In 2023, HAFENGEBURTSTAG HAMBURG will again take place in May. Subject to pandemic developments, you can make a note of 5 to 7 May 2023. Here you will find all the important information and dates for the world's largest port festival. Every year, the port is transformed into a colourful and lively street festival in honour of the birth of the Port of Hamburg.

Highlights Port Anniversary Highlights

Traditionally, the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY opens with the grand arrival parade. When the tugboats dance a ballet on the Elbe and the colourful harbour mile provides culinary delicacies and background music, it becomes fun and exciting at the Landungsbrücken. The tugboat ballet is a unique spectacle worldwide; the tugboats perform their choreography to classical music for their audience. The colourful harbour mile provides food and entertainment, from fish sandwiches to exotic noodle dishes, there are many delicacies. Entertainment is provided by a colourful stage programme, with a total of up to ten small stages offering free live music from a wide range of genres. The port anniversary is a special highlight in Hamburg that you should not miss. Hamburg welcomes you!

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Enjoy less hustle and bustle than on land and secure one of the coveted places on board now. With our all-round carefree travel packages, you can enjoy your holiday to the full from the moment you arrive to the last moment. Our Hamburg CARD including many discounts and public transport and our free cancellation guarantee are already included in every travel package. Simply travel flexibly and cancel free of charge up to 7 days before arrival*.



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Package: Harbor Anniversary Elbkristall
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834th Harbor Anniversary Hamburg on the MS Elbkristall Biggest Harbor Festival in the World

  • overnight stays in a hotel with breakfast
  • 2-hour boat trip with view on the fireworks
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth 28,90 €
834th Harbor Anniversary Hamburg on the MS Elbkristall
To offer
From 216.50

Cruising around Right in the middle instead of just being there

The ships are welcomed with the tall ship parade and the Port anniversary is officially opened. A real highlight, in the truest sense of the word, is the great fireworks display over the Elbe. The grand finale of this unique spectacle is the farewell tall ship parade. With us, you have the unique opportunity to be there when the fascinating sailing ships, huge cruise ships and numerous smaller escort boats sail past on the Elbe along the city coast of Hamburg. Experience maritime goosebump-moments again in 2023.

Hafengeburtstag Einlaufparade
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HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY Tall Ship Parade - Reception

  • First highlight of the harbour birthday
  • The official greeting of the guest ships
  • View from the water
  • More than 300 vessels
HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY Tall Ship Parade - Reception
To offer
From 40.00 €*

Hamburg - the maritime gateway to the world

Screeching seagulls, big boats sailing by paired with the Nordic mentality - Hamburg exudes a unique martime city flair. Water plays an important role in Hamburg as a magical effect. Those who come to Hamburg visit the harbor, the Speicherstadt, the Alster or the Elbstrand. There is much to discover here!



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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

* Importan Note: For bookings until 31.03.2023. Musical and theatre tickets excluded.

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