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Why you should rent a bus with us for Hamburg Port Anniversary 2024

At Irro Charter, you can easily rent a bus with driver for the Hamburg Port Anniversary 2024; or let us plan your desired tour. Since 1972 our family-run company offers the highest quality in Long-Distance Coaches, Midi-Buses or Mini-Buses, as well as good service.
Our professional drivers together with drivers of quaified bus partners are at your service and ensure a safe tour.

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  1. Submit your Bus Charter inquiry using our quote form.
  2. Within three working days, you will receive an individual quote our tour Bus Charter Experts.
  3. Do you have any concerns about your charter bus rental quote? Our Bus Charter Experts are available to assist you.
  4. We will send you your bus rental confirmation and invoice documents after we receive your confirmation.
  5. In the interim between your coach hire confirmation and the start of the bus service, we will contact you on a regular basis to prepare the tour bus according to your itinerary.
  6. Our dispatch team provides you with all necessary driver and vehicle information one day prior to the service.
  7. Our Operations Team is available 24/7 during your van rental service.



Coach hire and bus charter for Hamburg port Anniversary 2024 - Everything is possible!
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Irro Charter is happy to welcome you and your group between 9th and 12th of May 2024 in Hamburg. Our European Bus Charter Service has helped groups from all over the world with perfect organization and professional service in Hamburg during the big Port Anniversary. Request our Bus Service for corporate as well as private services, such as famous needs like Business Travel, Events, Incentives, and more.

We offer both standard and luxury coaches and have a wide range of different coach sizes for hire - from 8-16 seater minibuses to 32-64 seater coaches.

Regardless of the length of your trip or type of rental, our Bus Charter team will deliver the quality, reliability, and first-class service you expect.

We understand that you are expecting a professional service from your bus company. This is the reason why we ensure punctual, safe, and cost-efficient bus rental with polite and well-trained drivers.

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Visit the Hamburg Port Anniversary 2024 with Irro Charter

Every month of May, more than a million visitors celebrate the Hamburg Port Anniversary on the banks of the river Elbe.
This event commemorates the May of 1189 when Hamburg’s port became a tax free zone, and heralded the rise of Hamburg’s international prestige and opulence.


For this occasion, the port parts and facilities like The Speicherstadt depository & storage district, The splendid Elbphilharmonie concert hall, The great Landungsbrücken piers will all transform during the annual HAMBURG’S PORT ANNIVERSARY to a platform of jubilant festivities for 3 days of special fun. Highpoints customarily contain on the water side the arrival of around three hundred sea vessels (like; heritage ships, old-fashioned sailing yachts and modern voyage ships), and the yearly Tugboat Ballet show, and spectacular display of fireworks on the water. On the harbour shore line, people can indulge in a variety of food pleasures, and live music presentations on several platforms. The dates are set to be in May 2024.


Airport shuttles, Bus Company, and Tour bus by Irro Charter are proud to be the reliable transport for Hamburg Port anniversary’s’ visitors.
No matter where your group is located, our Bus Rental will punctually take care of your transfers in Hamburg to the festival locations, or hotels, and of course to the airport. There is the option to hire a Long Distance Coach with driver for a many days tour covering other cities in Germany, or cross to other countries.


View at the Elbe River in Hamburg on a sunny day

History of the Hamburger Port Anniversary

Folklore tales suggest this event dating back to the days under the rule of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa of the Roman-German Empire. On 7 May, 1189 the Emperor approved tax exclusion on trade for the Hamburg port zone. This grant quickly became the defining moment that triggered Hamburg’s rise to wealth and influence.
Along time, investment, and perfecting port operations efficiency, the small Hamburg town has advanced to become Europe’s second largest port city currently.


Therefore, with more than 830 years so far, the special date of 7th of May is always distinguished as the “birthdate” of Hamburg’s port. However, ever since 1977 anniversary, the festivities have grown to became a weekend-long on-shore, and off-shore commemorations, that includes great variety of culinary kiosks, live music shows, and boat pageants.
This arrangement of events has proven to be a great attraction for visitors, and resounding success for the port control Teams.
Today, Hamburg’s port “vast birthday bash weekend” is considered the single biggest port anniversary event in the world.


Our bus company Irro Charter can drive you on your trip with consistent charter bus or airport shuttle services. Your group will be happy to experience our modern bus fleet, experienced drivers and skilled contract office staff.


The Anniversay Events

Every anniversary weekend-period will consist of more than two hundred separate events with some on the river and some on the river banks, which actually structure the Hamburg's annual Port Anniversary celebrations.


