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Hamburg Port Anniversary


The Hafengeburtstag will also take place digitally in 2021. From May 7 to 9, 2021, the HAFENGEBURTSTAG@HOME will come to life virtually. This includes attractive program content on culture and tourism as well as business and politics insights into the many facets of port life. Live broadcasts from new content and content already recorded in previous years fill the virtual program:

Friday, 07.05.2021

  • Opening speech of the 1st mayor
  • ecumenical service in the Michel
  • Entry parade
  • Livestream from the Elbphilharmonie with star conductor Paavo Järvi

Saturday, 08.05.2021

  • Tugboat ballet
  • Fish stick dinner with entertainer and amateur chef Yared Dibaba
  • Live show #1 among others with a shanty band contest, the Hamburg cult singer Achim Reichel, the soul singer Flo Mega, the Hamburg reggae band Guacayo, the maritime band Albers Ahoi as well as the singer Bernd Bergemann and many greetings from among others Udo Lindenberg, Fettes Brot and Revolverheld
  • Big digital fireworks

Sunday, 09.05.2021

  • Outgoing parade
  • Live show #2 with the Hamburg rock band Selig, pianist Enno Bunger and other artists including Tom Klose, Joseph and David Friedrich

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These are the highlights of Hamburg Port Anniversary

Here, you'll find all the important information and dates on the world's largest harbour festival. From May 7 to 9, 2021, the harbour will be transformed into a colourful and exciting street festival in honour of the birth of the Port of Hamburg. Be there when the harbour birthday is traditionally opened with the big entrance parade and the tugboat ballet on the Elbe. The Port Anniversary is a special highlight in Hamburg, which you should not miss, even if it takes place digitally again this year.

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Reception of the ships for the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY The Tall Ship Parade on Friday

Every year, the big entrance parade is the beginning of the biggest harbour festival in the world, the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY. More than 300 ships sail along the Elbe towards the harbour. An impressive spectacle for young and old sailors.

The Tall Ship Parade on Friday
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Fireworks spectacle at the Elbe river The Big Fireworks

The Big Fireworks are a real highlight of the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY. Watching the fireworks from the right spot somewhere along the Elbe with the most breathtaking and fascinating view is surely an experience to remember.

The Big Fireworks
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Dance of the tugboats on the Elbe The Tugboat Ballet

The tugboat ballet at the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERASRY is a unique and impressive show.

The Tugboat Ballet
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Farewell of the ships from the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY The Tall Ship Parade on Sunday

Even the biggest harbour festival in the world comes to an end. The closing event of the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY is the big sailing parade on the Elbe. The numerous ships then bid farewell to the port of Hamburg.

The Tall Ship Parade on Sunday
© Hauptkirche St. Michaelis / Peter Vette

Opening ceremony of the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY International Ecumenical Service

Every year the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY is traditionally opened by an international ecumenical service in the main church of St. Michaelis.

International Ecumenical Service


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CITY AREA PORTRAIT St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn

At Hamburg’s city coast, the Elbe and the harbour, you can just sit down and watch as ships, ferries and tugs pass by and enjoy the strong sea breeze. A few hundred meters away you can experience Hamburg’s world-famous “sinful mile” – the Reeperbahn.

St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn
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Hamburg's water station. Landungsbrücken

The floating dock - called the "Landungsbrücken" (landing stages) – is 700 metres long. Harbour tours and the HADAG steamers to Finkenwerder, Oevelgönne and Blankenese leave from this water "station". Impressive luxury cruisers also dock here from time to time.

Fischmarkt Hamburg
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Sundays 5 to 9 am Fish Market

Every Sunday morning since 1703 Hamburg's most traditional market has been trading in just about anything and everything that isn't nailed down.

Fish Market

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