Festivals in Hamburg

Publish Time:2018-07-06 11:21:00Source:Hamburg Tourism Bureau

【Introduction】:Every year, Hamburg has different kinds of festival, let s take a look at the most popular festivals in Hamburg.

Hamburg's Port Birthday

Each year on May the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg celebrates the birthday of its port. More than a million domestic and foreign visitors come annually to the maritime people's festival of superlatives and let themselves be inspired in the heart of Hamburg by the ships from all over the world. It has been considered to be the biggest port festival in the world. The festival begins with Grand Arrival Parade.Several stages are set up from Speicherstadt to Sankt Pauli. All kind of performances will be provided in other locations during the three days. The cruise competition, AIDA Cruise fireworks, and Schlepperballett are the highlights. The festival ends with Grand departure parade on Sunday.



Hamburg is proud of its Alster Lake and celebrates its Alstervergnuegen every year. During the four day summer festival, there are all kinds of snacks as well as street plays, music performance and sports in the Jungfernstieg and Alster bank. You can drink ice coffee, eat some ice cream, and watch the firework show every night, which makes Alster Lake more charming than ever.


Christmas Market

Three exclamations are made every day on the Hamburg Rathaus Square during Christmas, as Santa Claus is sitting on his sleigh and passing over people's heads. The Christmas Market at Hamburg Rathaus Square is not the only famous Christmas market in Hamburg. Everyone can find their favorite Christmas gift in different Christmas markets, spread over 15 different regions. Visitors can buy typical German goods such as handicrafts, biscuits, Christmas decorations, etc., at the booths. The locals can also enjoy Christmas with wine, children’s punch wine, fried sausages, fried pasta and fish cakes. Many Christmas markets are convenient to get to. It is a great place to take a walk at night, as well as an ideal place to take a glimpse of the German Christmas culture and atmosphere.

Hamburg Ballet Festival

Under the leadership of the famous choreographer John Neumeier, the Hamburg Ballet provides viewers with incredible performances every season. At the Hamburgische Staatsoper, performances include new historical stories and fairytale ballet dances, in addition to many of Shakespeare's classic, and adaptations of symphonic and sacred music. The highlight and end of the season is the annual Hamburg Ballet Festival.


Hamburg Dom

Hamburg DOM is the biggest public festival in Northern Germany. It has been held three times a year since 1948 in Sankt Pauli, and attracts 11 million tourists every year. The air is filled with the aroma of roasted almond and oven-fresh desserts and you can enjoy all kinds of food, from corn on the cob, hash browns, fried and roast sausages to preserved fruit and waffles, which is sold along the facilities like roller coasters and merry-go-rounds. During the DOM festival, Heiligengeistfeld becomes a recreational paradise for people of all ages.


The Fish Market

A legend and a must-see for all visitors to Hamburg: Since 1703, pretty much everything that is not bolted down has been traded here at Hamburg's most traditional market. From dusty porcelain jugs to a chirpy family of ducks, you can find just about anything in the shadow of the 100-year old fish auction hall.

Address: St. Pauli Fischmarkt 2, 20359 Hamburg


Every Sunday 5.00am – 9.30 a.m.

In winter (November to March) 7.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.

In summer (April to October) 5.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.


Hamburg Cruise Days

After a unique Port Birthday with impressive cruise ships and the spectacular christening of the "Mein Schiff 3". During the Hamburg Cruise Days, impressive cruise ship giants and other ships can be admired from up close. Visitors can look forward to three days filled with maritime atmosphere, sensual delights and entertainment. Culinary delicacies, parades of departing ships and fireworks are just a few reasons why the Cruise Days will be a unique spectacle. You can experience the thrill ship enthusiasts, including food, wellness and entertainment areas. Also the different shipping companies are going to present themselves by holding exciting programs and exhibitions.


Hamburg Harley Days

The location in the middle of Hamburg makes Harley Days the only Harley convention in the world, which can take place in the middle of a city every June. Nothing could be more Harley, more Hamburg, and more birthday celebration on a single weekend, and so the Harley party of the year is already almost an obligation for genuine motorcycle fans!


Elbjazz Festival

Around 50 concerts and various venues usually with no stage - including the Blohm + Voss shipyard - make the festival a unique live experience. Music is played in the open air and indoors. The barges which transport visitors between the individual venues underline the maritime atmosphere. ELBJAZZ presents a variety of national and international artists who play different styles of jazz. The program is characterized by a blend of stars and exciting newcomers: Let yourself go, be surprised and delighted - ELBJAZZ stands for movement, curiosity and discovery.

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