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More than five million people emigrated to the New World via the Port of Hamburg between 1850 and 1934. The stories of their lives are brought to life at BallinStadt. Historical exhibits, multimedia stations, the backdrop of a bustling market in the...more
Having been researching the Flight from the Pale of Settlement, this visit was one on the main reasons I came to Hamburg, and I wasn't quite sure what I was going to get.
Overall I was glad I came. I have a better idea of...More
The museum presents not only the story of migration out of Hamburg or Germany but gives a review of the topic out of different perspectives. The information is very interesting and organized according to different themes, though it could be more interactive.
A fascinating account of how how Hamburg became the major exit from Europe for thousands of emigrants seeking a better life outside . The exhibition halls cover many aspects of emigration starting with the special quarters that were constructed for emigrants , away from the...More
We saw BallinStadt mentioned in guidebooks and wanted to know more because of our interest in German-to-America migration. We pictured the German version of Ellis Island. However, their website wasn't much help. But we decided to go anyway. Not seeing an easy way to walk...More
The museum is located in some of the buildings which originally housed emigrants waiting to leave Europe for America. A huge number of them made their way to Hamburg and embarked from here (about 10% through the era of highest migration).
The history is fascinating,...More
I first visited about 10 years ago and found it absolutely fascinating. It told a clear story of how emigrants from all over Europe spent weeks in BallinStadt for health quarantine and paperwork processing. By the end of its existence, this mini-city across the river...More
The emigration museum, Ballinstadt, Hamburg, is well worth a visit. It is well designed and thought provoking. This is a fascinating exercise in living history, with personal stories and linking the mass migrations of the late 19th century / early 20th century, to more recent...More
I visited this place because my ancestors traveled from Germany to Australia in the 1870's. Whilst it didn't have anything about the ships my ancestors traveled on it was still a great experience to see what it was like for them during their time here...More
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It depends on your level of interest and if you speak German. You can simply tour through the three buildings and be done in an hour. If you have more interest, you can stop and read some of the major signs, which are... More
It depends on your level of interest and if you speak German. You can simply tour through the three buildings and be done in an hour. If you have more interest, you can stop and read some of the major signs, which are mostly in German (alternately, you can follow along in the English language booklet provided, however, it does not cover all signs) and take about 2 hours. If you're a German speaker and choose to read all of the signs including the interesting stories, you could take about 3 hours.
Buildings #1 and #2 each have a lot of exhibits and signs. Building #3 has far fewer exhibits but it also houses computer terminals so you can do research on your family genealogy on the German version of Ancestry. There's also a very nice cafe in building #3 serving fresh cooked food that is quite tasty so a stop there could also lengthen your stay. There is a gift shop by the cafe. Overall, I would say 2-3 hours.
Public traffic is quite comfortable in Hamburg and will take you to Ballin Stadt easily. I would reccomand to look for a hotel not to far from the center as this will enable short transportation times to all interesting... More
Public traffic is quite comfortable in Hamburg and will take you to Ballin Stadt easily. I would reccomand to look for a hotel not to far from the center as this will enable short transportation times to all interesting points of the city.