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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen was originally built to house political opponents of the Nazi regime. Its purpose gradually expanded, and the camp eventually imprisoned ordinary Jews, intellectuals, gypsies, and homosexuals. Some of the original buildings of the camp complex have been preserved in their original form and are now open to the public as a museum. The existing buildings include several prisoner barracks and a pathology department, where Nazi doctors performed medical experiments on the prisoners. You can take part in one of several weekly guided tours offered here, for which no prior registration is necessary. To visit Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and get the most from your holiday in Oranienburg, create itinerary details personal to you using our Oranienburg trip itinerary planner.
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This is a place where learning, reflection, and remembering can happen. Excellent organization of the self guided tour. I honestly think that although this place was sad, and the artifacts and stories... more »
Everyone visiting Germany should visit a Concentraion Camp out of respect for those who suffered or lost their lives during the Nazi regime. Our guide, Dennis, was a little verbose, but he told the st... more »
It is impossible to write a review of a Concentration Camp. The atrocities that took place in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and the philosophical issues are personal and are open to subjective inte... more »
Really worth a visit. Avoid tour guides from Berlin if possible. I took the insider tour and felt it was rushed through. Start early and reach by 10. You will need good 5 hours with a half an hour break. Enormous amount of detailing already exists and you could take a audio guide if you like. Go to the cinema theatre for a half an hour movie too. I allowed the tour company to return back and stayed another two hours to get a feel for the place.
Jin Jie Lee
Must go when you're in Berlin. Most structures are explained in German and English. You can get an audio tour at 3 euros, but the speaker isn't very loud to share with >3 people. Place is larger than expected. Spent 2.5hrs here because we went too late and they closed at 6pm. Expect to spend around 4 hours here to see everything (the buildings are very far apart from each other).
I was so impressed about all the history of this place. And I leave with so many reflections. Is not a museum is a place to remember what happened. It is not a place for making photos. It is a place to learn.
Can't recommend this enough, especially if you love history! If I could choose one place to go close to Berlin, it would be Sachsenhausen! Of course, it isn't for everyone. If you don't want to read/hear about the SS's cruelty, you may want to go to a happier place. But even if it was a little sad, I found it fascinating to see the same places where the prisoners had such a horrible time, especially during World War II! The audio guides are great, and there is a lot of information all around! Dark history, but well worth it!
I've been to Berlin many times and always wanted to come here but never have. I'm now glad for the experience but it's not something I could do again. Having said that I think all should be aware of what happened and see at first hand the evil that is mankind.
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