Berlin Half-Day Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour
Visit Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and learn about the Nazi SS and Gestapo atrocities committed during World War II. See the place where many perished and visit, among others, the punishment cells, execution grounds, and the hospital.
See the "Kapo's" residence
Observe the original gun tower entrance and parade ground
Visit the infirmary and pathology departments, used to carry out autopsies on prisoners who died, and to complete medical experiments
Learn about the security systems of the Camp, which included electrified fences and watchtowers
Observe the disturbing conditions in the Jewish and "forgers" barracks
See the punishment cells, pit, execution area and gallows
Visit the site of the camp brothel
See the unsettling site of the crematorium and "Station Z"
Learn about Russian Special Camp 1/7 post WW2, before the camp was dismantled in 1950
Go to the "Green Monster" SS canteen
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Duration: 6 hoursfrom US$ 20.87
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Built in the summer of 1936, Sachsenhausen initially facilitated the removal of "antisocial" elements of society, as Berlin hosted the spectacular Olympic Games. During the Third Reich more than 200,000 people were imprisoned here by the Nazis, of which some 50,000 were brutally murdered. Sachsenhausen differs to Auschwitz, which implemented the Nazi’s policy of racial genocide. Sachsenhausen victims were a mix of political opponents, and only later groups defined as racially or biologically inferior, mostly from the newly occupied territories of Nazi dominated Europe.
Hear stories of valor from the British Royal Marine Commandos that refused to have their will broken. Learn the fate of Stalin's son, where, as Hitler's personal prisoner, he was detained in isolation for 5 years before his execution. Explore the attempted use of death marches to murder remaining survivors before Soviet liberation. later, visit the punishment cells, execution grounds, crematorium, Pathology Laboratory, hospital, and the gruesome pit where victims were left to rot.
The tour also details life and death in Special Camp No. 1/7, as Sachsenhausen was to become under the Soviets. This special tour around a frightfully storied location of WWII history is harrowing, but it lends visitors an unparalleled insight into the reality of the Holocaust.
What's Not Included:
• Public transport day ticket. An ABC zone ticket for 1 day is necessary for this tour.
Good to Know:
• Please note that there are currently no lunch facilities at the camp. It is best to bring a packed lunch, or just ask the Insider guides/ticket sellers where to get an inexpensive snack to carry-out on the way there
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“excellent tour guide”
Reviewed by Mary from Londond, United Kingdom on February 24th, 2014 My tour guide is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Will definitely recommend this tour to anyone specially my Cesar my guide.
“Both the experience and the tour guide (Caesar) not to be missed!”
Reviewed by Paula from Wayland, United States on January 2nd, 2014 This was an incredible and appropriately disturbing tour. Our tour guide, Caesar, was an extraordinarily knowledgeable historian who not only was well capable of answering every question any of the fifteen members of the group asked, but also provided incredible detail about every aspect of Sachsenhausen and World War II in general. He was very personable and easy to talk with. I would caution that parents should assess what age children this tour is appropriate for as there are very disturbing images and content. I would also caution that there is a great deal of walking and people with limitations or the elderly may have trouble with this. This is not to say that Caesar rushed anyone, he was wonderful about waiting for the slowest members of the group. Overall, this was a phenomenal tour given by a fabulous and extremely well educated professional and, other than the limitations I mention above, a must for everyone visiting the Berlin area!
“Very interesting tour with a super knowledgeable guide”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Berlin, Germany on November 26th, 2013 This is not a happy tour. If you want to learn about what has happened in a Concentration Camp and how it all happened you should do this tour. It is disturbing but it also gives you a lot of insight ad interesting facts, that history lessons don't teach you especially if you have a great tour guide like Roy, who knows everything! I would totally recommend it to everyone. A tip: dress warm if you are going there during the winter, it's a long tour and not a lot of things are heated.
“Unforgettable. Thanks Roy!”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Berlin, Germany on November 19th, 2013 Our guide Roy was a great story teller and made the experience very interactive and interesting. Somber and deeply affecting.
