Product ID: 2385

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Day Tour

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Travel back to the dark days of Nazi Germany on a 6-hour tour of the Sachsenhausen Memorial, traveling from Berlin by public transit. Purpose-built in 1936 by the SS, Sachsenhausen saw some 50,000 executions during World War II.
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Duration 6 hours
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  • Explore the memorial site of Sachsenhausen
  • Learn about the execution of more than 50,000 prisoners during World War II
  • See the remains of execution trenches, barrack blocks and punishment cells
  • Go to the Pathology Lab and the camp hospital
  • Wander the "Appellplatz" (parade ground)
  • Hear stories of resistance and famous escapes
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Take an emotional tour of the memorial site of Sachsenhausen, one of the main concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Purpose built in 1936 by the SS - the 2nd major camp to be constructed after Dachau - it was set up to detain all "enemies" of the Nazi regime.

Traveling from Berlin by public transport, transfer to Sachsenhausen, approximately 20 miles north of the city center. Upon arrival, you will learn why Sachsenhausen was created and why the Nazis developed the concentration camp system.

Learn what conditions were like inside the camp, and how they worsened after the outbreak of World War II. Your guide will describe acts of defiance by British POWs, and acts of sabotage by Soviet and Polish POWs, as well as how the story of the camp was manipulated by communist East Germany after 1950.

At the entrance gates, see the infamous slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” ("Work Makes (You) Free"), while inside discover memorial staues and plaques, as well as the remains of the watchtowers, barrack blocks, and execution areas.

Although at times an unavoidably uncomfortable experience, the tour also includes inspiring stories of resistance. Learn about the revolt of Jewish prisoners in 1942, and how some Jewish prisoners survived by counterfeiting millions of pounds sterling in the forgery workshop. Hear about notable escapes, including the tunnel dug by “Jimmy” James, and the terrible story of the “death march” ahead of the camp’s liberation in 1945.
  • Free map of Berlin
  • Info on public transport, and the best of Berlin's museums, hostels and restaurants
What’s Not Included
  • Public transport tickets

When you get there

Meeting point

Outside Restaurant Weihenstephaner opposite Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station.

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Know before you go
• Please note that the tour runs in all weather conditions, and on all public holidays (except 25 December and 01 January)
• A public transport ticket is required for this tour