Buchenwald Memorial, Thuringia

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The remains of Buchenwald Memorial, a Nazi concentration camp, serve as a museum and memorial to its victims. Much of the site was demolished, but you can still see the main gate, crematorium, hospital block, and two guard towers. Walk around the site to gain a new understanding of the horrors of Hitler's Germany. The clock on the entrance gate, set to a quarter past three, refers to the time American troops arrived at the camp on April 11, 1945. The museum outlines the history of the camp and displays many relics, such as letters, clothing, and photos. Check for the scheduled guided tours. Put Buchenwald Memorial into our Weimar holiday website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Weimar.
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  • The concentration camp Buchenwald (concentration camp Buchenwald) was one of the biggest concentration camps on German soil. It was operated between July 1937 and April 1945 on the Ettersberg in Weimar as a labor camp. In total, about 266.000 people from all over Europe in the Buchenwald concentration camp were imprisoned in this period. The death toll is estimated at approximately 56,000, including 15,000 Soviet citizens, 7,000 6,000 Hungary Poland and 3,000 French.
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  • I sobbed my way through this camp. I don't need to explain what happened here--we all have heard the horror stories and have seen the movies. But to actually go there made it come to life for me. Ther...  more »
  • Went here with very mixed feelings, which continued throughout the visit. Pretty sure you will feel the same. While this "site" is much smaller in size and scale than others, it gives a pretty good id...  more »
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  • Definitely a must-go place for anyone visiting the region. It gave me the chills all the way. I can barely describe the experience, but it must be seen.
  • Definitely a must visit. There are not a lot of buildings remaining but seeing the site is worthwhile. The crematorium is still standing and there is a good museum exhibit in another building. The tower at the memorial is impressive with good views.
  • Really well presented information and solemn look at a sad hard place to discuss. The map looks bigger than it is, bit it's easy to go for 2-3 hours and get a feel for the place or all day and study all the different levels of Nazi and Soviet usage. The displays are outstanding.
  • The guided visit was really impressive. The guide besides the knowlege was really empathic
  • A chilling and dramatic reminder of the brutality of the Nazi regime from WW2. Physically walking the grounds in wintery snow barely touched upon the hardship borne by the inmates of one of the larger concentration camps. The scale of the grounds and the number of people held in close quarters during the war, in the midst of bare trees, make for many soul searching moments.

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