Permanently moored along Hamburg’s waterfront, the Rickmer Rickmers is the oldest of the city’s numerous museum ships, standing in prize place next to the famous Cap San Diego. The historic trade ship was first launched in 1896 and was used to import rice and bamboo from Hong Kong, before serving in WWI and later, being used as a training ship for the Portuguese navy.
Today, the beautifully restored ship remains a majestic sight, with its three masts and eye-catching green and red painted hull looming over the riverside. Visitors can explore on-board the ship, stroll the wooden decks and peek into the crew quarters, then duck into the engine room, where an original steam engine and a Krupp diesel engine are on display.
Rickmer Rickmer’s is moored at Landungsbrücken in central Hamburg and is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Admission is €5.