International Maritime Museum

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Koreastraße 1


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Located in a former warehouse, the International Maritime Museum offers a look at 3,000 years of maritime history across nine floors, with a stunning number of exhibits, artifacts and more, including thousands of model ships – a highlight for many recent visitors. Others were pleasantly surprised with the interesting and informative exhibits. One of its most treasured pieces is a copy of the "Atlantis Majoris" from 1657, the first nautical atlas printed in the Netherlands. Other exhibits include medals and uniforms from navies around the world, displays of commercial and passenger shipping and works by well-known maritime painters. One way to tackle the massive museum is by taking a 60- or 90-minute tour, which is offered in English, and costs 70 euros (about $77) and 80 euros (around $88), respectively. Audio guides are also available for a much smaller cost.

Recent visitors called the museum "fascinating" and said you should be prepared to do a lot of walking throughout its various levels and set aside several hours. However, some reviewers expressed disappointment that a few exhibits did not offer English translations. 

You'll find the museum located in HafenCity. The museum is open daily from 10 am. to 6 p.m. Admission costs 13 euros (around $14) for adults 17 and older and 9.50 euros (about $10.50) for students. Audio guides cost an additional 3.50 euros (approximately $4). To reach the museum, take the U4 U-Bahn line to the Überseequartier station. For more information, visit the museum's official website.

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A public viewing platform is open to everyone and offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of the city and the harbor – a particular highlight for recent visitors. While admission to the viewing plaza is free, you do need a ticket to enter. Advance booking is available and recommended by recent visitors, though a booking fee of 2 euros (or about $2.25) applies. Reviewers also recommended taking a harbor cruise to admire the building from the water.

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