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Hamburg: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Cruise with Live Commentary

1. Hamburg: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Cruise with Live Commentary

Discover the culture and maritime flair of Hamburg. On this hop-on hop-off harbor tour, you will explore the Port of Hamburg, the Speicherstadt, and HafenCity by barge in 90 minutes. The barge calls at the St. Pauli Landing Bridges, Bridge 10, and the major tourist attractions daily. The special feature of the tour is that you only pay once and can enjoy the day with any number of stops with the hop-on hop-off ticket to explore the individual attractions onshore. These include BallinStadt, the Hafenmuseum Hamburg, the new Elbarkaden with the exhibition “The Flood”, the International Maritime Museum, and the traditional ship harbor in HafenCity, the historical Speicherstadt, the Miniatur Wunderland, and the Cap San Diego. During the tour you will learn interesting information from the live commentary onboard in English and German. Stops: Landing Bridges, Bridge 10 Elbe Island – Wilhelmsburg BallinStadt Hafenmuseum Hamburg International Maritime Museum Elbe Philharmonic Hall Speicherstadt – Wunderland – Dungeon Cap San Diego Landing Bridge 10

Hamburg: International Maritime Museum Entrance

2. Hamburg: International Maritime Museum Entrance

Take a voyage of discovery across nine 'decks' at the impressive International Maritime Museum. Housed inside the oldest surviving warehouse in Hamburg, the museum gives you a comprehensive view of the sea and oceans, and how cultures have explored them throughout the millennia. Meet pirates, find out how captains mastered navigation, look at hundreds of nautical uniforms and connect with Hamburg's important nautical history. The exhibition includes more than 40,000 pieces, making it the world's largest private maritime collection. An absolute highlight of this museum is the floor dedicated to marine biology research. This portion of the exhibit was developed in collaboration with leading scientific institutions and is constantly updated. Research instruments, samples from the sea bed, films taken by diving robots, an actual wall of ice and fascinating underwater audio samples deliver a vivid impression of the seas.

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What people are saying about International Maritime Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 125 reviews

The museum is housed in an 8-9 storey high beautifully restored warehouse building with section divisions of items on each floor. The exhibition spans a very wide range in shipping with topics from the dawn of time and up to today's Shipping activities. As pearls, i.a. mention the beautiful marine paintings on the 5th floor, where the Danish classic maritime painters are beautifully represented. The section on World War II is also extremely exciting with beautiful models of the most famous German as well as allied naval ships (Bismarck, Tirpitz, Hood and many many more). We visited the museum for 4 hours, but you never finish here. The collection is impressively large and clear, set up with the usual German thoroughness. It probably appeals first and foremost to the 'boys' - both the young and the old, but the girls should not be fooled. Just watch to get going everyone.

A museum of 9 floors, very well presented, each floor has its focus. We started on the 9th floor and were overwhelmed by the 550,000 smallest boats. After 2 hours (on the 7th floor) we were able to have a coffee on the ground floor, there are very nice waitresses serving. It has big, small ships, uniforms, impressive films are shown, witnesses in speech and writing. After admiring up to the 4th floor we ate a little something on the ground floor, it was very nice. Strengthened, we marveled at the ships in gold and silver, a large ship made of Lego blocks. This museum is really a stunner. A big compliment to the whole team for the great presentation. We will definitely tell our friends and acquaintances about this museum.

Very interesting setup! The museum, which has a total of 9 floors, not only has something to offer for "naval history owners", but also deals with generally historically relevant events and processes. The price is a bit expensive, but you can really look at a wide variety of exhibits for 3 hours without any problems and it doesn't get boring

It was very interesting to walk through the museum and to discover and get to know the many historical objects and circumstances.

Very interesting and informative, far more extensive than expected. Bring time to the visit: 4 hours will fly by like nothing!