If you’ve been wandering around Hamburg lately you may have noticed the trees flourishing with new life. Wee baby leaves are sprouting from the tips of stark winter branches as various hues of green begin to soften the urban landscape of Hamburg. The days are getting longer, the parks are filling with people… Spring has arrived!
In the leafy residential area of St Pauli where I live, and all across the city, you will see gaily coloured eggshell ornaments tied to shrubs and bushes with ribbon reminding us that Easter is just around the corner!
If you find yourself in Hamburg this Easter weekend there are many events on to keep you occupied, most exciting of which is the traditional Osterfeuer (Easter Fire)! On Saturday the 19th of April, Hamburg will alight with celebratory bonfires. Originally a pagan tradition to celebrate the coming of spring and demise of winter, the Osterfeuer was later continued by Christians. Luckily for you, religious or not, this means massive Easter Saturday bonfires all across the city!
There are numerous Osterfeuer organised across Hamburg, you can find full listings of events over at Ganz-Hamburg. Many of the bonfires have live music, drinks and food vendors. My hot tip is to head to Blankenese for a beachfront bonfire… Ah spring time in Hamburg.
The Easter weekend also marks the end of the springtime DOM carnival. If you haven’t already got stuck into some fire roasted Bratwurst, sipped a cold beer while enjoying 360 degree views of the city in the SkyBar or tried your hand at shooting ducks in hope of winning an oversized plush elephant… Then get yourself down to DOM this weekend before it all wraps up. It will be closed for Good Friday, but otherwise open until Easter Monday.