Being that it's a city right on the sea, it is easy to imagine that Hamburg once had a port. The reality is that it's one of the largest ports in the world and it really is. We scheduled or visit to coincide with the port's birthday. It was 823 years old that day! The atmosphere was festive. There was plenty of food and drink stalls (not just sausages and beer as it seems), live music, and a lot of boats from around the world, many of which can be visited. Especially interesting are the number of small sailboats.