Top Choice Sailing in Kiel

Kieler Woche

Kiel’s biggest annual event is the giant week-long Kieler Woche. Revolving around a series of yachting regattas, it’s attended by more than 4000 of the world’s sailing elite and half a million spectators. Even if yo…
Music in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Reeperbahn Festival

This happening live-music celebration in September covers every musical genre imaginable and fills St Pauli's venues (from seedy nightclubs to churches!) with crowds and quality performances. In 2018, some events we…
Parade in St Pauli & Reeperbahn


St Pauli is taken over in mid-July by a typically extravagant street parade. Everyone dresses up in a rather fun 1970s fashion to celebrate German-language disco pop songs. It takes places across the neighbourhood f…
Cultural in Hamburg


The city's biggest annual event is this three-day gala. It commemorates Emperor Barbarossa granting Hamburg customs exemption and is energetically celebrated with harbourside concerts, funfairs and gallons of beer. …
Street Carnival in Hamburg

Neighbourhood Street Festivals

Spring is the time for local street festivals, when streets are closed off, food trucks converge, live music takes to the stage and there are sometimes flea markets. It begins with the Osterstrasse Street Festival i…
Music in Speicherstadt & HafenCity


Run over just two or three days at the beginning of June, this small jazz festival has been going since 2010 (although it missed a year in 2016). Its future seems to have been secured with the movement to the showpi…
Street Carnival in Altona & Elbmeile


Altona is a wonderful place to be in the first half of July when this street festival runs for almost three weeks. Expect terrific food as well as live performances (including music, dance and theatre) and street ar…
Carnival in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Hamburger Dom

Established in 1329, the month-long Hamburger Dom is held three times a year and is one of Europe's largest and oldest funfairs. This colourful carnival takes place on Heiligengeistfeld, between St Pauli and Schanze…
Music in Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

Leading international musicians and promising young artists perform during this festival, in castles, churches, warehouses and animal barns throughout Germany’s northernmost state. Held from mid-July until August.
Christmas Market in Hamburg

Christmas Markets

From late November, numerous Christmas markets spring up all over the city. It's difficult to miss them, with examples on the Jungfernstieg waterfront, Altstadt, Hamburg and St Pauli.