With hundreds of fairground booths, activities, events and Hamburg-bound ships, the PORT ANNIVERSARY offers endless fun for the entire family.
What could be better than watching from the piers of Landungsbrücken or the Fish Market as a huge parade of tall ships and other vessels comes to port? Exploring the docks and hulls of those same ships during open ship events! The PORT ANNIVERSARY is a great chance to see nautical living quarters and machine rooms up close — a fascinating opportunity for kids and adults alike.
The Hafengeburtstag (lit. 'harbour birthday') is also a time when children can pick up some useful nautical skills: they can try out Morse code, learn how to tie sailing knots or even become little sailors themselves. In HafenCity district, they will be able to test the waters aboard small sailing boats.
For little ones who don’t want to get their feet wet, there’s plenty to do and see on land as well. Around St. Michael’s Church, a maritime children’s festival boasts the Hafenpiraten (lit. 'harbour pirates') area, where kids can dress up like pirates, join a 'tattoo competition', and climb masts and rigging like Blackbeard himself. And if that doesn’t deplete their energy, the bungee trampoline, underwater world and climbing wall will.
Child Finder service
Recently, the Port Anniversary has employed the help of a new free-of-charge 'Child Finder' service, which provides children with special bracelets on which parents can write the name of their child and a telephone number. This simple initiative made it easier for parents and children to be reunited in case they became separated in the crowd.