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Ancestors in Germany – Travel Germany


A leisure trip, but also in search of roots in Germany

In the 19th and 20th centuries there was a large migratory flow of Germans due to social problems occurring in Europe. In this way, they were looking for a destination for a new life, and the destination chosen by around 250 thousand Germans was Brazil, mainly the south of the country. Many people are curious to know where their family's surname comes from, or where the city or village is where their German ancestors came from.

Pomerode, in Santa Catarina – the strong German influence left by emigrants is still present in the city's architecture, traditions and customs.

Have you ever thought about visiting the place where your German ancestors came from? Do you know where your surname comes from and would you like to visit the place? Your trip to Germany can become even richer with the experience of getting to know these places. With our guides and personalized trips, you can visit the same places your German ancestors visited. But how is this possible? In Germany there are many museums and regions where you can find your surname, e.g.:

• Hunsrück Region

Geierlay, the longest suspension bridge in Germany, located in the Hunsrück region.

The Hunsrück region, surrounded by the beautiful valleys of the Rhine and Mosel rivers, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, is a place that attracts many tourists, not only because of its beauty, but because many German emigrants left from Hunsrück in the 19th century. To this day, variations of the Hunsriquean dialect are spoken in some communities of German descent in Brazil.

• BallinStadt – Emigration Museum – Hamburg

Port of Hamburg, where many immigrants embarked in search of better living conditions.

The largest guest house in the world, built in 1901, the place offered shelter and lodging for emigrants. The project was created by businessman Albert Ballin, director of HAPAG at the time. To search for your German ancestors, BallinStadt offers access to the passenger list database from 1850 to 1934.

• German Emigration Center Bremerhaven – Bremen

Deutsches Auswandererhaus (House of German Emigration) in Bremerhaven.

In this interactive museum, visitors follow the same steps as an Emigrant from their departure, experiences and arrival to the New World. At the end, the visitor has access to two international databases to search for their German ancestors.

• DOMiD- Documentation center and museum about migration in Germany – Cologne

City of Cologne, the largest city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Built by immigrants in 1900, the site has the largest collection of migration objects and reports. Its documentation center is open to the public by appointment.