Hafengeburtstag Hamburg - 2008

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World's biggest Port Festival

Date: 09.05.2008 - 12.05.2008 

City: Hamburg - information about city

Holder: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH

Topic: Automobiles, Storage, Transport, Logistics and Transportation




Venue: Hamburg Messe und Congress.

Aquatic events are at the heart of the port of Hamburg's birthday celebrations. On the River Elbe from the historic harbour of Ovelgonne right along the landing stages (Landungsbrucken) to the Speicherstadt / Hafen City. The programme is explained in detail by the master of ceremonies together with various interviewees.

Traditional highlights include:

  • Parade of tall ships, traditional ships and sport boats as they sail into and out of the harbour
  • Tugboat ballet
  • Dragon boat racing
  • Harbour illuminations

Birthday celebrations centre around land events along the "harbour promenade" from the warehouses of the Speicherstadt (Kehrwiederspitze) to the fish auction hall with approx. 500 fair stands, artistic and culinary delights, shows and entertainment.

Countless stages, some of them featuring radio stations, events for children, young people and families, as well as museum specials (exhibitions, guided tours, etc.) round off the programme with a cultural flourish.

Further traditional highlights include:

  • Inaugural church service
  • Craft fair
  • Lotto Action Zone
  • Games and entertainment promenade

The aerial events centre on:

  • Hot-air balloon rides
  • Helicopter tours
  • Parachuting
  • Live helicopter rescue operations
  • Live Lufthansa cockpit interviews

Exhibition Sections:

  • Ships
  • Navigation
  • Shipbuilding
  • Yachts
  • Boats

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