Hamburg Port Anniversary: The world’s biggest port fest

The history

The first port facility was stablished in 1188, at the Nikolaifleet. The official birth of the Port of Hamburg was on May 7, 1189, when Emperor Frederick Barbarossa granted freedom from customs duties to Hamburg merchants.

Hamburg Port is now is the main port in Germany. Also one of the world’s biggest container ports and a great bridge between Europe and Overseas.

The party

Every year, more than one million visitors from Germany and abroad come to Hamburg to celebrate the Anniversary with over 300 ships and boats from all over the globe and a huge amount of events on water and land.

More than 200 attractions including exhibitions, guided tours and special events run by the museums in the Speicherstadt. Along the 6km long port, a huge number of stages will offer free concerts and acts for your enjoyment. You will find also the LGBTQI Pride Harbour – the best party of the festival.

Food markets, ferris wheel, carousel, fireworks, beer and an embracing happy vibe take over the Hamburg port for 3 days. The highlights for me are the Grand Arrival Parade on Friday, the Ship Ballet on Saturday and the Departure Parade on Sunday.

To arrive at the main area of the festival, you can go by bus (111), train (Landungsbrücken) or Subway (Landungsbrücken, Baumwall). You can download the schedule and festival map by clicking here and check all the event’s highlights here.

This year we are going to celebrate the 830th Hamburg Port Anniversary from May 10 to 12. World’s biggest port festival is waiting for you!

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  1. May 9, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    The port is definitely one of the most beautiful parts of Hamburg. I hope they were able to finish renovating for the party!

    • May 9, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      Indeed! The entire port area is gorgeous. They already finished the renovation! A brand new area for the people to enjoy the city 🙂 (and protect the city in case of floodings)

  2. Iêda
    May 10, 2019 / 11:42 am

    Hj vou ter o privilégio de conhecer essa linda festa. Parabéns pelo post, as fotos mostram muita riqueza de detalhes, muita beleza.

    • May 13, 2019 / 10:15 am

      Que bom! Espero que tenha gostado =)

  3. elkassih
    May 12, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Wow, this is a beautiful port in Germany! I loved all your photos! Well done!

    • May 20, 2019 / 6:24 pm

      Thanks Elkassih! I really appreciate it =)

  4. May 15, 2019 / 10:24 pm

    Looks beautiful! I bet this would be really fun.

    • May 20, 2019 / 6:25 pm

      Hi Trina! Sure it was! =) I was sick and didn’t missed one day hahah Hope you have the chance to visit it soon =)

  5. June 8, 2019 / 2:28 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun and a good time to visit Hamburg – the ships make it a great attraction, and May the weather must be warm… I have family in Germany 😂 maybe go next year!

    • July
      June 15, 2019 / 12:21 pm

      Yes, May is starting to get warm. Blue days and a not “oven-hot” weather hahah

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