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 families.
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 shown.
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.
Try and find a hotel room right beside the port of Hamburg so that you stay close to the Hafengeburtstag Hamburg festival venues.
The celebrations take place around Landungsbrücken, in the Speicherstadt warehouse district, the new HafenCity district, at the Fish Market and Oevelgönne Museum Harbour.
In Hamburg, take the S-Bahn (S1 and S3) to Landungsbrücken station or the U-Bahn (U3) to Baumwall or Landungsbrücken station.