BallinStadt (Emigration Museum) Tour by Private Vehicle

BallinStadt (Emigration Museum) Tour by Private Vehicle

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      Hamburg, Germany
      4 Hours
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      $ 401
      • Museum of Emigration: Discover at BallinStadt how and why people in 18th and 19th-century Germany and Europe left everything they knew to start a new life in unfamiliar lands.
      • Genealogical research: If you have a German background, uncover your own personal and fascinating family history through their extensive genealogical resources and records.
      • Roundtrip transportation: Your tour begins and ends in style. A driver will pick you up at your hotel or other central location at the beginning of the tour, drive you about half an hour to the museum, and then return you to your hotel or any other point of your choosing in Hamburg after three hours at the museum.
      • Totally Private: Hey we love group tours. But we know sometimes you want to explore with just your friends and family. Customized to fit your whole crew - just let us know if you want to invite more peeps.

      Meeting point

      Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out, or email so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.

      Helpful hints

      Bring small coins for the restroom.

      In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.

      Getting around

      Walking is at your own pace and the amount is at each person's discretion. Most modern areas are wheelchair accessible but the historic ones are not. Expect some obstacles. Bring a companion to offer any assistance. Folding wheelchairs only, please.

      Activity type

      Private Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly

      Transportation used

      Vehicles? We have all kinds for all sizes of groups, from cars to buses. Vehicles vary based on the number of travelers.


      English, German

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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      If you use a folding wheelchair, we can accommodate you with at least 7 days' advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.

      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.

      Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.


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      Hamburg, Germany
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring snack
      Bring water
      Bring money
      Wear comfortable shoes
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      Wear Sunglasses
      Wear warm layers

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