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Hamburg Christmas Markets in Five Nights

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Evening view of Hamburg at Christmas time, Germany Evening view of Hamburg at Christmas time, Germany

27 Nov 2025

Southampton

5 nights

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Join us for this festive getaway, designed by our Journey Planners to visit Germany during the Christmas Markets season. An extended stay in Hamburg invites you to immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of wooden huts adorned with twinkling lights, offering a delightful array of food, confectionery and handicrafts. Wander through this cosy festive haven, discovering unique gifts and savouring traditional treats like lebkuchen and stollen, paired with a cup of warming Glühwein. Delve into the rich history of these markets, a cherished and time-honoured German tradition, making it an unforgettable experience that blends cultural discovery with the joyous spirit of the festive season.

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Hamburg Christmas Market

Explore Hamburg’s Christmas Markets

Each December, the famous Hamburg Christmas Markets set up in the heart of the historic German city. As you wander through the quaint streets adorned with twinkling lights, the scent of cinnamon and mulled wine hangs in the air, making a trip to the festive markets an unforgettable experience. The iconic Rathausmarkt transforms into a winter wonderland, with traditional wooden stalls offering handcrafted gifts, seasonal treats, such as Lebkuchen, Kartoffelpuffer and Stollen, and local beverages such as Glühwein, attracting both locals and visitors from far and wide. Other notable markets include the Historic Christmas Market in front of St Petri Church and the Fleetinsel Christmas Market, located on an island in Hamburg’s picturesque Alsterfleet canal.

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Hamburg Christmas Market

Discover the History of Christmas Markets

The Hamburg Christmas Market, known as the Hamburger Weihnactsmarkt, boasts a rich history which dates back to the Middle Ages. Although the precise origins are unclear, historical records suggest that Christmas Markets have been held in the German city since the early 17th century, serving as a place for locals to gather, purchase goods and celebrate the festive season. One of the earliest records of a Christmas Market in Hamburg dates back to 1647, when the market mainly sold food and crafts, offering essentials for the festive period. Over time, the market has expanded in scope and popularity, incorporating traditional elements such as wooden stalls, sparking lights and seasonal decorations.

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Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

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* Prices correct as of 14:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 14:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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