Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour
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
Step inside Sachsenhauser, the concentration camp that set the standard for all those that followed. Learn of the site’s terrible history and see poignant memorials, such as the killing center, gallows, and more.
The memorial is 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.
• Guided tour
What's Not Included:
• A Berlin ABC Travel Card (transit card for all public transport zones - required for the tour)
Good to Know:
The tour helps support the Memorial through its donations.
For this tour you will need to get Berlin ABC Travel card (not included).
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Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Perugia, Italy on August 17th, 2014 A bit too quick.
“Great History Experience”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from rancho palos verdes, United States on August 1st, 2014 Our Guide Rob Shaw was an excellent guide for this tour. Our tour was 11:30 am. He was very knowledgeable, energetic and charismatic guide. He kept whole 6 hour trip into a very exciting event. We learned so much about history and the journey to the concentration camp was an excellent one.
“Very informative and moving experience.”
Reviewed by Michael from Belfast, United Kingdom on July 18th, 2014 Our tour guide Rob, was very knowledgable and well informed about Sachsenhausen and the Nazi propaganda machine that created the conditions in which death camps like this were built. He delivered that knowledge in a straightforward and clear way that really helped us to understand the horrors that happened there. The whole day was very moving and although we left feeling sad for the innocent people that died there, we were glad we went. Places like this serve as chilling reminders of how cruel and intolerable human beings can be to each other but by visiting Sachsenhausen (and other concentration camps), hopefully can make a positive difference to the generations that follow us and in turn make a better world for everyone.
“Very informative, emotional & sad too.”
Reviewed by Carmel from Yarraville, Australia on July 15th, 2014 Guide Sam was fabulous. Very passionate about this place.
“Must have experience. Amazing tour guide.”
Reviewed by Alexi from Berlin, Germany on July 1st, 2014 I would highly recommend not only seeing Sachsenhausen first hand but booking it with Sandeman's because just how knowledgeable their guides are and its an absolute treat to spend the afternoon with one of them. You will learn so much! My guide was able to really connect with our group and fully experience the intensity of Sachsenhausen, give such an intelligent historical context and history lesson before and during the tour, along with going above and beyond and sending all of us who wanted one, a reading list of books he referenced during the tour! Rob was an amazing guide!!
“Very enlightening and interesting tour”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Berlin, Germany on June 25th, 2014 Our guide was very knowledgeable and had clearly researched a lot about the topic as he had an answer for every question the group shot. Was a bit unfortunate that it rained for a bit so the outside part was a bit rushed and uncomfortable but the guide played well around it by moving us to covered locations. Great eye opening experience if you want to learn a lot about the horrors of concentration camps and the holocaust.
“Difficult subject well handled by guide,”
Reviewed by Andrew from Berlin, Germany on May 27th, 2014 Difficult subject well handled by guide - he was very well informed on Nazi history and explained how the camp fit in with the Third Reich era, and day to day goings on in the camp.
“A thought provoking visit”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Nottingham, United Kingdom on April 8th, 2014 The journey to the camp was easy enough and our guide was very knowledgeable. We were very disappointed however that the last hour was very very rushed and we were herded out of the camp by her and too much time was wasted in certain parts. We were over 20 minutes late leaving Berlin due to chaos ( not caused by the marathon as that had all but cleared) this impacted on our time at the camp. I would still say i learnt a lot an she did a good job but we were left feeling we need to go back to take in the 2nd part of the camp again.
“Very moving informative and important w/ great guide.”
Reviewed by Victoria from Portland, United States on April 3rd, 2014 As above but wish we had had more time and more conversation .
“A most thoughtful and memorable visit from a guide with real knowledge”
Reviewed by ANDREW from CANTERBURY, KENT, United Kingdom on February 23rd, 2014 Everything about the whole experience was first class. I joined a group of 35 other visitors and we were well looked after by our guide. The guide ensured that the visit maintained an excellent pace and he was particularly strong on the psychological aspect of Nazism.
“Absolutely super to do this tour with Sady!”
Reviewed by Jeffrey from Hoorn, Netherlands on December 31st, 2013 It was super the way Sady was given us the story about the history of this horrifying camp. Her emotional interest made the tour unforgettable.
“Informed but not entertained”
Reviewed by Julie from Kent, United Kingdom on December 23rd, 2013 Our guide was very well informed and helpful. An absolute must when visiting this memorial.
