Chances are you won’t have been to a harbour’s birthday party before, and if you have it won’t have been as epic as this one. Hamburg Port’s anniversary gets the whole city on its feet and celebrating, with plenty to see and do over the weekend.
The port’s 825th celebrations take place on the 4km “harbour mile” along the River Elbe, with over 500 exhibits on show from 10am until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and until 9pm on Sunday. There will be lots to do, with live music and entertainment to enjoy all over the city, as well as a funfair and the many boats that will be on display.
After the international ecumenical service at the church of St. Michaelis on Friday at 2pm, the whole thing kicks off in spectacular style with the Grand Arrival Parade at 4pm. More than 300 boats are involved in this flotilla of ships, and it’s an amazing sight to behold, with tall majestic ships, luxury cruise vessels and everything in between. If you would like to see more you can take advantage of the Open Ship programme over the course of the weekend, with many ships inviting spectators to come aboard and take a look inside.
Chances are you also won’t have seen boats dancing before. Well, on Saturday evening you can see exactly that during the tugboat ballet, which involves eight tugboats performing choreographed movements to music. And that’s not all Saturday night has to offer – stick around for a stunning firework display at 10:30pm. The explosion of light and colour looks amazing over the harbour.
On Sunday the fun continues, with the Grand Departure Parade at 5pm to close the weekend – another great spectacle as the hundreds of ships are showcased one last time.
There will be plenty of culinary treats to sample, but if you are looking for somewhere to sit and relax for a while, try Watergate, which has an extensive menu of tasty food and drink, and is right beside the river so you won’t miss anything.