celebrates the birthday of its harbour. More than a million domestic and foreign visitors come annually to the maritime people's festival of superlatives and let themselves be inspired in the heart of Hamburg by ships from all over the world. On shore, there are more than 200 programme items, with music, cultural and culinary displays, giving a wide range of activities and fun for adults and children.

  • World's greatest port festival every May
  • Maritime programme for the whole family
  • More than 200 programme items
  • 10 - 13 May 2019


This is an event with a tradition and a celebration for the entire city. Everybody visiting the inner Alster during the Alstervergnügen festivities may expect a mixed bag of amusements including a family and cultural programme on various stages, exciting shows on the water, a dance floor, cabaret and street theatre, a Ferris wheel and fireworks in the evening.

  • Very popular annual city festival
  • Takes place around the Alster lake
  • A family and cultural programme on various stages
  • Fireworks in the evening
  • Late summer 2019

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