• Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light
    Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • US Air Force cargo aircraft assigned to Ramstein Air Base
    US Air Force cargo aircraft assigned to Ramstein Air Base ©USAF (David D. Underwood Jr)
  • Levi Strauss Museum
    Levi Strauss Museum ©Levi Strauss Museum, Buttenheim (M. Aust)
  • Bacharach at the river Rhine
    Bacharach at the river Rhine ©DZT (Kirsch Fotostudio)
  • Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker
    Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker ©Gemeinde Angelbachtal (Werner Hausser)
  • Deutsches Museum, exhibition
    Deutsches Museum, exhibition ©Deutsches Museum
  • German Emigration Center Bremerhaven
    German Emigration Center Bremerhaven ©Deutsches Auswandererhaus/German Emigration Center
  • Glaisin: Castle Ludwigslust
    Glaisin: Castle Ludwigslust ©Reinhard Labahn
  • Mainz
    Mainz ©DZT (Kiedrowski, Rainer)
  • Kassel: Castle Wilhelmshoehe and Herkules
    Kassel: Castle Wilhelmshoehe and Herkules ©Kassel Tourist GmbH
  • In front of Ballinstadt
    In front of Ballinstadt ©Ballinstadt

Places of German Heritage – Trace the Footprints of your ancestors!

Whether it's a museum, a memorial or the hometown of a famous German, here you can find historically meaningful sites along the route of your cultural heritage. Each place has historical and cultural meaning for the immigration story from Germany to America.

You probably know about Bremerhaven and Ballinstadt in Hamburg, the two major emigration ports in Germany throughout the past centuries where genealogy and research facilities are available in modern day museums. But there are more important historic sites and museums of interest. In this section you will find a compilation of places that guard historic relicts from the past – hints to your ancestors’ footprints. Find inspirations here to go and visit the actual places of happening and revive the past. The places we invite you to visit lead you to revolutionary historic happenings such as the beginning of the era of aviation (Anklam), the hometown of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle (Laupheim), and many more.

We invite you on a treasure hunting trip to Germany’s significant historic museums and memorials, in the footsteps of your ancestors.