Fairytale Ships of Hamburg

The five Fairytale Ships of Hamburg on the Inner Alster Lake have been part of the Christmas traditions of this Hanseatic City for almost 33 years. City Management takes pride in providing a festive highlight for the whole family year after year with these Fairytale Ships. They are not only locally known but also give numerous guests from abroad a good reason to visit this Hanseatic City for Christmas shopping with the whole family.

In the past few years, they have turned into floating ambassadors for Hamburg and are simply enjoyable. In 2017, the visitor record was broken once again with 28.500 young guests. This year, City Management has put together a colourful and varied programme with its partners for the most recent visitors of the city centre.

In 2018, the Fairytale Ships till take place from
26th of November to 23rd December.

Details for this year's ticket sales will be announced in the coming months.

Starting on 26th November 2018, tickets can be purchased directly at the Jungfernstieg pier in the “Fairytale Ships office” from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. – while stocks last. For children aged 3 years and older.

You can contact the hotline of the Fairytale Ships from on 1st of November under the following number: 040 238 800 55.

Showboat Bredenbek

The showboat “Bredenbek”

A daily changing, exciting, hands-on programme is offered on this showboat.

Monday: The Elb-Nixe is visiting the Fairytale ships and tells about her exciting encounters with sea-dreagons and ship kobalds.

Tuesday: The fairy teller tells cheerful and exciting adventures.

Wednesday: You can watch the christmas witch Adventa saving Christmas because of her fabulous magical power.

Thursday: The little visitors in the puppet theater experience surprises and fairies.

Friday: The children travel to the land of fairires, fables, fairy tales and mice.

Saturday: The oriental dancer Sabuha flies to the Orient on her carpet in order to find out how Ali Baba came to his robbers.

Sunday: The wizar Paulo will pay a visit to the Fairytale Ships. His magic suitcase is filled with magic and hokuspokus.

Mondays to Fridays at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the hour.


The café ship “Susebek”

The café ship is the ideal place to regain strength and relax between the Christmas shopping sessions. Visitors may choose between a lot of Christmas goodies in addition to coffee, cakes, and tasty snacks. And while the children are busy baking Christmas pastries, the parents can relax overlooking the Alster fir tree and the Christmas setting of the Jungfernstieg. There are also numerous delicacies available for children.

Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Ship “Ammersbek”

On the dream ship the children can immerse themselves in the realm of fantasy. Make-up artists transform the little ones into queens, dangerous lions or beautiful flower fairies in just a few minutes.

In the Thalia-Bücherecke, children can immerse themselves in exciting fairytale and adventure worlds. Christmas stories are available in the Saturn Audiobook Lounge.

Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


The bakery ships “Saselbek & Sielbek”

Small bakers, great joy. All kinds of baked goods are a part of the Christmas season. On the Saselbek and Sielbek, children starting at 3 years old can bake Christmas cookies themselves and decorate them to their heart's content. In addition to the delicious cookies, each child can also take a personal DAT BACKHUS apron and baker's hat home.


Mondays to Fridays at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for the bakery ships are available for € 2 assurance fee on Saturday, 14 November 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Jungfernstieg pier.


Starting on 23 November 2015, tickets can be purchased directly at the Jungfernstieg pier in the “Fairytale Ships office” from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. – while stocks last. For children aged 3 years and older.

Once again, the baker on the bakery ships is DAT BACKHUS for 2015.


To make sure that the Christmas baking tradition is not lost in the families, DAT BACKHUS has supported the Hamburg Fairytale Ships with two bakery ships for the past ten years to pass on this tradition to the youth.

The assurance fee of € 2 for the bakery ticket partly contributes to making the Fairytale Ships in the year 2018 possible. Another part will be donated to a children's project in Hamburg.

Over 10,000 little cookie bakers bake more than 100,000 cookies and 10,000 pastries every year on the ships. 5,000 kg dough, sugar, chocolate sprinkles, and raisins are processed by the little bakers. Placed in a row, the pastry plates would cover a length of 3,300 metres. That is almost twice the distance around the Inner Alster Lake.


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