Reviewed by Flavio from Zürich, Switzerland on October 5th, 2013 Very good but short in time to look more deeply into things.
“Very informative and thought provoking tour, sensitively handled!”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Carlisle, United States on August 28th, 2013 Having never been to a concentration camp before, this was certainly an eye-opening experience. Rob S. was an excellent guide, clearly very knowledgeable about the subject as well as with psychology in general. He blended just the right amount of humor with sobriety to delicately educate us on such horrific events in our world's history.
“An excellent tour...”
Reviewed by Joseph from Rensselaer, United States on June 27th, 2013 This was truly an amazing experience for many reasons. George was our guide and he was phenomenal as he gave detailed explanations and reasons. He had such conviction with his thoughts as he helped tried to help us all understand the complexity and severeness of the camp. This was not an easy tour for anyone there and everyone came away with some different understanding or aspect. I've been to Dachau and I wanted my partner to experience this. I came away with learning even more. We both came away with hope and encouragement for mankind. It is a tour everyone should seriously consider.
“Was very good and interesting”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Gießen, Germany on July 28th, 2012 I can recommend it
Reviewed by Maitane from Denzlingen, Germany on June 5th, 2012 Highly interesting tour from the excellent guide Andreas.
“Excellent Tour - Would Thoroughly Recommend.”
Reviewed by Danielle from Hassocks, United Kingdom on April 12th, 2012 I congratualate you in particular on your excellent guide, Barry, whose considerable knowledge, clear presentation and friendly approach made all the difference in the world. Rather than just presenting the facts, Barry's sensitive handling of this difficult subject helped us to think further than the obvious, and he was always happy to answer our questions. The practical arrangements all worked out fine and it was also very easy to book. Thank you.
“Very interesting, well done tour.”
Reviewed by Annabel from Claremont, Australia on December 18th, 2011 A really well organised and well presented tour.
“Highly informative must see & hear tour, thoroughly recommended!”
Reviewed by Sharon from Newtownards, United Kingdom on November 30th, 2011 Tour guide GEORGE was excellent. His passion & knowledge second to none! Would thoroughly recommend tour. Seeing where it all happened made it all very real & an explanation & commentary on each site was very helpful in piecing events together. Something we should never forget.
“The tour was great; could perhaps have gone into a bit more detail.”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bielefeld, Germany on October 25th, 2011 I really enjoyed the tour. Perhaps you could have got a bit more information and been able to spend longer at each place.
Reviewed by Jenni from Helsinki, Finland on June 18th, 2011 I was in guided tour in Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the 14th June 2011 in Berlin. Our guide was Paulo. He was an excellent guide, one of the best guides that I have ever met. I can warmly recommend his tours. It made every difference to the trip to the horrific site of history.
“Excellent tour guide”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from norwich, United Kingdom on May 20th, 2011 The tour was very interesting and the guide had obviously done alot of research. The topic was handled in a sensitive appropriate manner.
“Very interesting and informative.”
Reviewed by Annelise from Winterthur, Switzerland on May 1st, 2011 However, the directions to the meeting place were inexact. It just said "at the Brandenburg Gate." Would have been better if they'd written "at the Starbuck's."
“Very good tour”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from hannover, Germany on March 15th, 2011 recommended
Reviewed by Elvira from Westboro, United States on November 29th, 2010 The tour itself was excellent. The tour guide was highly respectful of the basis of the tour, very well informed, and clearly with a strong commitment to the tour and our education.
The only downside of the tour is the walking distance to and from the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp from the train station. The walk needs to be broken up more with educational stops, coffee breaks, or transportation provided.
Reviewed by Colleen from La Celle St Cloud, France on November 21st, 2010 Tour was well organized and informative, the guide was obviously passionate about this part of history and was very knowledgeable. Covered as much as can be expected for the allowed time. Would recommend this tour for anyone wanting to know more about the Sachsenhausen Concentration camp.
Reviewed by Ronald from Bartlett, United States on November 14th, 2010 We felt fortunate to have had George as our guide. His subject approach, knowledge and insight are a plus for any Berlin tourist.
Reviewed by Jacquie from snodland, United Kingdom on October 29th, 2010 Very moving tour, our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable, gave us time to look around and could answer every question. Would highly recommend this tour
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Tolkkinen, Finland on October 18th, 2010 Detailed information. Guide was good, and also in the train took well care of us.
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“Absolutely super to do this tour with Sady!”
“Very moving informative and important w/ great guide.”