Upon arrival in the historic city on the Neckar, you will see that the submarine and floating pontoon together are too high for the Old Bridge in Heidelberg. This is where we will find out whether our plan works: by means of a special rotation mechanism, the submarine will be rotated on the pontoon just so far that it just fits under one of the bridge's arches. An extraordinary spectacle, against the impressive backdrop of Heidelberg Castle and the historic Old Town.
Once Heidelberg has been successfully passed, it's then on through the beautiful Neckar valley to Haßmersheim. On a low loader, the journey towards a new home will continue.
Along idyllic country roads in the Odenwald, the submarine will roll into the hilly Kraichgau. Those who come to view the transport will be offered equally surreal and impressive views here when a 50-metre-long submarine peeks out over the roofs of houses in small villages or appears to swim through the rolling hills of the Kraichgau.
Only we provide this: a superlative view is also offered on the last few metres in front of the museum, when the submarine will roll on the low loader past the Bundesliga stadium of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. On the other side of the A6 motorway, two supersonic passenger jets, the Concorde and Tupolev TU 144, are already waiting for the new mega-exhibit.
Facts & figures
If you are interested in technology, you will be able to spend hours on the submarine…
The U-17 is a class 206A submarine that is around 48 metres long, with a draught of 4.6 meters, and displaces roughly 500 tonnes when submerged.
Submarines were mainly deployed in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, and then, later, after the conversion to the class 206 Alpha, in the Mediterranean as well.
The U-17 had a very special mission and, together with the U-26, was the first German submarine in American waters after the Second World War and the first submarine to enter the port of Baltimore after the last submarine anchored there in 1916 (the merchant submarine U-DEUTSCHLAND).
The Type 206 submarines have served in the German Navy for almost 40 years – more than any other submarine before – and after such a long time it would have weighed on the souls of the generations of crew members if people had not preserved them and made them accessible for posterity. The "submariners association U-17", consisting of former crew members, will later take care of the preservation of the submarine as an exhibit.
In addition to the support of our members, we also depend on your help in carrying out this transport campaign. Your donation will help us enormously in this mammoth project! If desired, all donors (from € 25.00) will be named on this page.