(GERMANY OUT) Deutschland, Hamburg Veddel: Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt. (Photo by Uwe Steffens/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

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Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt

Top choice in Hamburg

Sort of a bookend for New York's Ellis Island, Hamburg's excellent emigration museum looks at the conditions that drove about 5 million people to leave Germany for the US and South America in search of better lives from 1850 until the 1930s. Multilingual displays address the hardships endured before and during the voyage and upon arrival in the New World. About 4km southeast of the city centre, BallinStadt is easily reached by S-Bahn.

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