Port Anniversary Hamburg

Port Anniversary General Information

The PORT ANNIVERSARY's sheer magnitude can be overwhelming. Get your overview here and ready yourself for the weekend of the year.

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.

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 previous PORT ANNIVERSARY took place from 10 to 13 May 2018. The 830th PORT ANNIVERSARY will be celebrated from 10 to 12 May 2019.  

Port Anniversary 2017

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