Hafengeburtstag, the big port festival in Hamburg

10 – 13 May 2018

Considered the world’s greatest port festival, Hafengeburtstag (port anniversary) takes place this year on the second weekend in May.
This year marks the 829th anniversary of the Hamburg port. It’s 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 head to Hamburg for the celebrations and many of them welcome visitors aboard.

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