The best time to enjoy the riverside Fish Market is in the early hours on Sunday morning. Erika and I ordered a taxi for 07:00 and were there before 07:30 but not at 05:00 when it opens for the early birds and night owls. The quick-witted vendors present their wares to the shoppers (and tourists) in a very entertaining way. This in German of course, so there are many times when I wouldn’t have any idea what was being said without Erika’s translation.
The Market extends over a long area at the waterfront and a whole variety of goods are sold – the fish couldn’t be fresher and the fruit sold in baskets looked to be of beautiful quality.
FISH AUCTION HALL
It was built in 1894 and is the traditional and impressive centre of the Fish Market. It is frequently used today as a venue for special events such as enjoying the music and the well-deserved drink after making the rounds of the Fish Market. The Auction Hall, with its intricate iron lattice- work design was declared a historic monument in 1989.
CRUISE ON THE ELBE
An hour’s cruise on a small Ferry helped us to discover the highlights of this cosmopolitan city on the water. From historic vessels to giant container ships, old bridges, an historic warehouse complex(now a national monument) and touring through the Elbe Canals is a must when visiting Hamburg. As the commentary was in German, Erika once again filled in much if the information for me once we were back on dry(often not) land.
ST PAULI ELBE TUNNEL
The old St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel, a masterpiece of engineering built almost one hundred years ago, consists of two 400 metre long tunnels open to pedestrians. This tunnel takes pedestrians to a spectacular lookout area on the other side of the Elbe with a view of the city and the Michel.
That was just a part of our very interesting day. We enjoyed a tasty fish lunch and, of course, had a couple of coffee/rest breaks.