Five million or so emigrants from Europe to the New World left through the port of Hamburg in the 19th and early 20th century. Most passed through the great BallinStadt halls, where they were given food and shelter before setting off. It's now an absolutely excellent museum dedicated to their memory.
Everything has been done here to bring the past to life, to recreate the experience of those pushed from their homes by hunger and poverty and dreaming of a new life. You can learn about the fate of individual migrants, their hardships and their hopes, and you can even sample the sort of food they ate at their last resting point before sailing into the unknown.
It's a moving experience and even more so for anyone whose ancestors migrated from Europe.
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