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Hamburg Port Anniversary

World' s greatest harbour fair

The HAFENGEBURTSTAG HAMBURG will take place, subject to pandemic developments, from 16-18 September 2022 in the usual form!

Special highlights are the breathtaking fireworks, ship parades as well as the one-of-a-kind “Schlepperballet” - choreographed water ballet for tugboats set to music!

Close-up experience of the fascination of seafaring

The stars of the Hamburg Port Anniversary were ships and boats – some 300 vessels, with a stunning display ranging from traditional to contemporary, with a maritime diversity that is unique in Europe. They included magnificent tall ships such as the Kruzenshtern, the Mir, the Sedov, the Alexander von Humboldt II, and lovingly restored museum ships. All of them invited visitors on board, as did working vessels and naval units. These open-ship events were very popular with adults and children, and 70,000 visitors took the opportunity to take a look at life onboard for themselves. Hamburg’s new Branddirektor Westphal, the most advanced firefighting vessel in Europe, was on show at the Hamburg Port Anniversary. The Energy Observer, a high-tech catamaran from France, was another big attraction – she is currently sailing round the world as an ambassador for climate protection, and is powered by renewable energies such as wind, solar and hydrogen.

The AIDA fireworks for the Hamburg Port Anniversary

A special highlight of the Hamburg Port Anniversary is the yearly fireworks, which take place so close to the Elbe that the river is even more breathtaking and fascinating. To have a good view of the fireworks during the Hamburg Port Anniversary, it’s imperative to get there early. Although there are many good spots around the harbour and Elbe to watch, almost nobody wants to miss the spectacular fireworks on Saturday evening. The focus of the spectacle is the Bunte Hafenmeile (‘harbour mile’) along the jetty. This is the perfect place to be if you want to enjoy the centre of the action. The culinary treats, concerts and attractions tempt you to feast as well as stroll around. If you prefer having things calmer, the Fischmarkt area or somewhat down the Elbe is just right. Another alternative is watching the colourful action from the water.

Information for the Hamburg Port Anniversary 2022

The Hafengeburtstag Hamburg will take place, subject to pandemic development, from September 16-18, 2022.

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Hafengeburtstag Auslaufparade
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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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AIDA Feuerwerk Hafengeburtstag
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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
Bunte Hafenmeile Hafengeburtstag
© Hamburg Messe und Congress / Romanus Fuhrmann

Framework program with music, food and stands Bunte Hafenmeile

Between Landungsbrücken and Baumwall, a colourful hustle and bustle awaits you again this year as part of the harbour birthday celebrations. The Bunte Hafenmeile offers musical stage acts, delicious food and colourful rides.

Bunte Hafenmeile
Das Schlepperballett
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Dance of the tugboats on the Elbe The Tugboat Ballet

The tugboat ballet at the Hamburg Port Anniversary is a unique and impressive show.

The Tugboat Ballet

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