Hamburg is celebrating its 'Waterkant', and the whole world celebrates with it. The Blue Port will throw the Elbphilharmonie, nine cruise liners and two river cruise ships into vivid light. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected along the Landungsbrücken landing stages and in the HafenCity district.
Cruise liners – the swaying behemoths are a familiar sight to many of the people of Hamburg: quietly and unhurriedly, they glide past office windows in the Große Elbstraße. They blow their sirens in time with Aale-Dieter's sales patter as he cries his wares in the fish market, or present local residents with gaudy firework displays. But never before have so many ships dropped anchor here for the Hamburg Cruise Days. From 8 to 10 September, nine cruise liners, two river cruise ships and escort vessels are expected at the port.
We want to join with you to “collect boats”: take photos of Hamburg's water vessels – sailing yachts, rafts, dinghies – and post your pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #boatsofhamburgahoi. (We'll display the best ones in a gallery.)
Highlights of Hamburg Cruise Days 2017
Hamburg Cruise Night: On Friday, artists and musicians open the Cruise Days weekend on city squares and stages between the HafenCity and the Cruise Center Altona.
Dine and dance on Hamburg's supply tenders: We put the city's floating restaurants and clubs on display – find the article here.
Silversea Cruises firework display: From approx. 10.15 pm onwards, the ships and all visitors will be welcomed with a grand firework display.
Blue Port: Light artist Michael Batz's installation of more than 20,000 light elements casts a radiance over the port from 1 to 10 September.
Hamburg Cruise Days parade: The traditional climax on Saturday evening, accompanied by a grand firework display.
Art & Culture at the Holzhafen nature reserve: Musicians and poetry slammers present their skills.
Mediterranean MSC Cruises Terraces: A captive balloon at the Landungsbrücken landing stages affords a unique view across the whole dock.
Captain's Dinner in the Sky: Hapag Lloyd promises a unique dinner 50 metres above the River Elbe for 69 euros per person.
Elbphilharmonie Plaza: A unique view from Hamburg's new landmark.
Ship radar: www.hamburg-tourism.de
The port isn't just a good place for an excursion – people work and live there. They include the hard-working boatmen with their port supply vessels, that take food to the big cargo ships, and the creative free spirits whose chosen refuge is the embankments of the canals that flow through the city. hamburg ahoi met members of this increasingly diverse water community and tells their stories.