To celebrate the Hamburg Port Festival this May, a group of  ‘travel enthusiasts’ will gather from around the world for 2 days to take part in the 825th edition of the Festival.    For those of you unfamiliar with the festival, it is during the weekend of May 9-11 and is full of events around the city including the opening and closing fleet parades that take place on the river, firework shows, concerts, etc.

To get things started, the Parade of Ships will open the Festival at 4p on Friday at 4:00p where visitors can take in a wide variety of ships, from ancient tall ships to modern day cruise liners.   During this opening parade, Lufthansa’s Junkers Ju52 will do a flyer-over of the procession as the event gets underway.  I’ll be on that flight along with the winner of the Jason Dahl Scholarship fundraiser that was held earlier this year.


Lufthansa's Junkers Ju52 flies over the River Elbe during the Hamburg Port Festival

Lufthansa’s Junkers Ju52 flies over the River Elbe during the Hamburg Port Festival


The ‘DO’ will have a decidedly aviation-based theme (would you expect anything different?) and includes private tours of Airbus’ facility in Finkenwerder, an evening dinner cruise on the River Elbe complete with Fireworks Show and an exclusive  tour of Lufthansa Technik.

Here is the itinerary for the weekend……


Saturday, May 10:

11:00a – 1:00p:  Airbus Tour in Finkenwerder where we will see the A320 assembly line as well as the A380 finish line.

The afternoon is open for you to explore Hamburg and take in the Festival.   However, several of us are planning on going to Miniatur Wunderland to see the world’s biggest smallest airport.

7:00p – 11:30p: Enjoy dinner aboard a sailing yacht as we make our way down the River Elbe and take in the fireworks show during the evening.


Sunday, May 11:

10:00a – 1:00p:  We will be given an exclusive ‘off the menu’ tour of Lufthansa’s Technik Facility.   This is Lufthansa’s largest maintenance hub and we’ll have access to the VIP Hangar, overhaul shops and main hangar.


Lufthansa's Technik facilities in Hamurg

Lufthansa’s Technik facilities in Hamurg



The ‘DO’ is built on an a-la-carte basis,  attendees can choose and pay for which events they wish to attend.   As of now there are still a few openings left for each of the events but I expect that we’ll reach full capacity in the next week or so.

To learn more about the events including pricing and sign up information, please visit the dedicated thread on FlyerTalk.  You can also email me or leave a comment if you have any questions or need more info.

A big H/T to FlyerTalk’s Oliver2002 for putting together this event!