The logistics of the trip were good- except I was expecting to have a bit of time set aside to eat the lunch I brought with me.
Reviewed by Courtney from Dublin, Ireland on October 21st, 2013 This tour was great all in all. Doing something as chilling as visiting a concerntration camp you could never really prepare yourself for it. It was very educational as the tour guide we had (I cant remember his name but he was an American guy) who had lots of experience and was very educated about War history. I went with my boy firend and we both are glad we had the experience but I dont know that we would do it again. It was just a really heavy day with alot of tradigic information which really makes you feel down!
“Informative and moving tour. Roy was an amazing guide. So knowledgable”
Reviewed by Ann from Ballarat, Australia on August 22nd, 2013 Very worthwhile doing this trip. It is a big walk but not difficult.
“Great day of learning about a terrible recent pastime”
Reviewed by Carolyn from Perth, Australia on July 23rd, 2013 This tour was everything I hoped it would be. The guide Nicholai was very knowledgeable, knew dates of everything and had every answer! He took charge of the day and explained very well the structure of the day at the beginning of the tour and during. It is a long day of standing and walking, but worth it. Maybe a little longer in the bookstore and an additional toilet/drink/rest break before we left the camp would be recommended. Nicholai made ver sure we knew our way back to where we started, very friendly guy. I'd recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in this subject, a must see!
Reviewed by ERNEST from SABIE, South Africa on June 13th, 2013 Jared was the best - Firm yet polite, new what he was talking about,
“A very educational and enjoyable experience.”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Orlando, United States on May 6th, 2013 We took the English-speaking tour. Our guide's name was Finn. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the concentration camp and the history of Germany in general. He brought extra pictures that he passed out so that we could learn about aspects that were not directly covered in the exhibitions of the concentration camp. It was obvious that this was not merely a job for him, but a research project that he enjoyed studying on his own and sharing the results of his studies.
Afterward, Finn took us back to the train station, asked each individual if they had any additional questions, and helped anyone connect with the right train to their next destination.
Overall, I'd say to anyone thinking of seeing the concentration camp that they should take the tour rather than try to see it by themselves. The amount of content added by a guide like Finn will allow you to learn far more than you would ever have picked up on your own.
“A tour everyone should make.”
Reviewed by John from Dereham, United Kingdom on November 8th, 2012 Guide Maria was fantastic and her knowledge of the camp was amazing. The time flew by and we could have easily spent much longer there, we will almost certainly return. A chilling story, not the mind blowing numbers we had seen at Bergen Belsen but more disturbing in the practices and methods used without regard to human life. A tour everyone should take.
“Sad and disturbing but a must see!”
Reviewed by Hande from London, United Kingdom on October 21st, 2012 An incredible experience. The tour was well organised, our tour guide Jessica was passionate and very knowledgable. Very sad and shocking as to what happened there, I will never understand how this was allowed to happen. A must see - disturbing but a huge slice of history that must be seen.
“Excellent, knowledgable, friendly guide (Jessica)”
Reviewed by Kirstin from Edinburgh, United Kingdom on October 19th, 2012 We found Jessica's tour of Sachsenhausen fascinating and appropriately pitched. She was extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer additional questions. Very approachable and friendly - would definately recommend!
“Inspiring and passionately delivered guided tour.”
Reviewed by Irene from Ipswich, United Kingdom on September 1st, 2012 The best guided tour that we have been on and we have done quite a few. Even though we have been to Auschwitz and other camps, this tour was well worth going on. Our guide, Mike, a self professed history buff, held our attention from beginning to end with his knowledge and passionate delivery of Germany's history from this period.
First class, I would encourage anyone to take this tour.
“Walking tour and Sachsenhausen Memorial tour.”
Reviewed by Mitos from New Smyrna Beach, United States on May 16th, 2012 Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour.
Mike the tour giuide was awesome! I couldn't say enough about how informative, knowledgable, and vibrant he was. Mike was infectious in regards to his enthusiasm for Berlin. I had 2 days with Mike-
The walking tour & Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp tour. I would highly recommend taking both tours and plan to revisit Berlin in the near future. It has been a wonderful experience and I can't wait to go back.
