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© Hamburg Messe und Congress / Nicolas Maack
© Hamburg Messe und Congress / Nicolas Maack
© Hamburg Messe und Congress / Nicolas Maack

Elbe in Concert

Spectacular birthday show with 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. This year, the birthday fireworks will take place on Friday, 10 May 2024. A special feast for the eyes that you should not miss.

Immerse yourself in the pulsating heart of the Port of Hamburg and experience a truly unique highlight at the upcoming harbour birthday! Just imagine: The main stage does not float on solid ground, but gently on the waves of the majestic Elbe. A gigantic floating stage awaits you in front of the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, turning the water into a stage and the sky into a backdrop.

At the 835th Hamburg Harbour Birthday 2024, you will witness two evening shows in a class of their own that will take your breath away. Music shows with breathtaking light shows like you've never seen before at the harbour birthday. The FAIRPLAY TOWAGE GROUP stage has become the setting for live performances by stars such as Scooter, DJ Alle Farben and the musical stars from Stage Entertainment.

Elbe in Concert - the spectacular birthday show with fireworks

On Friday evening, the Elbe shone in a magical light as Hamburg's musical stars whisk you away into a world full of emotion. From classics such as ‘The Lion King’ to new hits such as ‘& Julia’ with songs by Bon Jovi and Katy Perry - here you could experience the magic of Disney and Broadway up close. Accompanied by the Hamburg Goldkehlchen and a breathtaking fireworks display, this evening was an unforgettable experience for the senses.

Magical light illumination and music show by AIDA Cruises

On Saturday evening, AIDA Cruises set another highlight with a spectacular light show on the AIDAprima. The globally successful DJ Alle Farben provided the perfect soundtrack from the floating stage, while a fascinating drone show transformed the sky above the Elbe into a veritable sea of colour.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the Port of Hamburg in all its glory next year from 9 to 11 May 2025! The Hamburg Harbour Birthday 2025 also promises to be a maritime festival of superlatives that you will remember for a long time to come. Preparations are already in full swing. And for all those who already know that they won't be able to be there, media partner NDR will be broadcasting the programme live on television. Be there in 2025 and immerse yourself in a world full of music, light and unforgettable moments!

Anyone who wants to enjoy a good view of the Big Fireworks during the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY should not be late. There are many great places around the harbour and the Elbe, but the spectacular fireworks on friday evening are a very popular attraction.

The main attraction is the colourful Hafenmeile along the Landungsbrücken. This is the right place if you want to find yourself right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. With its many delicious snacks, concerts and attractions, the Hafenmeile also invites you to indulge in feasting and strolling.  If you prefer it a little quieter, then the Fischmarkt or the Elbe is the right place for you. Alternatively, you can also watch the colourful spectacle from the water. A special kind of light spectacle in the heart of Hamburg.

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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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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
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The Tall Ship Parade on Friday
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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

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