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Hafengeburtstag 2018, the Maritime Festival of May in Hamburg


Hafengeburtstag 2017

DATA: 10 - 13 May
PLACE: Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is a truly fascinating and evocative city. Walking through the streets of the city, it is evident, even to the eye of the most distracted visitor, that water is the predominant element. And it is certainly not by chance that, here, the most important port in Germany is found.

This year, during the second weekend of May, the city dresses up to celebrate the anniversary of the Port. Hafengeburtstag is the most important maritime festival in the world. The celebrations take place in the Landungsbrücken area, in the Speicherstadt warehouse district, and along the new HafenCity district.

The festival originates in the distant 1189. The emperor Federico Barbarossa granted, with a special card, freedom from customs duties for all the ships that crossed the Elbe, from Hamburg to the North Sea. Since then, the date has remained indelibly carved into memory. Hence the birth of the Hafengeburtstag. It was, however, only at the end of the 70 years that the Festa took on its current connotation.

This year, the 829 anniversary of the Port is celebrated. The Hafengeburtstag 2018 really promises to make your mark with truly unique events, shows and activities. You can admire luxury cruise ships, historical ships, military ships. And, again, incredible boats, luxury yachts, tugboats and more. The Maritime Festival is, by now, a reference in the world scene. During the 2016 edition, the number of visitors has exceeded one million!



Hamburg Sea Festival

Hamburg is well connected with the whole world, thanks to the presence of the international airport, not far from the center. Moreover, the airport is well connected to the city by an efficient public transport service. All info and direct links, they are available through our official section.

From the center, to reach the port, you can use the excellent metropolitan service. Just take the S-Bahn (S1 and S3 lines) or the U-Bahn (U1), and get off at the stop Landungsbrücken.


Four days of pure fun and entertainment for everyone. The list of maritime attractions, and land, is really impressive. Below, absolutely unmissable events.


The two large opening and closing parades are not to be missed. Thursday 10 May, at 16: 30 approximately, the opening parade of the Hafengeburtstag 2018. Sunday 13, at the 18: 00, the closing parade. About 300 boats present. At the Parade of arrival, the boats will be greeted with the traditional greeting.

The official beginning of the event is represented by the international ecumenical mass. It takes place in the beautiful Church of St. Michaelis, near the port. Appointment at 14: 30 in point. It starts with the motto "Land in Sicht", that is, "Terrà in vista".


About 350 stands are ready to delight you, along the banks of the Elbe river, with gastronomic specialties from around the world. Maritime markets, activities and workshops, spaces for children, rides and much more. In addition, there will be lots of live music and FREE concerts ready to entertain you. The performances range from pop, to rock and even heavy metal! The whole promenade turns into a huge and huge party. Fun is guaranteed.

Appointment Thursday, from 10: 00 to 22: 00. Friday and Saturday, from 10: 00 to 24: 00. Sunday, from 10: 00 to 21: 00.


Hamburg Maritime Festival

From the majestic Kruzenshtern, Mir, Sedov and Alexander von Humboldt II, to carefully restored museum ships, such as the Elbe and Holland sea tugs and the Borkumriff lighthouse. And, again, the Augusta frigate, the service ships of the inland waterway police, firefighters, customs and other authorities and institutions. You will be welcomed on board, to visit these fantastic boats. You will also have the opportunity to watch the parades on some barges and ships live. Really impressive.

AIDA cruises, sponsor of the event, will be present with 3 cruise ships, docked at the Port of Hamburg. The highlight will be the fireworks display on Saturday 12 at 21: 45. The AIDAperla will shine, beautifully illuminated.

Then there will be excitement with dragon boat races and sailing regattas at Grasbrookhafen.


Special appointment with the partner country of Hafengeburtstag 2018. This year, it will be up to South Africa to pick up the legacy of the French Nantes, protagonist of the last edition. After the presentation at Kehrwiederspitze, you will be able to taste the typical specialties among the stands present. Typical national dishes such as ostrich burgers and the famous biltong, that is, dried and seasoned meat await you; all this, washed down with wine and local beers.

A colorful and creative program, where visitors can approach the African culture, and perhaps dream of spending the next holiday in this wonderful country!


Staying in the port area could be particularly problematic, booking close to the event. Quite limited availability, and really high prices. We recommend extending your search to the whole of Hamburg, considering the particular efficiency of local public transport. Our advice is to find a structure near the bus stops. Through this link, You can search for the best hotels in Hamburg at the best price.

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