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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg

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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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  • The field of Concenttracion of Sachsenhousen is easily accessible, with a direct arrival by train. The visit to the field leaves a creepy feeling, on the evidence of this, which was the first concentration camp operating in the era of Nazism. Critical the hiring of the Guide.
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  • Monday 6 February was my last day in Berlin and I decided to visit this camp to get away a bit from the usual tourist trails and routes too. I took the train-I resided in the area and after about 45 mins-Strabe Warshauer are coming to Oranienburg. The station decided to walk as soon as you exit you turn right and then follow the signs are everywhere. 20 mins and I arrived. I took the audio guide to 3 euro leaving the I.D. While the entrance is free. Along with the audio guide I've been given a map of the field with numbers corresponding to audio notes. To be noted that all around it's silence, and that place is in the Woods pretty much ... everything is agghiacciante...il Avenue to enter the field, the same architecture, so rational and orderly, "work makes you free"--descriptions of torture and violence is something that doesn't make you sleep at night. I was struck by the vastness of the field, the crematoria, the cottage which was the hospital, description of brothel where Hungarian prisoners were forced into prostitution, was to preserve the ashes of burned bodies, urinals, turrets, spinati....io I think that everyone should visit at least once in your life like that, I walked, continuously for 3 and a half hours , the time he flew, he's incredibly cold-minus 5 degrees, the audio guide was very explanatory, although some lodges were closed to the public because it was Monday. I highly recommend this tour to everyone.
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  • This is one of those places where I wasn't sure whether I should go or not. But we had a spare day when we were in Berlin and decided to visit. Easy ride on the train from Hbf to Oranieburg then the b...  more »
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  • You could easily spend all day here so allow at least 3 hours. The audio guides are beneficial and cost only €3. Although the museum is free, I think it's good to provide an extra donation. You can reach the museum via public transport however there were some tourist groups using the transport which made the bus extremely crowded. Either the tour companies need to ask the council to get more bus services or the tour companies need to get their own bus!
  • Crazy and insane and wild. I think everyone should come here and take their time!
  • I spent 5 hours here because of all the interesting things to read and see, it can be depressing of course because of the very tragic subject matter. The logical path to take around I think is to start going to the left to the medical centre, then down along the wall to "Station Z", that is if you're not going with an audio tour or guide. "Station E" offers an insight into the lives of the surrounding townsfolk, with interviews from actual witnesses of the arrival of inmates. It's worth going as a traveller on a budget, you only need to pay for an ABC ticket from Berlin (€3.30 for 2 hours), and to give a donation at the end if you wish.
  • Concentration camp worth going to if you're in Berlin. Powerful and informative displays at self guided pace. Allow plenty of time to take it all in.
  • A must see if you're in Berlin for more than a couple of days and don't have the possibility to go further East to Auschwitz. Note that the access to all structures is free, and the very cheap audio-guides are available in many languages. You can spend an entire day there, easily. There is a lot of documentation, a lot of items gathered. Some might even say too much, some others will say it's a pity that some exhibitions are only available in German. The atmosphere is not as heavy as it can be in the most infamous extermination camps, it looks all green and nice, especially in summer, but don't get fooled. Dozens of thousands of people got killed there, Jews, Soviets, political or war prisonners. Definitely worth visiting, and please, take the time to document yourself.