Port Anniversary

Port Anniversary General Information

Overwhelmed by the magnitude of Hamburg’s Port Anniversary? Here is everything you need to get ready for the maritime event of the year.

Port Anniversary Hamburg

Hafengeburtstag Hamburg, the world's largest port festival

Port Anniversary

Every year in May, over one million people embark for the shores of the Elbe to celebrate Hamburg's Hafengeburtstag (lit. 'harbor birthday'), the anniversary of the city's port. Legend has it that Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa granted the city a tax exemption on 7 May 1189, a decision that helped Hamburg grow in prosperity as the port became 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 is a whole weekend of fun and events for locals and visitors of all ages. 

Highlights traditionally include the arrival of a large number of sea vessels (including historic 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.


Harbour fans can look forward to upcoming Port Anniversary 9–12 May 2024.

 The ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT II joined the Port Anniversary 2017

Port Anniversary 2017


PORT ANNIVERSARY - General Information