Holiday cheer gets a neon glow at the Hamburger DOM
December 1, 2016
The large open space close to the Hamburg’s city center known as Heiligengeistfeld, or Field of the Holy Spirit, derives its name from a 15th-century hospital that one stood in the vicinity. Since 1893, the grounds have served as the site of the Hamburger DOM, a massive fun fair that takes place three times annually: March-April, July-August and November-December.
The Hamburger DOM’s winter edition wears a distinct Christmas coat and can make a welcome contrast from the almost too picture-perfect ambiance of more traditional Christmas markets. The largest fun fair in northern Germany boasts of rides for thrill seekers such as a free-fall tower and a double loop roller coaster, along with vintage carousels and a mini-coaster for the toddler set. Games of chance, raffles and a beer tent offer ample opportunity to part with one’s wages, and a glass of warm mulled wine is never too far from hand. New this year is the Winterland on Ice, a massive skating rink offering entertainment and a children’s disco on Wednesday evenings. Skate rental is available on-site.
Entry to the Hamburger DOM is free. A good day for families to visit is Wednesday, when prices on several attractions are discounted. Fireworks go off at 10:30 p.m. Friday evenings.
The 2016 edition of the Winter-DOM runs through Dec. 4. Learn more at http://english.hamburg.de/visitors/290760/hamburg-hamburgs-dom-english/