Friday, March 25, 2011

Hamburg Webcam at Frühlingsdom Spring Festival 2011

The Hamburger Dom is a large funfair held in Hamburg, at Heiligengeistfeld area, in the North of Germany. With three fairs (spring, summer and winter) per year it is the biggest in Northern Germany and the longest fair throughout Germany.

For live feed, webcam, dates, festival details:

Hamburger Dom 2011 Live

It attracts approximately nine million visitors annually. Just like the Oktoberfest, this Volksfest (lit. peoples fair) is a mix of both beer festival and funfair.

A market in or in front of Hamburg's cathedral was first recorded in 1329, at the beginning only in special seasons like Christmas. With the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century the fair was also held on other times. After the demolition of the cathedral (1804–1807), the market was held on the Gänsemarkt (geese market) in 1804, but kept the name Dom. Since 1892, the funfair was held at Heiligengeistfeld (lit. field of the Holy Spirit) and the name was used for all fairs in the area.

Winterdom or Dommarkt (winter fair or cathedral market): 30 days in late autum
Sommerdom or Hummelfest (summer fair or Hummel market) since 1947: 31 days during summer
Frühlingsdom (spring fair): since 1948, 30 days in spring