Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: Germany, Germany, Berlin
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  • 6 hours
  • Berlin
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Head north of Berlin for a tour into the past at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, one of the main concentration camps in Nazi Germany. While you explore the memorial site with a guide, you'll learn the history of the camp and those imprisoned here, providing an essential background to Germany's past and present.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small group ensures personal service

While the Nazis were hosting the 1936 Olympic games, slave laborers were being forced to build a huge concentration camp just north of Berlin, intended to hold political 'enemies' of the Nazi regime political, racial and 'asocial'. Of the 200,000 people interned, more than 50,000 lost their lives before the camp was liberated by the Soviets in 1945.
The camp was then used by the Soviets until 1950 to detain former Nazis, German soldiers and political opponents of the communists. Many thousands more died from malnutrition and disease.
The key to this walking tour is the informative and illuminating narrative provided by your expert tour guide. During your 3-hour visit to the camp, you'll learn important background history of the site as you walk through the Appellplatz parade ground, the Jewish Barrack, punishment cells, execution grounds and crematorium, Station Z, the Pathology Laboratory and camp hospital.
This tour was researched by historian Gabriel Fawcett, who is publishing an important witness account of the camp. All tour guides have their own special insights into the history of Sachsenhausen, and are experienced in unraveling the complex history of the Third Reich and the Holocaust.

Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • City map, including information regarding public transport and the best of Berlin's museums and nightlife

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Berlin Transport ABC Zone ticket (approx 3.30 Euros each way) that is available from your guide on the day
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Departure Time

10:00 AM


Return Details

Concludes at Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

6 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Kate S

I did this walking tour with Rob S, who was a brilliant, knowledgeable guide. He was very passionate about the history of the concentration camp and gave a lot of background that you wouldn't get if you did the camp by yourself. While i would have liked a little more time to really feel and process what i was looking at, i found this tour excellent, well organised and great value.

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eljumad

This was a very good tour of an obviously very serious part of history. Our guide, Stephen G was very knowledgeable, informative and handled the tour very well.
Definitely recommended not only for history buffs, but anyone interested in seeing what humans can do to each other....

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Karen D

Such a beautiful, yet sober memorial. It definitely makes one think about humanity and the atrocities we can be capable of. Hopefully mankind in seeing this extraordinary exhibit will not repeat those same errors.

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Simon F

Beth was our guide on a day out of Berlin at the former Concentration camp.
Our first trip to Germany and we felt we must take in as much historical fact as possible.
Beth began by taking us on a short walk to our station where we caught a train out to Oranienburg, remember to pre purchase a Berlin welcome card including zone 3 as this trip takes you out of the city to it's furthest point, before setting out Beth explained a lot of the history setting the scene, then followed a 45 minute train ride, we assembled on the platform and after a further conversation followed Beth to the site taking us on the same journey the prisoners would have done in the 30's and 40's.
Walking through the streets and out through residential housing it was hard to believe that such a dark place could function alongside normality.
It was an extensive tour, so much detail and a true feeling of what happened here.
Beth articulated all the detail with ease, always happy to answer questions also.
I'm not about to go into detail of what followed, you really need to come here and experience it for yourself.
Something to note, if you are doing this trip from Berlin there is nowhere to buy food and drink at the site, it's a good 6 hour trip at least including travel so arrive prepared, there are great bakeries inside the station near the meeting point so buy fresh and support the local economy.
Also there is little in the way of shelter on the tour so be prepared for all element just in case.
Thank you Beth, in our 4 days this was the most intense tour we did but also the most in depth, I often shy away from too much history but I've honestly never been as engaged in a subject with a tour guide. Well done.

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lopez.estrella

Easy to find meeting point and good directions Our guide Ceasar was very knowledgable and when confronted by a controversal person handled it very professionel this is a walking tour so be prepared to walk and bring food and water

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Animation in kitchen - Parsnips judging carrots in show of superiority

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Wash basin in Jewish barracks - 200-300 prisoners crammed in twice daily

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Razor wire in the Neutral Zone

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Toilets in the Jewish barracks - SS sometimes drowned prisoners in bowels

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Neutral Zone where prisoners were shot on sight for stepping over the line

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Work Makes You Free

On the front entrance gates to Sachsenhausen is the infamous slogan Arbeit Macht Frei ( and quot;work makes (you) free and quot;).

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Block A and the clock showing

11.07 - the time when the camp was liberated

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The Barracks

One of the original barracks standing.

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The Perimeter Fence to Protect the Inmates!

The combination of barbed wire, concrete walls and electrified fencing only allowed one inmate to escape. He was turned in by local villagers and that was the end of his story.

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