PORT BIRTHDAY HAMBURG 2021 had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic so that, unfortunately, no audience-relevant program can occur at the port this year.
The FHH’s Department of Economics and Innovation will be organising a digital HAFENGEBURTSTAG @HOME in cooperation with hamburg.de.
From 7th to 9th May 2021, the PORT BIRTHDAY HAMBURG will come to life virtually.
The HAFENGEBURTSTAG @HOME is intended to show Hamburgers and tourists from all over the world the fascination of the Port of Hamburg with all its facets and, as a targeted impulse, highlight the attractiveness of Hamburg as a tourist metropolis for the time after the pandemic.
Port Birthday – Hafengeburtstag Hamburg
Considered the world’s most fantastic port festival, Hafengeburtstag takes place on the second weekend in May.
It was a celebration of the founding of the port back in 1189.
Emperor Frederick Barbarossa issued a charter granting freedom from customs duties for all ships sailing on the Elbe from Hamburg to the North Sea.
On this special anniversary, the bustling port offers a maritime program to suit all the family.
Over 300 ships from different parts of the world come to Hafengeburtstag Hamburg for the celebrations, and many of them welcome visitors aboard.
About the festival
Luxury cruise ships, historic tall ships, navy ships, museum vessels, waterway police ships, tug boats and sleek yachts will be on show.
Hafengeburtstag Hamburg offers a complete program of fun and engaging activities on land and water:
- Tugboat Ballet
- Search and Rescue exercises
- Dragon boat races
- Sailing regattas
- Cruises for kids
- Festival Promenade
- Amusement rides
- Special museum exhibitions
- Live music featuring many genres all free of charge
The Port of Hamburg and surrounding districts are great to visit any time of the year, but a visit during the three days of the Hafengeburtstag festivities is something extra special.