Offshore Events

The on the water performances on the Elbe river are the most popular. Maritime processions like the Grand Arrival Parade, the Tugboat Ballet and the AIDA fireworks show are the top highlights.
Other maritime events consist of water parades of motored yachts, steamships and historic sailing ships, theatrical sea-rescue mission shows. There are also sporting events like sailing regattas, water skiing and dragon boat races. The official water establishments like the Waterways Police; Customs Police, the Federal water Police, the DGzRS lifesaving service, and the Fisheries Protection police also join with parading their vessels during the festival.


Onshore Events

Music varieties from choirs to heavy metal, There will certainly be a music genre on show covering all tastes on 10 different stages with performers rotating their acts during the festivities.
There will be a family festival for the children next to St. Michael's Church to keep the little ones entertained and happy. All around the port area you will find so many different kiosks with local and international cuisine on offer for your pleasure. During the festivities visitors can change scenery if they wish and check out many museums sprinkled midst the area of Speicherstadt UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Hafen-City area. For prompt travel, and avoiding all the road closures or traffic jams, Irro Charter with its Tour bus, bus Company, and Rental bus service will be your dependable choice to design your group’s travel around those busy days. With Irro Charter you can rest assured to attend as much as possible in a safe and comfortable manner.


The Anniversary Recommendations

The Anniversary festival is always full with exciting activities. Starting by the inaugural ceremony and the grand arrival procession to the amazing point by remarkable fireworks, and with many other choices not to be missed, please find the following suggestions of few events to make sure you enjoy at this festival:


Festival Promenade

The six-kilometre-long waterfront starting from HafenCity, to Landungsbrücken piers and ending at the St. Pauli fish markets will be packed with different variety of stands and podiums to enjoy. The Vendors will offer local cuisine, handicrafts and drinks to make the occasion feel very special. Ten live music stages and more entertaining will start the party early, but will keep the festivities all nights.


International Ecumenical Opening Service

The Port Anniversary Festival in keep with tradition will start the opening service on Friday at St. Michael's Church, complemented with performance by the shanty choir De Tampentrekker.


Grand Arrival Parade

The on water parade will feature flotillas of inspiring sailing yachts like the Alexander von Humboldt II, Kruzenshtern, Mir, Sedov and Cap San Diego special ships. Part of the participants will be authority’s vessels like the marine fire brigade and police boats that will all pass the water front by the Landungsbrücken piers.


Tugboat Ballet

Using their enormous power, water canons and their great maneuver ability, with classical music accompanies their movement, the Tugboat Ballet show is a must see spectacle. Please note that the water canons are quite strong and some water drizzle may lash at the audience.


AIDA Fireworks

The top highlight of this festival is the remarkable fireworks displays that illuminate the night skies over Hamburg’s port on Saturday evening. Cruise ships will join in beaming laser displays and horns. It is recommended for the best view points to be at the Landungsbrücken piers, or be on the water side in HafenCity area.


Grand Departure Parade

As a wonderful end to a great festival, the festival completes its processions by an impressive departure on water parade, at which the sailing yachts, tugboats and cruise liners pay their passionate farewells to the port, city, and of the course the audience. As a special delight, the most modern fire service ship in Europe “the Branddirektor Westphal” will be participating too.


Irro Charter’s tour bus company is primed with 48 years experience in the charter bus and airport shuttle bus marketplace, which you can simply enjoy of to have a great trip to Hamburg.
With our local tour bus depot ready, you can choose to book any modern bus size for your group needs. Bus Rental can serve your airport shuttle needs, city transfers by chartered bus, or a full day charter bus service for your group’s itinerary. We look for ward to your inquiry so we can make an offer that best suites your group in Hamburg.


Here you will find more about Hamburg’s port anniversary: www.hamburg.de/hafengeburtstag

What is special about Hamburg?
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Hamburg is an important North German port city, situated on the River Elbe between the federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, and linked to the North Sea through the River Elbe. The city is lined by hundreds of canals and has vast parks and green spaces. Hamburg has been a free city and a port of international significance since the days of the medieval Hanseatic League. Hamburg is a city state in the Federal Republic of Germany.
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FAQs about your bus charter tour to Hamburg.


At Irro Bus Charter in Hamburg, Germany, we only rent buses with drivers. It is not possible to hire only a coach. With your coach rental, you can enjoy the comfort and service of your own minibus and bus driver. It will significantly improve the enjoyment of your tour.

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Prices vary depending on your exakt travel plan in Hamburg, your group size and your itinerary. Irro Charter ensures the best possible rates for your Minibus charter. Due to the worldwide energy crisies, prices may vary but we promise a transparent pricing policy to our clients.

