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Bremerhaven: German Emigration Center Entrance Ticket

1. Bremerhaven: German Emigration Center Entrance Ticket

The German Emigration Center is Europe’s largest and most modern museum on the topic of migration. You can follow the paths of 7 million Europeans who left their homeland via the port of Bremerhaven, in search of a better life in the New World. You can even begin a search for your own ancestors using the museum's state-of-the-art research facilities. Your electronic boarding pass allows you to embark on a journey of 300 years of immigration and emigration history. Each iCard contains the story of an individual who emigrated to the New World. The iCard also activates many audio stations and interactive displays. Equipped with the iCard, you will embark on an unforgettable journey through time and experience the stories of the emigrants firsthand. At the quay, you will meet emigrants from various European countries. Learn about how they experienced an emotional moment of farewell and departure to an unknown country. Together with them you will then board a ship, getting a glimpse of life aboard three eras of passenger shipping, for example, onboard the ocean liner Columbus in 1929. Having arrived at the immigration station on Ellis Island, you now have to undergo an immigration test at the legal desk. With the entry permit in hand, you will continue your journey to Grand Central in New York. Here, you will learn more about the life of the emigrants in the New World. Dive deeper into the history and factors of migration as you experience the various exhibition halls. Once you have completed the journey and learned all about the emigration process, you can embark on a personal search for emigrated ancestors in the Family Research room. This service is free of charge, and a trained assistant will be there to help guide you through your own family's emigration history.

Braunschweig: Private City Walking Tour with certified Guide

2. Braunschweig: Private City Walking Tour with certified Guide

Discover Braunschweig’s important sites with a local certified guide. Begin at the Burgplatz and admire Braunschweig’s symbol, the Brunswick Lion, as well as the cathedral and half-timbered houses of the Chamber of Crafts. Next, see the Town Hall, the former ducal palace, and the Magniviertel, where you’ll find the Happy Rizzi House and many more half-timbered houses. Move on to the Kohlmarkt and hear about its history as a junction of important trade routes in the Middle Ages. Then, explore the center of Hanseatic life in Braunschweig at the Altstadtmarkt. There, see the Altstadtmarkt, the Church of St. Martin, and the Guild house of the Cloth Merchant. The tour ends at the Altstadtmarkt or at your desired point in the city center.

Hanover: Old Town City Quest Smartphone Game

3. Hanover: Old Town City Quest Smartphone Game

Explore Hanover with a smartphone game and puzzle your way through the city's old town. Travel through different parts of Hanover's history and experience the special features and sights around the Leineschloss. Begin your game at Aegidienkirche to see what tasks Sir Peter Morgan has thought up for you. Prove yourself in numerous mini-games and puzzles as a worthy trainee at the Sir Peter Morgan Academy while touring Hanover. During your game discover the numerous picturesque corners of the city. See medieval half-timbered houses in the old town and go by quaint pubs, small cafés and magnificent buildings, such as the new town hall. Also visit Leineschloss and learn about interesting facts about it with your game.

Braunschweig: Scavenger Hunt Box Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Braunschweig: Scavenger Hunt Box Self-Guided Walking Tour

Receive your scavenger hunt box in the mail and discover Braunschweig on your own walking tour. Enjoy learning about the city at your own pace as you solve a variety of puzzles and riddles provided, discovering highlights of the city including Burgplatz, Kohlmarkt and the Michaelisviertel district. Find eleven sealed and numbered envelopes within the box. Decipher small puzzles, led by clear directions as you stroll around Braunschweig. Detailed background information on the history, current use, and more are provided for each point of interest you will discover. Start the tour in the heart of the city, Burgplatz. Visit notable local landmarks such as Kohlmarkt or the fountain of Eulenspiegelbrunnen. The city game takes you through the Magni and Michaelisviertel districts as well as to Jakobs-Kemenate, one of the oldest buildings in the city. Decide for yourself when you start your scavenger hunt tour of the city, and decide how long you want to linger in every place. You can pause the game at any time and even continue your scavenger hunt on a different day for total flexibility. If you need to refuel, stop at one of the cities many cafés, pubs, and restaurants. Sample some local cuisine or beers, and re-start the tour whenever you wish.

