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  3. Sachsenhausen Memorial

From Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour

Product ID: 4827
Step inside Sachsenhausen Memorial and learn of the site’s terrible history and see poignant memorials, such as the killing center and gallows.
About this activity
Duration: 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Take a train ride through the lovely forests of north Berlin
  • Explore the dark history of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • See the location of the gas chambers and gallows
  • Learn about life in the camp during World War II and after
Full description
Explore Sachsenhausen Memorial on the outskirts of Berlin on a half-day walking tour. Though the camp was vast, the 5.5-hour excursion will focus on the prison camp proper. You will see the external SS training camp, where Kommandant Hoss from Auschwitz was trained and explore the interior of the camp grounds.

The tour starts with a 50-minute train ride through the lovely forests of the northern suburbs. Upon arrival at Sachsenhausen, explore the history of the camp, which goes beyond the devastations of World War II. Enter at Tower A and stand on the registration compound, before seeing the Jewish Barracks, boot testing track, gallows, East German memorial, Station Z killing center, gas chamber, and industrial yard. Finally you will visit the hospital and pathology building.

An expert guide will tell you of the bleak existence inside the Gestapo prison and of the laborers who were forced to build it just as the world’s eyes were diverted by the 1936 Olympic Games. You will also learn how the camp was kept in use after the Soviet liberation in 1945, by both the Soviets and East Germans.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance and donation to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp memorial site
What’s Not Included
  • Berlin public transport ticket for zones A, B and C (required for this tour)
  • Food and drink

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of Starbucks Café, near Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz 4, Berlin. Please look for the guides with the red umbrellas and t-shirts.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Public transport ticket
Know before you go
• The tour helps support the Memorial through its donations
• For this tour, you will need to get a Berlin public transport ticket for zones A, B, and C (not included)
• There will be no breaks for drinks or snacks during the tour
• Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free, proof of a valid ID may be required. Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Wheelchair accessible, but please note the ground can get muddy during the winter months
• Between October 21, 2019 and March 15, 2020, the memorial exhibitions will be closed on Mondays; the Visitor Center and the Memorial will remain open
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1997 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
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Chris is an exceptional guide! He was so informative about the tour and answered all our questions, not just about the camp but the history of Berlin and Germany. This tour is exceptionally good value and worth using a day of your holiday to learn about the history of these atrocities. Good footwear required.

February 26, 2020

Our guide on 19 Feb 2020 was Ernestina Moses and she was absolutely fantastic. As a native Australian her English was mother tongue. Very knowledgeable and friendly and clearly passionate about communicating the history to us in a really engaging and appropriate manner. This was probably the best excursion we did on our holiday. Highly recommend. It is a fast paced 20 min walk (to get from station to camp and then 20 min return) which suited us. Absolutely excellent. Wrap up warm on a cold day as the camp is quite exposed.

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February 22, 2020

Really worth doing and wouldn’t recommend, can’t imagine doing the tour without a tour guide. Stephen was amazing, couldn’t believe all the knowledge, facts, figures, quotes he had in his head! He’s a lovely guy and kept a good atmosphere throughout, considering where we were this definitely isn’t an easy job. Thank you Stephen!

February 16, 2020

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