• Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil
    Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil ©Kaiserstuehler Touristik-Information Vogtsburg (Rolf Imbery)
  • Hipp Beef Meat Balls
    Hipp Beef Meat Balls ©HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG
  • German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher
    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Til Schweiger
    Til Schweiger ©Wikipedia (Thomas Schmidt)
  • Muehlhausen, town wall
    Muehlhausen, town wall ©Wirtschaftsbetriebe Muehlhausen GmbH (Tino Sieland)
  • Friedrich Schiller
    Friedrich Schiller
  • Die Bibelübersetzung von Martin Luther
    Die Bibelübersetzung von Martin Luther ©Thorsten Schlese
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
    Engelbert Humperdinck ©What We Hear in Music, Anne S. Faulkner
  • Hans F. Zimmer, Composer
  • Speyer at the river Rhine: view over the town to the cathedral
    Speyer at the river Rhine: view over the town to the cathedral ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Detail of sculpture at the Dachau International Monument
    Detail of sculpture at the Dachau International Monument ©Stadt Dachau, Amt für Kultur, Fremdenverkehr & Zeitgeschichte
  • Spree forest
    Spree forest ©DZT (Hiltrud Haep)
  • Gerhard Richter
    Gerhard Richter ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum
    Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum ©DZT (Torsten Krüger)
  • Freiburg/Breisgau: Minster
    Freiburg/Breisgau: Minster ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Herbert Marcuse
    Herbert Marcuse ©Collection Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • Sebastian Vollmer
    Sebastian Vollmer ©Lucasfritas
  • Hans Zimmer
    Hans Zimmer ©Getty Images for Hollywood Awards (Jason Merritt)
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • The Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
    The Mecklenburgische Seenplatte ©Tourismusverband Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Ramminger)

German Heritage - Discover the routes to your roots

Travel back in time and uncover the traces of your ancestors! From the most momentous points in the history of German immigration to today’s American multicultural society: Germans have always taken part in shaping the country.

Travel our Timeline of Emigration and revive historic moments of the past 400 years. Reveal the history of your ancestors in the Genealogy section, and find valuable links to regional archives and helpful research websites.

In the Famous People section, learn about well-known German-Americans who inspired American culture and society. Then plan your trip to Germany and visit historic places which tell the story of German emigrants to America.

Click here to read a Welcome Letter from the German Ambassador in the United States.