Museumsschiff Peking
© / Martin Elsen,
Museumsschiff Peking
© / Martin Elsen,
Museumsschiff Peking
© / Martin Elsen,
Museumsschiff Peking
© / Martin Elsen,


Experience the history of seafaring

Back to her home port: After decades of absence, the four-masted barque Peking returns to Hamburg. In the port on the Elbe, the Peking is the fourth large museum ship alongside the Rickmer Rickmers, Cap San Diego and MS Bleichen.

The former freight sailing vessel Peking looks back on an eventful past. The identical sister ship Passat has found a berth in Travemünde only a few kilometres away. 

History of Peking

The four-masted barque Peking was completed in 1911 at Blohm + Voss for the F. Laeisz shipping company. The sailing ship is part of the well-known Flying P-Liner fleet of the traditional Hamburg shipping company. Her maiden voyage took the Peking to South America. As a freighter she sailed to Chile for many years. On her round trips the Pekings sailed around Cape Horn a total of 34 times. The passage by ship is one of the most dangerous in the world. 

From freighter to museum ship

In 1932, the Peking ended her service as a freighter and was converted into a stationary training ship on the east coast of England. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of American independence, the traditional sailing vessel was brought to New York, where the Peking took up her prominent berth in Manhattan. In 2015 it was finally decided to bring the Peking back to her home port of Hamburg. 

Back to Hamburg

The Peters-Werft shipyard in Wewelsfleth took over the restoration of the ailing Peking. The new home of the no longer navigable but accessible museum ship is to be the emerging Grasbrook district of Hamburg. It is planned that the new German Port Museum, which Peking will call its flagship, will be built there by the middle of the 2020s. 

The film "Four-masted barque PEKING - Insights into the restoration work" is available on the YouTube channel of the Hamburg Maritime Foundation: (in German).

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn

At Hamburg’s city coast, the Elbe and the harbour, you can just sit down and watch as ships, ferries and tugs pass by and enjoy the strong sea breeze. A few hundred meters away you can experience Hamburg’s world-famous “sinful mile” – the Reeperbahn.

St. Pauli, the Harbour & the Reeperbahn

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Maritime flair in the HafenCity. Magellan-Terraces

In front of the Bankhaus Wölbern building take the steps down to the MAGELLAN-TERRACES.

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Back to the roots Wattwagenfahrt nach Neuwerk

With two HP over the mudflats to Neuwerk island. On to the remotest part of Hamburg.

Wattwagenfahrt nach Neuwerk
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Boat rental at the Stadtparksee

The boat rental at the Stadtparksee is located on the Liebesinsel. Canoes, pedal boats and rowing boats can be hired here.

Boat rental at the Stadtparksee

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