Reviewed by Michael from Partridge Green, United Kingdom on May 1st, 2012 Very good visit. Our tour guide, Michael, was extremely knowledgeable and handled this very difficult subject with great sensitivity.
“Excellent Tour and Tour Guide”
Reviewed by Dawn from Baton Rouge, United States on February 3rd, 2012 We had Nigel Dunkly as our tour guide. He did and excellent job. His knowledge was vast. I have been to Germany many times and have studied WWII history for years. Nigel suprised me with facts that I never knew. His relationships with locals and people who were witnesses to this tragic place helped us understand not only the facts but it added a personal connection. His insight allowed him to give us a factual but respectful tour of this solemn site. I would highly recommend this tour and tour guide.
“tour guides passion for the material brought the content home for my g”
Reviewed by Annalynn from chicago, United States on December 31st, 2011 Great tour.
Lots of info.
Could spent more time in areas but that wasnt expected of the tour so we were fine with it.
“It was an amazing tour. Nigel was a fantastic guide”
Reviewed by Robert from new albany, United States on December 25th, 2011 If you like history then this tour is a must. Nigel was our guide and he was incredibly knowledgable.
“Impressive Tour - Must See!”
Reviewed by Matt from melbourn, Australia on September 24th, 2011 We just spent a few days in Berlin, but absolutely wanted to see Sachsenhausen. It is very impressive. The tour is the perfect way to get the most out of this trip. It will knock you off your feet!
“assolutamente da fare”
Reviewed by Alessandro from Siracusa, Italy on February 23rd, 2014 Andare a Berlino e non conoscere fino in fondo quello che orribilmente è stato parte della Germania e di conseguenza dell'umanità non è concepibile. Sicuramente un tour emozionante ben guidato da esperte e simpatiche guide. IMPERDIBILE
“Interessante tour, iets om gedaan te moeten hebben!”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Enschede, Netherlands on January 9th, 2014 Wij hebben een geweldige tour gehad. Finn was onze 'tourguide' en vertelde alles erg duidelijk, erg veel en erg goed! Geweldig.
Het was wel een erg lange dag, vermoeiend met luisteren en verwerken van de Engelse taal en daarnaast veel staan en lopen.
Het was het driedubbeldwars waard.
“de combinatie van persoonlijke ervaringen + veel kennis is uitstekend”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from apeldoorn, Netherlands on December 23rd, 2013 Hoe gek het ook klinkt maar het was een leuke dag Boeiende gids prima organisatie
“Sehr spannende und lehrreiche Tour”
Reviewed by Nikola from Berlin, Germany on November 20th, 2013 Die Tour ist sehr spannend und gibt nochmal ganz neue Hintergründe über KZs in Deutschland. Unser Tourguide Roy war sehr gut und kannte sich extrem gut mit dem Thema aus.
“Informativ-interessant-fachlich sehr gut - 100% zu empfehlen”
Reviewed by Beate from Asker, Norway on March 4th, 2013 WIr hatten Maria, einen Guide, der viele Sprachen sprechen konnte. Sie hatte gute Fachkenntnisse und hat die Tour freundlich und professionell durchgeführt. Meine Schulklasse und ich waren sehr zufrieden.
Einziges drawback: Wir hatten eine Tour auf Deutsch bestellt, bekamen jedoch eine Tour auf Englisch. Ich hatte bei der Anmeldung explizit eine Tour auf Deutsch bestellt, wurde jedoch nicht kontaktiert um darüber informiert zu werden, dass keine deutschen Touren angeboten werden. Für mich war eine deutsche Tour sehr wichtig, da ich mit einer ausländischen Deutschklasse unterwegs war. Der Touranbieter hielt es jedoch nicht für nötig, mich darüber zu informieren, sodass ich eventuell einen anderen Anbieter hätte wählen können. Dies hat mich geärgert!
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