Places of German Heritage

Find engaging stops along the route of your cultural heritage. Museums, memorials and historic sites – like birthplaces of famous Germans – all hold historical and cultural meaning for the immigration story from Germany to America.

Bremerhaven and Hamburg, two major German emigration ports, are home to well-known modern emigration museums equipped with genealogy and research facilities. But there are many other historic sites, museums and points of interest to inform your search. Here you’ll find a list of places that hold historic treasures – and maybe even some hints about the roots of your family tree. Find inspiration to go and visit them yourself, retracing the steps of millions of German emigrants and learning their stories. Get to know places of historic significance such as Anklam, the birthplace of German aviation, and Laupheim, the hometown of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, and many more.

You’re invited to browse Germany’s many museums and memorials and walk in the footsteps of notable German emigrants – your ancestors.

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