The yearly Port Anniversary is always packed with fun activities and events. From the opening ceremony and the grand arrival parade to spectacular fireworks, you won't want to miss any of the don’t miss the highlights at Hamburg's Hafengeburtstag!
Every May, the six-kilometre-long promenade between HafenCity, Landungsbrücken piers and the St. Pauli fish markets is filled with stands and podiums to celebrate the Port Anniversary. Vendors offer everything from local specialties and handicrafts to drinks so you can toast the harbor on its 'birthday'. Live music and more get the party started early and keep it going late into the night.
Every year, the PORT ANNIVERSARY partners up with a city, country or region which hosts its own 'festival within a festival' at Kehrwiederspitze/U3 Baumwall. Previous partners include France, South Africa and the Dutch city of Groningen, all of which treated visitors to culinary delicacies, local brews and travel inspiration for their respective destinations. In 2020, for example, the partner country was Croatia.
International Ecumenical Opening Service
The Port Anniversary traditionally kicks off with the opening service held at St. Michael's Church, accompanied by the shanty choir De Tampentrekker.
Grand Arrival Parade
Impressive sailing ships like the Alexander von Humboldt II, Kruzenshtern, Mir, Sedov and Cap San Diego, as well as marine, fire brigade and police boats grace the waters in front of the Landungsbrücken piers during the Grand Arrival Parade.
DJs, singer/songwriters and drag queens liven up the stage at the fish auction hall in celebration of the Port Anniversary, and on Sunday, the LGBTQI community is represented by a colourful and musical boat in the Hafengeburtstag's grand departure parade.
Who knew tugboats could be so graceful? Classical music accompanies the boats as they make their pirouettes at 5,000 HP. Unless you don't mind getting wet, don’t view this unique event from too close to the shore!
A literal highlight is the spectacular firework show that lights up the skies over Hamburg’s port on Saturday night of the celebratory weekend. Cruise ships join in the festivities with laser lights and horns. For the best views, go to the Landungsbrücken piers or find a spot by the water in HafenCity district.
Grand Departure Parade
A spectacular end to a spectacular festival. The Port Anniversary comes to an end with a grand departure parade, at which the sailing yachts, tugboats and cruise liners bid their farewells to Hamburg.
Learn more about the all-digital programme that took place in 2021 here.