BallinStadt (Emigration Museum) Tour by Private Vehicle
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Finding out about family ancestry has become increasingly popular, as evidenced with websites and services related to this quest. While visiting Hamburg, don't miss visiting the BallinStadt, or Museum of Emigration, just a 30-minute drive away. Once serving as the final departure point for many Germans and other Europeans, it now houses comprehensive genealogical information for anyone to research.
Your private tour starts with a luxury vehicle pickup from anywhere near the central city and a direct stop at the newly remodeled museum. Feel free to take a self-guided tour through the museum itself, which consists of three separate halls. The first tells the story of Albert Ballin, the patron who established the station, and the last place for emigrants to stay, also called the "port of dreams."
The next area relates all phases of the Europeans' journey, from the decision to seek a better life to where they settled in the new world. Finally, the third hall delves into personal accounts of emigrants, which will touch your heart and inspire you. It's interesting to learn about the development of today's megacities. Hearing the joys and heartaches of these people may encourage you to discover your own family's past.
Access the extensive online database connected to passenger lists and other ancestry records to learn about your family tree. The information you may find could surprise and delight you. After your visit, enjoy some refreshments on your own in the museum's Nach Amerika, with food based on the emigrants' meals. Return to your Hamburg base, richer in your personal history and lore.
The patron of Veddel Island
Between 1850 and 1939, Hamburg was truly the "gateway to the world." During that time span, nearly five million Germans and other Europeans desired to immigrate to the Americas. Albert Ballin, the general director of a nearby shipping company, observed that the living conditions that these emigrants endured were becoming increasingly squalid. So he resolved to construct a place for them to stay until their departure. It became its own full-fledge community, and the BallinStadt that you see today.
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