Hamburg Port Festival 2012

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Hamburg Port Festival 2012
Hamburg Port Festival 2012

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The Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) Port Festival takes place annually in Hamburg, Germany. It is usually held in the first half of the month of May ans attracts more than a million visitors from around the world. The festival is a family-friendly event that celebrates the harbor, which is more than 800 years old. The Hamburg Port Festival is the largest port festival anywhere in the world. Over the course of three days, there are always plenty of attractions to take part in on the water, on land and by air. One of the biggest highlights each year is the largest and most luxurious sailing vessels that take part in the festivities.

History of The Port Festival

The Hamburg Port Festival began in 1189 when the emperor Frederick Barbarossa first issued a charter to Hamburg merchants in May of that year. The charter granted freedom from customs duties for ships sailing from the Elbe to the North Sea. Since then, the festival has taken place every year.

Hamburg Port Festival 2012

At the Hamburg Port Festival 2012, there were many exciting attractions and fun events for the locals as well as tourists. Most of the traditional elements of the festival took place on Saturday, with the Tugboat Ballet and the massive water program that is put on. The program can be seen from multiple locations around the harbor and featured more than 300 vessels on the water. Many of these vessels were specialty ships, including sports vessels, naval vessels and museum ships. Many of these ships also allow visitors during the festival so that people can learn more about the ships and how they are used.

2012 Highlights

A big event that took place at the festival this year was the christening of AIDAmar, the ninth boat in AIDA Cruises' fleet. The christening was a special event with the ship's three sister ships escorting it to the christening. The night ended with a fabulous fireworks show that stunned and pleased the crowd.

The Hamburg Port Festival also features a partner country each year. For 2012, the partner country was India. Located next to the Fish Auction Hall, the partner country featured a variety of activities dealing with Indian culture and provided visitors with information on the country's culture, cuisine and ways to travel to India.

Each year the Hamburg Port Festival provides information, entertainment and a great way to celebrate Hamburg's cultural history as it relates to the sea.



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