- 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.
A must-see for all. Necessary to understand the past and the present.
Be certain to get a three zone rail ticket and to take food and drink on tour.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a deep appreciation for the emotions behind a very difficult topic. We highly recommend Nickolay.