Cap San Diego

Museums Cap San Diego

Former cargo ship MS Cap San Diego has been turned into a floating museum on which you can even spend the night.

Cap San Diego Museum

The 159-metre-long vessel is allegedly the biggest seaworthy museum ship in the world. Strolling around on the different decks, you can learn all about Cap San Diego's history: how the officers dined, where they slept and the routes the giant vessel took. See the mighty machine room, and get an impression of the ship's storage capabilities.

The MS Cap San Diego is the last of a series of six ships built in 1961. It sailed the South Atlantic to pick up goods such as coffee, cotton, cocoa, beef and clothes to deliver it to Germany.

Because of its colour and appearance and the routes it took, it was given the nickname 'White Swan of the South Atlantic'. In 1988, the MS Cap San Diego 'retired' and was turned into a museum. But don't be fooled: the 'White Swan' is diligently maintained by 130 workers and volunteers, and is still seaworthy. A few times a year, it hosts up to 500 people and embarks on a journey along the Elbe.

Explore the ship yourself with the audio guide, or join a guided tour. See the permanent exhibition, watch a musical or comedy show, or a book one of the reading events for kids. 

Really unique is the high ropes course ─ the only floating one in Germany. Groups of 10 to 60 people can learn how to climb up 30 metres above sea level. More on the vessel's website. ​​​​​​​