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Hamburg is a bustling and diverse city in Germany that offers visitors a variety of experiences, including culture, history, nightlife and nature. It is home to world-renowned attractions. It also boasts a rich cultural heritage, which can be explored through its museums, cultural institutions, and events. The city is also known for its lively nightlife, with the Reeperbahn district being a popular destination for entertainment. Additionally, Hamburg has a picturesque waterfront, with the Harbor and the Alster lake, which offer great views and opportunities for boating and other activities. Overall, Hamburg is a great destination for those who want to explore a city with a rich history, culture and lively atmosphere.

One of the most popular and typical dishes of Hamburg is the "Finkenwerder Scholle". This dish is a delicious and hearty fish dish that is sure to delight visitors to Hamburg.The Finkenwerder Scholle is made with plaice, a type of flatfish that is caught in the North Sea, which is then pan-fried and served with a variety of traditional accompaniments. The fish is buttery and flaky, with a delicate flavor that is complemented by the crispy breadcrumb coating. The dish is usually served with a side of sautéed potatoes, along with a side of seasonal vegetables.It is typically paired with a beer from Hamburg, such as the local brand, Astra, which is a light and refreshing beer that complements the dish perfectly.Visitors can find this dish in most of Hamburg's traditional German restaurants, and some seafood restaurants. It's a must-try dish that will give visitors a true taste of Hamburg's culinary heritage.

The best time to visit Hamburg depends on your personal preferences and what you would like to see and do in the city. However, here are some general guidelines on the best time to visit Hamburg:

Spring (April to June) is a great time to visit Hamburg, as the weather is mild, and the city is bursting with color and life. The parks and gardens are in full bloom, making it a great time to explore the city's green spaces.

Summer (July to August) is also a good time to visit Hamburg, as the weather is warm, and there are many outdoor events and festivals happening throughout the city.

Winter (November to March) can also be a good time to visit Hamburg, as the city is decorated for the holidays and there are several Christmas markets to visit. However, the weather can be cold and damp, so visitors should be prepared for the colder temperatures and potential rain.

Overall, Hamburg can be visited in any season, but it's worth considering the weather conditions and the events that are happening during the time you plan to visit. Hamburg is a city that offers a variety of experiences throughout the year, so you can choose the best time to visit depending on your preferences.

Hamburg is a city that offers a variety of activities and entertainment options for visitors at night time. Some options include:

Visiting the Reeperbahn, Hamburg's main nightlife district, which is home to a wide variety of bars, clubs, and music venues.

Attending a concert at the Elbphilharmonie, a world-renowned concert hall located in the HafenCity district, which hosts a wide variety of concerts, including classical music, jazz, and pop.

Visiting the Miniatur Wunderland, a model railway exhibit that is open until late, where visitors can see the miniature worlds in lights.

Enjoying a show at a theater, such as the Schmidt Theater or the Operettenhaus, which host a variety of productions, including musicals and comedy shows.

Enjoying a meal at one of Hamburg's many restaurants and trying local specialties such as Finkenwerder Scholle.

Taking a boat tour of the harbor and enjoying the views of the city at night.

Enjoying a drink at one of Hamburg's rooftop bars and enjoying the views of the city.

All in all, Hamburg offers a variety of options for entertainment and activities at night time, including music, theater, dining, and sightseeing.

There are a variety of sizes and types of buses available for bus charter Hamburg. The sizes of buses range from minibuses which can accommodate a small group of around 15-20 people, to full-sized coaches that can carry up to 80 passengers. The types of buses available include standard coaches, luxury coaches, double-decker buses and party buses. Some of the buses also come equipped with additional features such as WiFi, DVD players, and reclining seats. The best way to know exactly what options are available is to contact the charter company and ask them about the specific models in their fleet that they can offer you.

Yes, Irro Bus Charter offers modern buses with air conditionand other amenities.

All of our Irro Bus Charter drivers do have many years of experience and knowledge about Hamburg, it roads and attractions. Some of them are locals, coming directly from Hamburg.

We do offer special bus that can accommodate people with handicap. Please reach out to our Bus Charter Team in order to find the right bus for your group.

We do rent our buses for all kind of occasions. A wedding transfer as well as event shuttles are possible.

We do accept all kind of itinerary. Together with you, we will find the right bus according to your bus charter tour plan.

Click here and request your individual Minibus rental offer. Our Bus Charter Experts will contact you immediatly. Our terms and conditions are individual and based on your request.

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