National Socialism Documentation Center, Cologne

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At National Socialism Documentation Center, you can pay tribute to the victims of Nazi atrocities at Cologne's former Gestapo headquarters. The prisoners and victims who were here wrote the more than 1,800 epitaphs and inscriptions on the prison's walls. Don't miss the exhibit documenting the city's own experience under Nazism. With our online itinerary creator, Cologne attractions like National Socialism Documentation Center can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Great treatment of Cologne history at the time of national socialism in the former Gestapo Central Cologne. If you have the chance to take part in a guided tour you should do so.
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  • We took the audiogiuda in English to follow the details of this museum. Is a former Gestapo Centre, which houses documents and testimonies of the time and fully comprehensible with the Guide; many of the captions are in German only. Cells and underground bunker make an impression, also due to written records.
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  • I find most berührendsten the cells. Go if Museum night is or a good temporary exhibitions!
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  • Very interesting museum with slightly different point of view. I would really suggest this to anyone, who is interested at this topic. Only one part of the exhibition contains English texts, so understanding can be difficult if one does cannot read German. Hopefully everything will be translated at some point.
  • This is a really interesting place to go if you are interested in history. Too bad the first floor is the only one with english text.
  • Very interesting - well set out exhibition. Clearly explained in English.
  • I was really touched by the displays at the museum here. Not since my tour of Dachau many years ago did I feel the pain and torment people who lived through such a horrible time in our society. The Gestapo prison in the basement is incredible: this place is almost completely the same as it was in the 1940s when it was in use. It survived Allied bombing and was then used for storage until recently when it was converted into a museum. Because of this, the ORIGINAL graffiti from the prisoners who were kept here is still there. It is sobering to look into the cells and see the original drawings, poems, or calendars that the prisoners scrawled on the walls to keep hope alive or pass the time. What's more, is that the museum has gone through pain-staking detail to find the prisoners who were here and have them tell their story next to their cell and graffiti. An incredible feat. Highly recommended, and it only costs around 7 EUR (I believe).
  • A fascinating museum with excellent tours. A must-see for those interested in the history of Cologne.