Entry ticket

Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

Entry ticket

Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

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Discover one of Hamburg's must-see museums at Cap San Diego, an impressive ship built in 1961. Learn about life aboard a cargo ship and have a chance to explore all areas of the vessel during this interactive museum experience.

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  • Go on an imaginary journey to the 1960s
  • Visit the largest civil museum ship in the world
  • Learn about the fate of emigrants between 1850 and 1930
  • Discover the engine room
Full description
Go on an imaginary journey to the 1960s and 70s, across the Atlantic Ocean to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and back again. Experience life as a lookout on the bridge or stand deep within the Machine Room to feel the steady pulse of the engines. Relax with the passengers in the saloon to the sound of light music while on a fun-filled voyage to South America. Cap San Diego is the largest civil museum ship in the world. It is the last surviving ship in a series of six fast general cargo ships, which were built in 1961/62 for the shipping company Hamburg South and drove to South America until the end of 1981. Hamburg's unique maritime monument has been a museum ship since 1988 and can be visited from bridge to hatch and from heart to head. During your self-guided tour, watch the documentary "A Suitcase Full of Hope - Emigration Port of Hamburg" about the fate of emigrants between 1850 and 1930. In hatch 2, find the permanent exhibition "General Cargo and Container Handling," which clearly documents the history of sea freight transport from 1960 to today with many historical images and explanatory texts.
  • Entrance ticket
  • Audio guide (if option selected)
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with claustrophobia
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Please go directly to the ship entrance located at the end of Überseebrücke.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • The museum is open 10 AM–6 PM daily
    • The museum is a ship that you can explore on your own
    • This is a self-guided tour there is no live guide
    • Not recommended for people with claustrophobia or mazeophobia
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for people with limited mobility as there are multiple flights of stairs
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 136 reviews

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    We were there on a rainy afternoon in December. We had only booked the normal entrance fee. It probably would have been better with a guide and a few words of explanation. Unfortunately, there wasn't much going on that day either. If you are interested in such ships, you are in good hands here. Big thanks and respect to the people who make it open to the public and keep it in this intact and driving condition. For us the visit was ok but we will not look at it again.

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    December 30, 2022

    I was already familiar with the ship because - a long time ago - we celebrated my husband's 70th birthday there, including a guided tour. That was great and very special at the time! And now the grandchildren are big enough to explore the ship from top to bottom. They had a lot of fun. For me, the last 2 stairs down from the engine room were too steep for me - of course not for the grandchildren! All in all, a successful excursion for the Kidis and also for me because of the wonderful memories.

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    August 2, 2021

    If you have 2-3 hours and are interested in seafaring, you should definitely plan a visit to the general cargo ship Cap San Diego! It is advisable to reserve tickets online in order to be safe in the current Corona times. For the large ship with the extensive information, the specified visiting time is required depending on the interest. The inspection of the engine rooms over several floors is impressive, as is the storage of general cargo compared to today's container ships. We had a lot of fun, is entertaining and highly recommended!

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    October 26, 2020

    Product ID: 329426