Family Reunion 2015 Hamburg

Dear Overseas-Scribas!
we have some great news for those of you interested in our upcoming reunion in Hamburg. The deal just got even better: The organizers of the Hamburg Cruise Days decided to shift their biannual event so it happens to coincide with our reunion date. The port of Hamburg will host some of the largest and most impressive cruise ships, such as the Queen Mary 2.

On Saturday, September 12th we will charter a bus which takes us on a sightseeing tour of the city and inevitable ends up in the harbor area to have a good look at all the huge and small ves- sels that will be cruising.
Hamburg, which is often referred to as “Gate to the World”, is undergoing a major transformation with a whole new part of the town being developed on former dock yards. These days, it’s hard to take a picture that doesn’t show construction cranes. This mix of leadingedge urban development and a history that goes back to the 9th century makes the second largest city of Germany quite unique.

Another highlight for all of you interested in your German roots might be a visit to the museum of emigration. The history of the so-called Ballinstadt originates about a hundred years ago, when Albert Ballin, director-general of the HAPAG shipping company, built the largest guest house in the world:
the legendary Emigration Halls (Auswandererhallen). Sleeping and living quarters, dining rooms, baths, a church, a synagogue, a music pavilion
and a room for medical examinations made up more than 30 buildings.

Many thousands of people from all over Europe arrived here every week to await the departure of their ship. For approximately five million people, between 1850 and 1934, Hamburg was the gateway to a new life.
In three faithfully reconstructed living and sleeping pavilions, visitors can relive the diverse lives of the emigrants – from their socioeconomic and political backgrounds to their escape to a fresh start in distant America. The combination of interactive displays, historical documents and exhibits opens up a very personalized and human viewpoint of the historical events.
On our registration form, you will find checkboxes to indicate your preferences. We’ll do our best to adjust the program of our city tour to satisfy your curiosity.

Our convention venue is the Christophorus parish hall. It’s a nice place next to a cozy church. After our city tour we will have dinner together and lots of time for family-talk.
The convention program ends on Sunday noon, but we offer assistance for unofficial post-convention activities. In smaller groups, Scribas will
take a stroll along the Alster lake in the city center or visit the world’s largest model train set – or rather a mind-boggling installation spanning several floors of an old harbor warehouse running about one thousand trains on a track length exceeding 13 kilometers.

The coincidence of our reunion with the big harbor event is both a blessing and a curse: As lots of cruise-ship-fans will flood the city, hotel prices are bound to explode as the date arrives.
We have managed to hold a number of modestly-priced rooms at a nice hotel close to our venue, but we must urge you to book these really quickly! We also ask you to register early because we need to plan for buses and catering, all of which will be in big demand during that time, too.

Reunion September 12 / 13 2015

Ev.-luth. Christophorusgemeinde zu Hamburg
Hummelsbüttel Poppenbüttler Stieg 25
22339 Hamburg

We meet at the newly renovated parish hall.
The service on Sunday will be held at the adjoining church.

We have pre-booked a small number of rooms at a nice hotel close to our venue:
Brillkamp 8-10
22339 Hamburg

As demand for hotel rooms will be huge during the harbour event, it is very important that you book your room now! We are happy to assist you booking an extended stay.

Friday, September 11
Those of you arriving early are welcome to join us for an unofficial dinner around 8pm (not included in the convention fee). Please indicate your interest on the registration form. Once we decide on a restaurant, we will let you know the place.

Saturday, September 12
9.30 Welcome Brunch at the reunion venue.
Meet & Greet, excursion details
11.00 Sightseeing tour by chartered bus.
Approx 2h tour of historic and modern Hamburg
13.00 Arrival at the harbor
ship-gazing according to current cruise day program
14.00 Visit to the historic warehouse district (Speicherstadt), new urban development and futuristic philharmonic hall construction site
optional: Museum of emigration (Ballinstadt)
17.00 Option for hotel transfer for an afternoon nap
19.00 Return to hotel / reunion venue
20.00 Dinner
Convention and family-talk
Preliminary program subject to change to accommodate Cruise Days events.

Sunday, September 13
10.00 Religious Service 11.00 Farewell Snack
12.00 End of Family reunion

individual activities in smaller groups
• Walk at the Alster Lake (city center)
• Miniatur Wunderland (world’s larges model railroad)