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World War II Sites in Germany

By Viator, February 2015

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Despite its successful post-war reinvention, Germany’s part in World War II history will forever haunt its people. The country has made the brave choice to preserve its harrowing past rather than gloss over it. As a result, many of Germany’s World War II sites remain, in tribute to the atrocities and the millions who lost their lives on all sides of the war. Shocking, poignant and often heart-wrenching, visiting these World War II sites is a must  for anyone interested in learning more about Germany’s dark past.

1. Nuremberg

Once it played host to some of Hitler’s largest Nazi rallies, Nuremberg found a significant role in proceedings throughout World War II. The modern city is littered with war monuments. Visitors can tour the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds; learn more about the city’s wartime role at the Rally Grounds Documentation Center; and go inside the courtroom where the legendary Nuremberg War Crimes Trials took place after the war.

2. Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial

While there are a number of concentration camps preserved around Germany, Dachau is one of the most visited and is now a poignant memorial and museum. Take a Day Tour from Munich to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial and explore the notorious camp, one of the first to be built and known as the blueprint for many other camps. The camp, which was used not only to imprison Jews, but German dissidents, outspoken clergymen, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals and Polish civilians (34 different nationalities were present at one time in the camp), is one of the country’s most shocking and revealing war remains, and while a visit is heartbreaking, its lessons will stay with you for life.

3. Eagle’s Nest, Bavaria

Perched on a mountain peak in the Bavarian Alps, the towering Adlerhorst, or ‘Eagle’s Nest’, is one of the most elaborate of Hitler’s houses, designed as a gift for his 50th birthday. Serving throughout the war as the southern Nazi headquarters and a safe retreat for Hitler himself, the most fascinating aspect of the house is its extensive underground bunker network. Today, part of the house has been transformed into a visitor café, offering spectacular views over the surrounding Alps and making one of the most popular attractions of Bavaria.

4. Berlin

As the first stop on many tourist itineraries, Berlin has an abundance of sights to keep you busy, most notably the striking Monument to the Murdered Jews in Europe; the nearby Sachsenhausen concentration camp; the war cemetery; the Jewish Museum and the harrowing Topography of Terror. Take a Half-Day Walking Tour of Berlin’s Third Reich Sites and visit the many sights once occupied by the Third Reich, including the fascinating underground bunkers.

5. Colditz Castle, Leipzig

A popular day trip from Leipzig,  just 2 hours away, Colditz Castle once housed the notorious German military prison Oflag IVC, where a number of prominent Allied Prisoners of War Officers and Allied prisoners were held. Perhaps most famous for the legendary escapes made by Allied POWs from the ‘escape-proof’ prison, the remarkable Allied feats are chronicled in the Oflag IVC Escape Museum, which showcases many of the actual tools and uniforms used by the POWs.

Contributed by Zoe Smith

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