- Full-day trip to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp from Berlin
- Explore the camp with an expert historian as your guide
- See Sachsenhausen’s main sites of interest like the punishment cells and gas chambers
- Hear tales of prisoner bravery as well as the chilling atrocities that took place at the camp
- Learn about Germany during the days of the Third Reich
What You Can Expect
Meet your guide and then head inside the camp grounds to learn about the atrocities that once took place here. Holding both political prisoners and groups defined as ‘racially inferior,’ Sachsenhausen was created to hide away Berlins ‘anti-social elements’ before the city hosted the 1936 Olympic Games. In its horrific heyday, it housed some 200,000 prisoners, of which nearly 50,000 were killed.
Hear tales of the SS – the group that provided security for the Nazi party -- and of its notorious leader Heinrich Himmler (who helped set up Sachsenhausen) while seeing the site’s punishment cells, gas chambers and the pit where bodies were unceremoniously left to rot. While the sight of these places can be overwhelming, your guide will help put their history into context -- bringing the horrors of the Nazi regime alive in a powerful yet sensitive way.
Learn of Sachsenhausen’s better-known prisoners, like Stalin’s son, and of the mind-bogglingly brave British Marine Commandos who valiantly tried to escape.Visit the Jewish barracks, station Z, the soviet special camp 1/7, the infirmary and pathology laboratory, the commander's house, as well as the officiers 'casino' dubbed the 'green monster'. You'll also hear about the system of sub-camps and work-stations radiating from this location.
At the end of your time at Sachsenhausen, meet your host and return to Berlin by train (own expense), finishing your day trip in either east or west Berlin.
I have never taken an organized tour to a concentration camp before. I usually go on my own so I can go at my own pace and reflect, but I am glad I took this one. The camp was huge and hard to cover in one day, so having a guide to explain things and ask questions of was very helpful. Our guide, Taylor, was exceptionally good and knowledgeable about the camp and World War II. He pointed out or explained things that you wouldn't necessarily find in a guidebook or on the audio tour. I think if I had gone on my own I would have missed some things or might not have been able to cover as much ground. Those on the tour should be aware that once we arrived at the station, we walked the distance to the camp, just at the internees would have upon their arrival (reflective time). It is probably about 1.5 miles. Some people were able to take the bus back to the station (since we were on our feet almost the full day--they tell us to pack our own lunch), but since it runs only about once an hour, it was very crowded. I think that is why they don't rely on the bus to take you to the camp. (The camp was well attended on a weekday, so I wonder why the schedule is so infrequent.) All in all, a very well organized tour, very informative and very efficiently run. (Taylor was very good in making sure that each person knew where to leave the train on their return to Berlin, which I thought was very considerate.)
This tour was amazing!