The ELBFEST.HAMBURG celebrates the maritime heritage of the Hanseatic city under the motto "Port confessions". At three hotspots on both sides of the Elbe, the diverse maritime heritage of the city - historic ships, port facilities, museums and institutions - with all its possibilities for use and experience will be visible, freely accessible and experienceable for an entire weekend.
Lovingly restored ships, high-quality culinary delights and atmospheric artistic contributions create a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Crew members invite visitors to talks and demonstrations, convey their passion and solicit fresh commitment for the old pots.
The highlight and conclusion of the Elbe Festival is the parade of around 50 traditional ships on Sunday afternoon, which will feature unusual encounters on the water:
Three hotspots on both sides of the Elbe
The central venue is Sandtorhafen harbor in Hamburg's HafenCity district. Concerts and performances will take place here on Saturday and Sunday. Guided tours and hands-on activities will be offered on the ships, and information booths, gastronomy and merchants will offer a high-quality range of products on the pontoon area and ashore. Historic ships allow a ride on the Elbe. There is also a colorful accompanying program in the harbor museum at the 50s sheds. On a visit to the other side of the Elbe, visitors can relax and "Fofftein" in Hamburg's last coffee shop before continuing on to the museum harbor at Oevelgönne.
Paddle steamer meets megaliner
The fact that Hamburg knows how to organically combine tradition and modernity is demonstrated on Saturday when the veteran among the paddle steamers, the over 100-year-old KAISER WILHELM, passes the MSC "Magnifica". The megaliner of MSC Cruises with 2,600 passengers is a regular guest in the Port of Hamburg and is usually moored at the Cruise Terminal Altona from 07.00 - 21.00 hrs.