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Fish Auction Hall and Market

Address: 137 Grosse Elbstrasse, 22767 Hamburg, Germany (Altonaer Fischmarkt)
Phone Number: 49 40 380 12 0
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Ranked #35 of 387 things to do in Hamburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Dating back to 1703, this is Hamburg’s oldest and most traditional open-air market.
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Type: Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Dating back to 1703, this is Hamburg’s oldest and most traditional open-air market.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you happen to be in Hamburg, this market is worth starting your Sunday early for (they go from 4am-10am, when the fish are the freshest). There are multiple booths for each purpose: raw seafood, cooked seafood, sandwiches and breakfast goods, cheeses, beer and wine, wooden goods, souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, accessories, the list goes on! It's a very large market... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I added this to my list from the reviews here and it was well worth it. The market is pretty big with fruit / vegetables and food being the main things for sale. It was a nice start to the day wandering through the various stalls and enjoying breakfast. The Auction Hall at the far end is well worth the... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

It's great to go here during summer when the sun rises early and it is not to cold. I like the market - it's too early for me to have beer and rock music in the hall - I did that when I was younger after being to the Reeperbahn all night. It's great to go to the market if... More 

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Leeds
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27 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This market is huge - along with the traditional fish stalls, there's vegetable stalls and all the usual market stuff - however it is the fish stalls which are worth visiting. Also there are stalls selling hot and cold fish sandwiches and all sorts of bartering going on. The Auction house itself is incredible - at 8am people are drinking... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a huge market on Sunday mornings from around 6 AM to 10:30 or 11:00. Located at the port (hafen) vendors are outside and it includes everything from clothing to smoked fish and flowers. The most fun outside is the fruit & vegetable vendors selling baskets of assorted fruits for 10 Euro a basket. The fish vendors are fun... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A great way to kickstart your Sunday at 05:30 when the beers start flowing and the bands are playing. Outside many stalls selling food and flowers and fresh products and indoors the party is rocking in the hall. Would definitely recommend it

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NYC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were aware this was not the actual "fish market" but were so disappointed that it was just like a street fair in NYC that's filled with the same stuff, mostly junk. So many places have the same fruit baskets, souvenirs, and cheap clothes. The food/fish trucks were better. You could have some fried fish on a roll for breakfast.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Outstandingly awesome!!!! Best kept as a secret!! Fantastic music, food, shopping etc etc etc. A must for all. Great way to end the weekend but start a Sunday.

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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I could visit this area every Sunday no problem at all. Clothes flowers fruit huge fish selection from stalls and many take away food stalls . It's all begins at 5.30am on a Sunday morning but it's all over by ten thirty because of the strong church going community My wife who can't resist a bargain was away with the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One has to be an early morning person to enjoy the experience. The music in the auction hall was great the day I went. Could not spend time as much as I would have liked to in account if a travel situation.

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