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MS Cap San Diego: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

1. Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

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.

Hamburg: Exciting Scavenger Hunt for Children

2. Hamburg: Exciting Scavenger Hunt for Children

Discover the most famous sights of the Port of Hamburg in a fun way. The starting point for this unique Scavenger Hunt Hamburg will be at Kornhausbrücke in Speicherstadt (Warehouse City). Continue to Fleetschlösschen and the monument to the famous pirate Störtebeker. The Magellan Terraces at the traditional ship harbor will await you with a task, and also offer the perfect opportunity to take a break. The Scavenger Hunt City Tour Hamburg can be paused whenever you feel like it, depending on whether you would like to spend more time at a certain place or take a longer look at a tourist attraction. Continue to Kehrwieder and the museum ships San Diego and Rickmer Rickmers. The exciting Scavenger Hunt City Tour will end at the famous jetties of the Port of Hamburg. The Scavenger Hunt Box contains 8 sealed and numbered envelopes. These contain puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear and unambiguous directions, make your way through the Port of Hamburg. Solve the puzzles and let the clues lead you to the next destination. Each solved puzzle will yield a number that will tell you which envelope to open next. You will not know in advance what order the scavenger hunt city envelopes need to be opened. The envelopes will also contain detailed background information of each attraction, its history, its current use, and much more. Decide for yourself when to start your Scavenger Hunt through Hamburg, and how much time to spend at each location. Take a break from your Scavenger Hunt whenever you feel like it, or even continue your scavenger hunt on a different day. Order the Box and enjoy this special sightseeing tour whenever you want.

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

3. 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: Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour

4. Hamburg: Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour

Discover Hamburg your own way with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get on and off the bus whenever you want, at any stop, and take as much time as you'd like enjoying the interesting sights. You can also take it easy, stay on the bus, and enjoy the view as you ride around the city. Scale the beloved St. Michaelis Church and admire Hamburg from above. Marvel at the imposing City Hall, and give in to your shopping urges in the stores along magnificent Jungfernstieg. Stroll around the Outer Alster Lake and take in its beautiful views, and find out how much green space this Hanseatic city has to offer. Take a break at the St. Pauli Piers, and visit the Hard Rock Café or Speicherstadt, the exciting historical warehouse district. Finish your day with a boat ride around the harbor, where you'll enjoy fantastic views of the ships and sailing equipment. Bus stops: 1: Kirchenallee/Hauptbahnhof 2: Marco-Polo-Terasse/HafenCity (currently not in use) 3: Kehrwiederspitze (Speicherstadt) 4: St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken 5: Reeperbahn 6: St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken/S-Bahnhof 7: St. Michaeliskirche (Michel) 8: Rathaus/Reesendamm (across from the Rathaus) 9: Neuer Jungfernstieg (on the corner of Colonnaden) 10: Rathaus/Reesendamm 11: Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Platz 12: Kirchenallee (east side of the Hauptbahnhof) 13: Holzdamm/Hotel Atlantic 14: Schöne Aussicht (Außenalster) 15: Alsterperle

St. Michael’s, Elbe Tunnel & Harbor 2-Hour Hamburg Tour

5. St. Michael’s, Elbe Tunnel & Harbor 2-Hour Hamburg Tour

On this interesting tour you get to see 3 of the most fascinating sights in Hamburg: St. Michael’s Church, the Old Elbe Tunnel, and the harbor. St. Michael’s Church is lovingly called “Michel” by the Hamburg residents and is the youngest of the 5 main churches in the city. Admire the 5 organs, the largest clock tower in Germany, and the impressive bell tower. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the observation deck, which you can access by walking or by lift. Check out the widow homes from the 17th century behind the church in the Krayenkamp, the last remaining examples of typical courtyards buildings around courtyards in Hamburg. You then walk through the Portuguese quarter in the direction of the landing stages. Here you can see the two ships by the shore: Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego. While the hustle and bustle of the landing stages invites you to linger for a while, you continue on to the Old Elbe Tunnel. Climb up the stairs in the over 100-year old construction or take the elevator. Depending on the time remaining, you’ll go under the River Elbe to Steinwerder, where you can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view over the city of Hamburg.

Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Walking Tour

6. Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Walking Tour

Explore the northern German metropolis of Hamburg on foot and learn more about the fascinating stories of the city and its history. With a trusty guide, discover the HafenCity district, a growing area of novel inner-city architecture and public spaces on the Elbe. Admire the fascinating Elbphilharmonie and impressive harbor vistas. As Europe’s second biggest port, Hamburg has always been open to adventurers and travelers from around the world. You’ll also visit the UNESCO-listed warehouse district called Speicherstadt, which translates from German to ‘City of Warehouses’. Spend some time admiring its unique charm and listen to facts about the largest warehouse district in the world to be built on timber pile foundations. Tour the city center, home to the beautiful town hall. Here the architecture and the symbolism of the sculptures will tell you a lot about Hamburg's tradition and past history.

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What people are saying about MS Cap San Diego

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 402 reviews

We were in Hamburg on Ascension Day. Lots of happy people everywhere. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great and the museums were getting crowded... But we were able to start the scavenger hunt exactly when it was dry. We were able to interrupt them at great playgrounds and even finished the second part on a different day because it got really too wet. It was perfect! Also for boys who don't belong in the category "heavy readers". Compact information, great route, funny language, feel for detail. We are very enthusiastic and will certainly repeat it in other cities!

Explore Hamburg on foot with lots of information. Answer questions and take a close look. Very good idea, we really liked it. We missed the note in the cover letter that you should take spare clothes for children (playground with water).

Very interesting for visitors interested in technology, you can move freely on the ship. Even the engine room is accessible.

A really worthwhile visit. My grandson (10 years old) loves it. Thanks to those who make such experiences possible for us.

Everything worked perfectly, you could see all the highlights of Hamburg. Very friendly staff.