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"Hamburg - for all fans of great ships" Top 5 Page for this destination Germany Things to Do Tip by globetrott

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  Rickmer Rickmers in Hamburg
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  • Rickmer Rickmers in Hamburg - Germany
      Rickmer Rickmers in Hamburg
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  • Cap San Diego in Hamburg - Germany
      Cap San Diego in Hamburg
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  • St.Pauli Landungsbrücken - Germany
      St.Pauli Landungsbrücken
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  • my selfmade postcard of Ovelgoenne - Germany
      my selfmade postcard of Ovelgoenne
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  • Binnenalster in Hamburg - Germany
      Binnenalster in Hamburg
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Hamburg is one of the most important ports of Europe and so you will find a lot of interesting ships there, here is a list of great traditional ships in Hamburg:
1) Rickmer Rickmers is an old sailingboat docked permanently in the port of Hamburg. This great ship is a museum nowadays and has also a great restaurant onboard !
SS Rickmer Rickmers was built in 1896 in Bremerhafen/Germany. It is made of steal.
Since 1987 the ship may be visited daily The ship is 97 metres long, 12,20 metres wide and is 6 metres below the water, the ship was run with a crew of 23 and the captain. At first the Rickmer Rickmers sailed regularly to Hongkong and brought rice and bamboo to Bremerhafen. Lateron it was a school-ship for Portugal, beeing called "SAGRES"
In 1958 this ship could win a big regatta against the norwegian school-ship "Christian Radich" but it was finally set out of service in 1962.
In 1983 the ship was bought by a group called "Windjammer für Hamburg" and restored completely !

2) "Cap San Diego" is the last classic cargo freighter that was built in 1960, shortly before Container-ships took over the business much more efficiently. Today this ship is a museum and you may walk around the ship freely and without restrictions. See the big cranes and look down to the many floors of the cargo-halls. Walking through this ships will give you an idea, what life onboard was like - for sure it was a lot less romantic than going on a cruise... on one of the decks you may watch an old film about this ship sailing between South-America and Europe back in 1960.
Onboard of "Cap SanDiego" you may rent several cabins, all of them are comfortable and have their own bath-tub and facilities - see my hoteltips !

3) St.Pauli-Landungsbrücken and the " Übersee-Brücke" are a must for all ships-amateurs : Landungsbruecken is a giant, swimming platform with various shops, restaurants and most of the boats offering tours through the port of Hamburg or to Helgoland will start there, just as well as the HVV-boat-line #62, that will take you to Finkenwerder, passing by Ovelgoenne.
The difference between ebb and tide can be up to 1,60 meters here in Hamburg, that is why they needed a swimming platform.
At Landungsbruecken you will find the most fish-restaurants and souvenir-shops of Hamburg and so it is easy to compare prices, that vary in fact a lot from one shop to the other, for exactely the same things.

4) Museumshafen in Ovelgoenne is certainly the main attraction for all ships-amateurs and the special thing about that museum is, that you will see these ships docked in a small port like they would be still used today.
You may approach them easily all day long, as there is no fence around this small port. You are not allowed to go onboard, but of course you could, when nobody watches you. Some of these ships may be rented for your private festivities and one of them is used as a restaurant-ship.
The Museumshafen is directely at the dock, where the ships #62 (St.Pauli Landungsbruecken-Finkenwerde) are landing, and just about 200 meters from the place, where the Hamburg-bus #112 will end.

5) Binnen-Alster is the smaller of the 2 artificial lakes in the very centre of Hamburg. The river Alster was dammed already in the 13th century and so the Binnen-Alster and the Aussen-Alster are in fact artificial lakes.
Binnenalster is the small lake next to Jungfernstieg and not far from the Rathaus / townhall of Hamburg and you will also find the most famous luxuryhotel of Hamburg there :
The "Raffles 4 Jahreszeiten". The hotel was built in 1904 by the architects Freytag&Wuerzbach. next to it you will find the Amsinck-Palais housing the "Übersee-Club".

Directions: Read more about these places for ships-amateurs in my Hamburg-page, just click on the link below !

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  • Updated Sep 14, 2008
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