National Socialism Documentation Center, Cologne

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. To visit National Socialism Documentation Center on your holiday in Cologne, and find out what else Cologne has to offer, use our Cologne driving holiday app .
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  • The Museum is very well preserved and explained everything clearly. It is also cheap. I recommend it a lot.
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  • It’s a very important part of the German history and even though it was open very late, almost two decades after the World War ended, it is very well documented and informative. It’s not for the faint...  more »
  • We spent hours here. Read some very moving inscriptions from prisoners, who were tortured and many were hung here too. A must to visit to appreciate the suffering of innocent people during and before ...  more »
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  • Prepare to feel incredibly sad and mournful. I learned more about WWII in this building than I have ever learned in school or anywhere else. You will see the writing on the walls from inmates that were packed into cells, and many were later hung. The upper floors contain a walk through of the history of how the war begun and all the way up until it ended in Cologne. I strongly urge you to experience this place with the assistance of a handheld audio tour guide. Plan to be there for several hours of you wish to get the most out of it. The cost is quite cheap, especially considering vast amount of knowledge and experience one gains here.
  • Truly amazing exhibit. Was really interesting and slightly terrifying standing where so many people died and to see the inside of a Gestapo prison in the heart of cologne
  • Sobering but really obligated visit. Not for the faint hearted, the cruelty, evil of fascism can be experienced here in its most realistic and crude form. Jail cells were actual people were tortured and killed, where the walls contain the victim's writing, all of them too painful.
  • Great stories. Shame the Gestapo got rid of their torture instruments immediately after war to save their buttocks.
  • It is true that the two upper floors of the museum have no English translations for the exhibits. But it is worth the entry fee just to visit the basement area, it is heart wrenching and a very well preserved document on the history of the area and the prisoners who lived and died there.
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