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Party of the Year – Hamburg’s Port Birthday

So guess what tomorrow is guys!? …It just so happens to be the greatest harbour festival IN THE WORLD, right here in Hamburg! Yes, that’s right, this weekend over a million visitors will flock to the harbour to celebrate 825th birthday of the Port. Personally, I can’t wait to see the birthday cake that fits 825 candles (*this may not be an actual event), but there are a TONNE of other exciting activities to keep you entertained this weekend as well!

It would take me about a month to list all the events for the festival, they are endless! But you can find the complete programme here.

As usual, I aim to write about the more eclectic, alternative and fun aspects of Hamburg that aren’t covered by the major tourism websites. Here are my top 4 events for the Harbour Festival:

1. HAFENROCK!

A mini music festival on the harbour, and it’s free!There are three stages to choose from, spanning genres from reggae, folk, punk, ska, rock, jazz and gypsy swing. Check out their website for full listings.

2. Rustic Fishermans Village @ StrandPauli

Fisherman’s cottages, delicious traditional food and live music will take over the ‘beachfront’ at StrandPauli Beach Bar from 10am til midnight, Friday – Sunday.

3. Harbour Fun

So, while this isn’t a single event, I suggest you spend some time admiring the incredbly beautiful and diverse ships and boats on the harbour for the festival.Vessels come from all around the wolrd to join in this celebration, so there is plenty to feast your eye upon! At 7pm on Friday there is also a water-skiing show on the harbour!

4. Buenos Aires Argentinian Festival at Kehrwiederspitze

Think Argentinian style BBQs, wine, music and dancing.

5. Fireworks!

Who doesn’t love fireworks. Silly colourful explosions in our sky… humans are so crazy. Enjoy the spectacle on Saturday night at 10.30pm.

 

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Rainbow Fountains and Fields of Flowers

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to love Planten un Blomen already for its 47 hectares of sprawling gardens, lush grass, public sunbathing chairs and colourful array of blooming flowers, now the Summer Programme has begun too!

From public orchestra performances, guided walks, workshops, pop concerts and of course, the famous Wasserlichtspiele (water light show), you can find the entire programme here.

I went to see the water light show the other night, and I was extremely impressed. Take a little picnic dinner and some drinks, and set yourself up in front of the Great Lake at about 9.30pm. The show starts at 10pm every night, but it can get quite crowded!

The show is controlled by two artists, who sync the display to an amplified soundtrack. One controls the water jets while the other controls the extravagant lighting system. The theme of the music changes over the course of the summer as well.

It’s free, it’s romantic, it’s beautiful and awe-inspiring; a definite must see while in Hamburg.

 

Emergenza Rock Festival at KNUST!

Spanning 824 clubs in 34 different countries, showcasing over 30,000 bands, it’s no wonder that Emergenza Rock Festival is the world’s biggest festival for unsigned bands!

For the past 16 years, the Knust music club in St Pauli has set up stage for the Hamburg branch of the festival. Over the next week numerous unsigned bands will battle it out on stage to win the crowds vote in the hope of moving on to the regional finals.

Check out the program on the Knust website and head over to St Pauli to support our amazing local talent.

*Photo courtesy of Maria Mitrofanova, used under Creative Commons

 

Hamburg’s Easter Bonfires

If you’ve been wandering around Hamburg lately you may have noticed the trees flourishing with new life. Wee baby leaves are sprouting from the tips of stark winter branches as various hues of green begin to soften the urban landscape of Hamburg. The days are getting longer, the parks are filling with people… Spring has arrived!

In the leafy residential area of St Pauli where I live, and all across the city, you will see gaily coloured eggshell ornaments tied to shrubs and bushes with ribbon reminding us that Easter is just around the corner!

If you find yourself in Hamburg this Easter weekend there are many events on to keep you occupied, most exciting of which is the traditional Osterfeuer (Easter Fire)! On Saturday the 19th of April, Hamburg will alight with celebratory bonfires. Originally a pagan tradition to celebrate the coming of spring and demise of winter, the Osterfeuer was later continued by Christians. Luckily for you, religious or not, this means massive Easter Saturday bonfires all across the city!

There are numerous Osterfeuer organised across Hamburg, you can find full listings of events over at Ganz-Hamburg. Many of the bonfires have live music, drinks and food vendors. My hot tip is to head to Blankenese for a beachfront bonfire… Ah spring time in Hamburg.

The Easter weekend also marks the end of the springtime DOM carnival. If you haven’t already got stuck into some fire roasted Bratwurst, sipped a cold beer while enjoying 360 degree views of the city in the SkyBar or tried your hand at shooting ducks in hope of winning an oversized plush elephant… Then get yourself down to DOM this weekend before it all wraps up. It will be closed for Good Friday, but otherwise open until Easter Monday.

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