Events at the waterside

Festivals, concerts, book readings, parties, masquerade balls, live concert screenings, and poetry slams in the open air – and all of this against the unique backdrop of the Elbe River. At Hamburg’s waterside, a multitude of exciting events and activities ensures a continuous flow of inspiration. And there is one thing for sure: this flow of inspiration is far from ebbing away. Because at Hamburg’s urban shore, people get together as a community. Whether it is at the MS Dockville, the Elbjazz Festival, the Elbfest, the popular Port Anniversary festival or the concert screenings of the Elbphilharmonie: this is where people of all ages get together to celebrate and enjoy the unique energy of Hamburg’s event scene. 

Culture at the waterside

Offering a broad range of experiences, Hamburg’s urban shore reflects the city’s cultural diversity and exudes a maritime flair that draws on Hamburg’s long history as a trading and port city. Hamburg’s urban shore offers a wealth of activities, ranging from a visit to the Elbphilharmonie’s Plaza and coffee tasting sessions in the historic Speicherstadt to open-air tango lessons and live gigs on a reefer ship of the former GDR’s high-sea fishing fleet. Hamburg offers an unparalleled range of cultural highlights that continues to increase.


Visit the most beautiful places along the Elbe from home.

Life at the waterside

An exceptional summer straight out of the picture book. This is despite the fact that many places in Northern Germany have a completely different reputation in other parts of the country. “It rains for one half of the year and the rest of the time the weather is just bad” – many would agree with this old saying. However, this year’s temperatures have drawn all of Hamburg to the city’s shores. The River Elbe entices people out thanks to its refreshing breaths of wind and it offers both adventure and recreation, making the heat more tolerable. 

Maritime big city flair

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