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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
+49 40 31979160
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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 New York of the 1920s, and much more will make this a breath-taking journey for visitors.
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Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank 2CAtravelers
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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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Reviewed November 1, 2017

My visit started badly! The museum was closed for an 'event' when I'd planned to visit on a tuesday afternoon. Luckily, I had time the next day to come back and enjoyed this fascinating place. (If you're American of German/East European extraction it's an absolute...More

Thank David E
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Reviewed June 18, 2017

We went here expecting little and found a lot. The museum tells the story of human migration from time immemorial for various reasons. It brings it up to date, in the 20th and 21st century, not hesitating to focus on the tens of millions who...More

Thank Roland180
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Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

Some of our relatives emigrated from Denmark to U.S. through Hamburg before 1900. We therefor went to this museum to experience how they left Europe for the new land in the West. The museum is a modem one giving an empathic view of the days...More

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Reviewed March 22, 2017

Just a couple of blocks from the S station at Veddel (S3 or 31) I spent about 2 hours going through the exhibits. Many of the personal letters and stories are fascinating. The Highlight for me was finding the passenger list of the ship my...More

Thank Gerlinde G
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Reviewed February 23, 2017

this emigration museum is fascinating. it shows that people have been emigrating for generations. the three emigration sheds have been rebuilt, but they do show what people had to go through. actually, albert ballin seems to have had humanity that was lacking in other emigration...More

Thank Ann S
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Reviewed January 12, 2017

Very modern, interactive and well displayed exhibitions. Captions are in German, but you can get a booklet in English, with all the information. Allow yourself 2-3h, if you are interested in checking the details. There are 3 halls to visit, with several rooms. There is...More

Thank Ana L
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BallinStadt, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at BallinStadt - Port of Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2017

Dear Ana L, Thank you very much for your positive feedback! Kind regards, your BallinStadt team

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Reviewed October 9, 2016

Well designed museum describing the process of emigration from Europe during the period of mass migration, but also dealing with questions of migration in the present. The museum is located in the former facilities of the Hamburg America Line, a shipping company deeply involved in...More

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BallinStadt, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at BallinStadt - Port of Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2017

Dear gershonbacon, Thank you very much for your positive feedback! Kind regards, your BallinStadt team

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Reviewed October 8, 2016

The museum has been renovated since my last visit and a lot of it is very interesting. However, I took 2 English friends and there is nothing in English, except a half a dozen audio conversations you can listen to as you go around about...More

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Deborah E
March 20, 2017|
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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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As this emigration centre is supported by the German branch of Ancestry it does not only hold the shipping lists for US bound emigrants but acts as a global family research centre.
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Response from Kobolt2014 | Reviewed this property |
Hallo, wenn Du in Hamburg bist und in der Ballinstadt nichts ,oder wenig über Deine Familie herausfindest, gibt es interumständen einen anderen Weg. Es gibt Archive, in den alte Unterlagen gespeichert werden. Vielleicht hast... More
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