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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

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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
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Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
+49 40 31979160
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank umwcathy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Hadley B
Reviewed August 14, 2018

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

Thank Lili_GlobalTraveler
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank SoloTraveller00
Reviewed July 25, 2018

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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Reviewed July 17, 2018

Really fun and engaging place and i am definitely returning here! Staff was super friendly as well which is always a really good sign!

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Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

Fortunately, I speak German, as all of the displays were written in German. It was neat to see how many cultures were represented in this museum.

Thank Katie K
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

. As other reviewers Road most of the information is in German. They do give you a booklet that gives you the information in English. I don't think it's worth the money. They do give discount pricing for older people. At the end of the...More

Thank ge0teach84
Reviewed June 12, 2018

This is the location where emigrants taking the Hamburg Amerika Line came to prepare for departure. There are a wide range of displays but most are in German. You receive an English booklet when you buy your ticket but it does not cover everything. You...More

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Reviewed November 24, 2017

Between 1850 and 1939, more than 5 million people from all over Europe emigrated from Hamburg to the New World. The museum complex "Ballinstadt" recreates this life-changing journey on historic grounds; see the original emigration halls, and an extensive interactive exhibition (in English and German)....More

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June 29, 2018|
Response from 2CAtravelers | Reviewed this property |
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
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Response from WLae | Reviewed this property |
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
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