Port Anniversary Highlights
Explore historic yachts, sing along to shanty choirs and admire the tugboat ballet during the yearly anniversary weekend.
Highlights PORT ANNIVERSARY Hamburg
The yearly PORT ANNIVERSARY is always packed with fun activities and events. From the opening ceremony and the grand arrival parade to spectacular fireworks — don’t miss the highlights!
The six-kilometre-long promenade between HafenCity, Landungsbrücken and the St. Pauli fish markets will be filled with stands and podiums offering everything from local specialties and handicrafts to live music and more.
Every year, the PORT ANNIVERSARY partners up with a city, country or region, which then hosts its own 'festival within a festival' at Kehrwiederspitze/U3 Baumwall. Previous partners include the city of Groningen (NL), France and South Africa, which have all treated visitors to culinary delicacies, local brews and travel inspiration for their respective destinations.
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. On Sunday, the LGBTQI community is represented by a colourful and musical boat in the grand departure parade.
Who knew tugboats could be so graceful? Classical music accompanies the boats as they make their pirouettes at 5000 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. 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.