Hafengeburtstag Hamburg, the world's largest port festival
Every year in May, more than one million people 'set sail' to the shores of the Elbe to celebrate the anniversary of Hamburg's port. Legend has it that Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa granted the city a tax exemption on May 7th 1189: a decision that helped Hamburg grow in prosperity — and the port to become the third largest in Europe.
Against the stunning backdrop of the Speicherstadt warehouse district, the magnificent Elbphilharmonie concert hall and the iconic Landungsbrücken piers, the yearly Port Anniversary weekend is filled with maritime-themed festivities.
Highlights of the Port Anniversary traditionally include the arrival of 300 vessels including tall ships, traditional sailing yachts and cruise ships; the yearly Tugboat Ballet and a spectacular firework show. Along the harbour front, visitors can enjoy culinary delights and live music performances on numerous stages.
The 829th Port Anniversary will be celebrated from Thursday 10 May to Sunday 13 May 2018.