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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 yesterday

Ballin Stadt shows you how people from Eastern Europe started a new life by choosing <Hamburg port for a voyage to the United States, full of hope for a new and better life in America.

Thank mennogr
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Stas L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 2 September 2018

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 September 2018

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

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Reviewed 15 August 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 6 August 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

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Reviewed 26 July 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

2  Thank Ellesee0605
Reviewed 17 July 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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29 June 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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