Braunschweig: Ghosts, Witches & Cemetery Private Tour

5. Braunschweig: Ghosts, Witches & Cemetery Private Tour

Discover Brunswick's dark, supernatural history with a guided ghost tour from Altstadtmarkt to Kohlmarkt. Wander an medieval cemetery, to old buildings, and ancient half-timbered houses, listening carefully as your guide details haunting stories of vampires, ghosts, zombies, and witches. Meet your guide in Altstadtmarkt and venture to a medieval cemetery hidden beneath the streets of modern-day Brunswick. Slip into a side street lined with half-timbered houses and learn about a hangman who once lived there. Then it's time to visit on of the oldest houses in Brunswick and learn about Mos Teutonicus, a medieval burial method. Hear about other superstitious and dark beliefs, such as how drinking blood was considered a natural source of energy, before ending your tour in Kohlmarkt.

Braunschweig: Witches and Beguines Private Tour

6. Braunschweig: Witches and Beguines Private Tour

Begin at Altstadtmarkt and stroll along the picturesque Echternstraße with half-timbered houses. Next, walk along the medieval defensive city walls and learn about the history of witch trials. Along the way, you will discover the history of the city’s oldest red-light district where the hangman lived, who watched over the ladies of Echternstraße. Stop outside the beguine houses in the Magniviertel at the end of the tour and take some pictures.

Braunschweig: Historic Cemeteries Private Tour

7. Braunschweig: Historic Cemeteries Private Tour

An eventful section of our history is hidden under lawns and stones. The traces of those days are still visible today. The cathedral- and Magnicemetery stand out for their wonderful design and the multitude of personalities buried there. If the cathedral cemetery refers to life and death at the Braunschweig court, the Magnifriedhof is the resting place of the commoners who left their mark on history through their deeds. You will visit Lessing's grave, get to know the builder of the Brunswick Residence Palace and discover secrets of the ancient art of tombstones.

From Hamburg: Private Guided Day Trip to Hanover

8. From Hamburg: Private Guided Day Trip to Hanover

Take a city break in Hanover and discover a mix of old-world charm and green areas and parks. Learn about this city’s history and culture from your guide and relax knowing that private transportation to and from the city is taken care of. Adjust the tour according to your preferences. Begin by getting picked up from your hotel and get taken to Hanover. First stop off at the 300-year old Herrenhauser Gardens, and enjoy the beauty of the most distinguished Baroque gardens in Europe. Spend a couple of hours exploring the fountains and sculptures as well as the Herrenhausen Palace. Follow your guide down Herrenhauser Alley to Hanover city center. Take a look at some of the very few buildings that survived the WWII bombings – including the Market Church, which dates back to the 14th century. Check out the Old Town Hall, with its gothic gables and ornamental frieze. Next, walk towards the castle-like New City Hall. Take in the picturesque landscapes surrounding the building. See the elegant neo-Renaissance building of the Landesmuseum, which hosts 7 centuries of art and history. End at Schützenplatz, home to the Frühlingsfest fairground.

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4.4 / 5

based on 9 reviews

It was extremely good and friendly organization and support in the museum. The exhibition is impressive in conveying the experiences, the individual fates of the emigrants through the centuries. As visitors, we were taken very closely into the experience. Important and good, however, is also the discussion, the look at immigrants and the questions about how we judge things politically. Strengthening the awareness that migration and migratory movements are something very normal in human history, for different reasons, and that the earth is there for all of us. The food in the restaurant was very tasty, but certainly not for every budget. Overall a very nice experience that we shared with our 15 year old grandson. For him, the search for our ancestors who emigrated and whose descendants he met at the big family reunions was very exciting

A great interactive museum with many touching insights. You walk in the footsteps of an emigrant assigned to you personally. Despite a 3-hour stay in the museum, there was far too little time for everything. The personal examination of the topic, as well as answering the questions in the extra area, must take place on the next visit! We will be back! For refreshment, there was delicious fish soup in the outdoor area of the restaurant... Although it is a popular and well-visited museum, it never felt overcrowded. Being there first thing in the morning at 10 a.m. is definitely a good tip. We can highly recommend it.

We loved our guide Andreas he was very friendly and we had a great time!