Next to the Cap San Diego steamer, Rickmer Rickmers is the most prominent ship to permanently cast anchor in Hamburg. After almost 90 years of sailing the seven seas, the three-masted ship was turned into a museum in 1983. Today, visitors can roam the decks, exploring the crew’s and officers’ quarters, the galley and even the engine room. The engine room, you might ask? Yes, over the years, this windjammer was powered by wind and, if required, by steam and diesel engines. As such, the ship became a true wayfarer, visiting ports anywhere from Chile to Hong Kong. It has sailed under several names and several flags, including those of Germany, the United Kingdom and Portugal.
Now, that it is a permanent part of Hamburg harbour’s impressive skyline, the ship flies the German flag and answers to its original name of Rickmer Rickmers. Rarely does the aged sailer leave its berth, except for renovation works, when the ship’s distinctive green hull gets a paintjob and other necessary upkeep.
More than just a museum attraction, the ship's on-board restaurant offers fantastic dining options, and for a different sort of thrill, you can climb the ship’s masts and rigging on Saturdays and holidays. At 35 metres above sea level, you'll have one of the best views of the harbour.
Museumsschiff RICKMER RICKMERS
Bei den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 1, 20359 Hamburg
+49 40 319 59 59
Daily 10 a.m. ─ 6 p.m.
U3, S1, S2, S3 exit Landungsbrücken