Being able to explore any submarine, let alone a Soviet one, is a rare experience, so if your travels take you to Hamburg, you may want to take advantage of the opportunity. This Tango-class (American designation) was built in 1976 and was in operation, even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, until it was decommissioned in 2001. Although it was officially numbered B-515 by the Soviet/Russian Navy, it has, for some reason, "U-434" painted on its superstructure. Unfortunately, the story behind that, and other questions - such as how a Soviet sub ended up in Hamburg harbor - are not explained very well, at least in its English language guide material (a pamphlet, really). Despite any curatorial shortfalls, it's quite an adventure to go through the passageways and spaces of this once deadly boat.
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