Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Day Small-Group Tour

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Travel to the former Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and explore the vast memorial with a licensed guide. Benefit from small groups of max. 15 people on this tour.

Highlights

  • 5.5-6 hours tour including travel time
  • Unravel the complex history of the Holocaust
  • See the Tower A with the infamous 'work sets you free' slogan on the gate
  • Walk through the Station Z “execution center” memorial
  • See the Jewish Baracks, shoe testing track, prison kitchen & infirmary barracks

Description

Experience an in-depth tour of the Concentration Camp Memorial site at Sachsenhausen, one of the main concentration camps of Nazi Germany in the Second World War. Built in 1936 by the SS - the second major camp to be constructed after Dachau - it was set up to detain all opposition to the Nazi regime. Meet your expert guide, who is specially trained by Original Berlin Walks and officially licensed by the Memorial, in the city centre of Berlin and travel together to Sachsenhausen by public transport, approximately 20 miles north of the city center. Upon arrival, you will learn why the camp was created and how the Nazis developed the concentration camp system. Using witness accounts and the latest historical research, your guide will explain what everyday life was like inside the camp, as prisoners underwent forced labour in conditions of appalling brutality. See various memorial statues and plaques, as well as the remains of the watchtowers, barrack blocks, and execution areas while your guide thoughtfully puts everything into the historic context. 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 different prisoner groups and touching escape stories, including the tunnel dug by “Jimmy” James, and the history of the ‘Death March’ ahead of the camp’s liberation in 1945. After the tour, your guide will take you back to Berlin via train, arriving in a centrally located station such as Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, or Gesundbrunnen. Please be prepared that the tour can be emotionally challenging and contains a lot of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes, and also weather-appropriate clothing. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water and a snack with you as the tour is quite long and there are no shops or cafés in/around the memorial site. A percentage of every ticket sold for this tour is sent to the memorial site to make sure that this important place of memory and education can be used sustainably by individual visitors, schools, and tour groups.

Includes

Licensed and trained guide Memorial fee €3 donation to the camp memorial

Important Information

  • Please note that the tour runs in all weather conditions and the site can be muddy after rain • A public transport (ABC) ticket is required for this tour
  • Please note that there is no possibility to buy drinks or snacks on site
  • We recommend comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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