Hamburg Messe (“Fair”) and Congress Center
Messeplatz 1, 20357

Hamburg, Germany:  Capture the Moment!
Rotary International Convention June 1-5, 2019

The 2019 Rotary International Convention takes place in Hamburg, Germany, one of Europe’s most vibrant, welcoming, and beautiful cities.  This "Gateway to the World" – as the port city on the Elbe is called – offers residents and visitors alike a balanced city life with unique waterside experiences, sightseeing, shopping, culture, and open nature within the city.

Hamburg boasts of more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined.  On the Elbe River that flows 36 miles more to meet the sea, the Port of Hamburg has been the hub of Northern European trade since 1189.  Hamburg invites YOU to visit in 2019!

Reasons to Attend a Rotary International Convention? 

  • The International Scope and Reach of Rotary,
  • Fellowship and Fun with a Common Purpose,
  • Plenary Sessions that are Major Productions,
  • Explore the Host City, and Meet the People

For many, Hamburg is Germany’s finest city – a cosmopolitan host open to change, refreshing by day and exciting by night.  The mid-city Alster lake shores are lined with upscale hotels, restaurants, jetties, cherry trees and large parks.  Short distances, creative spaces, breaths of fresh air, and an exciting range of cultural facilities invite you to explore.  You can go jogging in the morning, sailing in the afternoon, and enjoy the sunset from a waterside cafe in the evening.  A vast network of canals and rivers winds around the city, which has more bridges than Venice.  Explore them by boat.

A range of cuisines and restaurants rivaling Paris feature specialties from land, river, and sea made with organic products, often in an open kitchen with the chefs at work.  Dining along the Elbe River and glancing out the window, you have the water, the pleasure boats, and the ocean-going ships passing by.

In the "Hamburger Hof" passageway or the "Hanse-Viertel" district, shopping is an art.  The large department stores and exquisite shops surpass one another with their exclusive selections.

The 2019 Rotary Convention will take place in the Hamburg Messe (“Fair”) and Congress Center, one of Europe’s largest.  Situated in the central part of the city, it in the immediate vicinity of the Dammtor mainline train station and numerous hotels. 

Hamburg boasts an extensive public transport system of underground trains, a light-rail network, buses and ferries. With your RI Convention registration badge, you have unlimited travel by bus, train and harbor ferry (HVV - Hamburg Transport Association).

Rotary’s Experient agency negotiates with hotels in different categories for the guaranteed lowest nightly rate during the convention period, including taxes and fees. Benefits include: breakfast unless otherwise noted; other amenities as noted in the hotel description; flexible payment options; ability to manage your reservation online.  D5240 does not have a designated "district hotel" but 2019-20 DG Savi Bhim will be at the Hamburg Marriott as our "D5240 happy hour headquarters."  Our attendees can book that hotel or another one nearby if they wish.

Host Organization Committee (HOC) Ticketed Events occur every evening of the Convention. For all information and tickets, see the Host Committee website https://ric2019.rotary.de/en/