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 35 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 2019, the visitor record was broken once again with 30.000 young guests. This year, City Management will put together a colourful and varied programme with its partners for the visitors of the city centre.

In 2020, the Fairytale Ships will take place from 23rd of November to 23rd December.


We will announce soon when the Pre-Ticket-Sale will take place this year. 


Starting on 23rd November 2020, tickets could be purchased directly at the Jungfernstieg pier in the “Fairytale Ships office” from 10:00 a.m. until  3:00 p.m. 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.

Theaterschiff Bredenbek
Theaterschiff Bredenbek

The showboat “Bredenbek”

This daily changing, exciting, hands-on programme was offered in 2019 on this showboat.

Monday: The Alster Mermaid Ilayda dived into the underwater world.

Tuesday: The fairy teller told cheerful and exciting adventures.

Wednesday: Kids watches the christmas witch Adventa saving Christmas because of her fabulous magical power.

Thursday: The little Visitors went on an adventure of the little star on Earth and his journey back to the starry sky.

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

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

Sunday: The wizard Paulo visited the Fairytale Ships with his magical suitcase 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.



Das Caféschiff Susebek
Das Caféschiff Susebek

The café ship “Susebek”

The coffee ship is the ideal place to strengthen and relax between Christmas Shopping. In addition to coffee and cakes, there are Christmas Treats for all ages. While the children enjoy the fairytale ships, the parents can relax with a view on the Alstertanne and the Christmas scenery of the Jungfernstieg.



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

Das Traumschiff Ammersbek
Das Traumschiff Ammersbek

The Ship “Ammersbek”

On the dream ship make-up women transform  kids in a few minutes to queens, dangerous lions or flower fairies. The make-up is made up with skin-friendly colours from Kryolan. In the game corner of IKEA all children can play in colourful fantasy world.



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.



Die Backschiffe Saselbek & Sielbek
Die Backschiffe Saselbek & Sielbek

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 09:00 a.m.,10:30 a.m., 12:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.


The baker on the bakery ships is also in 2019  DAT BACKHUS.

DAT BACKHUS - Little baker needed

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 thirteen 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 2020 possible.

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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