Port experience – live
Every year, we hold an exciting festival at one of the six bayernhafen ports. Under the slogan of “The port experience – live”, a colourful programme awaits visitors. The companies and partners of the port offer the visitors exciting insights into the three modes of transport (inland waterway, rail and truck) along with the fascinating technology they use. Lots of fun and games for young and old.
Save the date:
The next “Port experience – live” is on on Sunday, 15 September 2019 at bayernhafen Bamberg. The last time bayernhafen Bamberg held a port festival was in 2012. Just like then, in 2019, visitors can expect a colourful festival packed with action and fun for all ages.
Past port festivals
Around 25,000 visitors explored bayernhafen Aschaffenburg
Aschaffenburg, 25 September 2017 – On election Sunday, four years after the first port festival, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg once again extended an open invitation to ‘the port experience – live’.
Young and old alike flocked to the festival to enjoy everything the port had to offer. The bayernhafen Aschaffenburg team joined forces with companies and partners at the port to prepare a programme of events that left no wishes unfulfilled: The pleasure boat ‘Wappen von Frankfurt’ was packed with passengers from the very first trip – and all were rewarded with the best possible view from on deck. Visitors with a head for heights were rewarded with a spectacular view 54 metres above the ground on the aerial work platform, as were the passengers on board the port train, the fans of heavy-lift equipment at the Technology Show and anyone who explored bayernhafen Aschaffenburg on foot.
"It’s an absolutely fantastic mix of activities,” said one young couple who were visiting with their two children. “We all get our money’s worth here: Our children get to discover, play, have fun and even win something, and we get to have a look around and experience what a port is actually really like and what companies do here.” Indeed, the wheel of fortune and the bouncy castle proved to be as much of a magnet for children as did river dredging with a real port crane and doing the “railway driver’s licence”. And the children were not the only ones fascinated by the motorcycle trial artist who jumped from container to container on his motorbike.
Variety was also guaranteed by the companies that opened their doors during the port festival: Pollmeier, Europe’s most efficient beechwood sawmill, for example, showed how it turns tree trunks into boards for the furniture industry; Suffel Fördertechnik, Linde Material Handling GmbH’s largest authorised dealer, presented fascinating forklift trucks; and at Roth Energie, the visitors learned, among other things, how tank trucks are loaded. The guests were also captivated by the exciting world of logistics, with visits to Kreher Beton, Raab Karcher, teamFOOD and Team LOG as well as the raw materials trading company Westarp.
"We were curious about coming here and now we get to take home a lot of new impressions and knowledge,” said a delighted visitor. “I also find it really interesting that the companies in the port offer traineeships for a number of different professions.”
Of course, no port festival would be complete without food and drink, and so regional gastronomy and street food vans ensured the visitors had plenty on their plates. Musical entertainment was provided by the March Mellows Street Band and the wonderful entertainer and musician, Dr. Musikus.
"The visitors came from Aschaffenburg and throughout the entire region,” says Wolfgang Filippi, Branch Manager of bayernhafen Aschaffenburg. “The port festival is a magnet for visitors because the port has so much to offer. It contributes to improving everybody’s quality of life and the port festival gives visitors the chance to also find out why.” bayernhafen Aschaffenburg is planning to hold the next port festival in 2021 when the port celebrates its 100th birthday.
Exploring the port from the water on the passenger ship or from on high from the aerial platform – just two of the many exciting attractions.
Young and old marvelled at the machines on display in the Technology Show.