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Mauthausen Memorial - KZ-Gedenkstatte, Linz

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Mauthausen Memorial - KZ-Gedenkstatte shares the story of a concentration camp, introduces you to its inhabitants, and takes you on a journey through their lives and deaths. Although the exact number of deaths is unknown, it's estimated to have been between 122,700 and 320,000. Walk through interpretive exhibits with more than 100 original objects, plus 30 videos and audio interviews with survivors and witnesses. You'll be able to pass through rooms where inmates from more than 40 countries lived, as well as through gas chambers where they were suffocated and crematoriums where bodies were disposed of. This attraction is not recommended for children under age 14. Using our world travel planner, Linz attractions like Mauthausen Memorial - KZ-Gedenkstatte can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Impressive at first sight, once you pass the front desk, everything relaxes, is all very careful and full of excursions for children and youth, which exert strong pressure for you to see what happened here!
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  • This is a very well preserved WWII concentration camp set up by the Nazi regime. It is a powerful reminder of the horrors that can be wrought in the time of desperation, confusion, anger, and war. The...  more »
  • While of course this is a very solemn and historically important site reminding us of the atrocities of WWII, it is very well done. A numbered self-guided tour takes you through the various buildings,...  more »
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  • Well worth the visit. This place was great for a day visit from Salzburg. It was our Favorite thing we did during our Salzburg visit. (Mind you we love WW2 history) I think 4 hours could be expected to spend at the museum if you do the full audio guide (recommended, well put together). The film was educational and interesting, giving some insight to the camp and town. The camp was powerful, walk down to the quarry if it isn't too hot. The museum at the end is worth spending an hour in if you have time to watch some of their video clips. Note: Total trip took about 2 hours to get there and totaled $32 each way for train, and $3 for shuttle to the museum, and the actual museum costed $3 for English audio guide. There is no bus stop at the museum, but you can call a taxi/ shuttle and share with other museum goers.
  • I've been to Dachau in Munich and felt i'd already seen what there was to see about the holocaust. I also didn't want to experience sadness and maybe even depression on my European vacation. However my family begged to go and i'm glad I caved to them. This one of the most powerful historic sites I've ever been to. The exhibits are well executed, the grounds are kept in order, and the camp has an atmosphere of healing and remembrance. Lending to this feeling there are abundant monuments honoring the dead while also showing the sheer pointlessness and hatefully acts of the Nazi regime. When you visit the gas chambers and cremation ovens you'll see personal pictures and tributes to the victims. I left feeling like this place truly a message healing and educating mankind to never letting this happen again. This place will explain to you that the holocaust wasn't just the work of Hitler but there was a countless horde of villains and folks who did nothing to stop this. you're in the area, whatever your feeling may be, do not miss this site.
  • Very well restored memorial for a place everyone should visit to see the place where horrors went on just few decades ago.
  • Mauthausen, like all concentration camps, will have a profound effect on you. It is always important to remember our history. I give this attraction 3 stars because it is very obvious that the Austrian government tried to avoid building this as long as possible, and due to that, most materials were lost. It is very very sad. Very little of the original structure remains, as it was left to rot for 30 years. I left, not only feeling the weight of our world, but also disappointed in Austria. If you are planning a special trip through Europe, I would suggest that you visit a different Camp, whic may have been better preserved. If you live in Austria and just want a weekend out, I would suggest you consider a visit.
  • The Mauthausen Memorial is incredibly well restored and setup for tourists. Anyone who visits will appreciate the sad events which took place here. You will be somber and quiet when you leave.