Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: Germany, Berlin, 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.

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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Departure Point

Neue Promenade, 10178 Berlin, Germany


Departure Time

10:00 AM


Return Details

Einkaufsbahnhof Berlin Hbf, Europaplatz 1, 10557 Berlin, Germany

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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john_reichel2000

It is a long day but well worth it. We received a huge amount of information and it is something that you should visit. Our guide was Heidi and she did a wonderful job.

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Michelle B

We learnt so much on this tour. Our guide was very informative. Brilliant day and well worth the visit.......

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Teresa T

A very worthwhile experience with a well informed and passionate guide. This really is an essential tour to do whilst in Berlin in order to gain an understanding and perspective of what happened during the National Socialist era.

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Michael V

The tour was very informative - the guide was expremely good and added to value to the experience. It was important to understand the impact of human behaviour on society and hope it is never repeated. I think everyone should part-take in a tour such as this to appreciate how lucky we are.

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Jennie V

Our tour guide was "Voutor" (like 'Walter') was a very friendly guy. He sounded so passionate when he talks about the history of the camp. He was very informative and summarized what happened at this location and this building, etc. so he could give us some time to explore the museum. He must've felt a little awkward that not a lot of us asked questions but,again, that was because he explained everything in details, and that's great! At the end of the tour, Walter was polite enough to thank everyone for joining him..... and then a loud explosion shot out from about a few miles away from us, which we later found out it was an old WW2 bomb that the police/military probably dug up and detonate it. Walter joked, "Well.... I guess our tour ended with a bang." I've always wanted to go and visit one of these camps to see how it is and I am very glad that I chose this tour and got Walter as my guide. I would definitely love to have him as our guide again.

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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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