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Discover Sachsenhausen, one of the first concentration camps established by Nazi Germany’s Third Reich, on this guided, 6-hour trip from Berlin. Listen as an expert historian details the facts surrounding the camp’s creation, as well as a timeline of the atrocities that took place there. Today, the site serves as a national memorial to the prisoners who lived and died here, and on your visit you'll explore the various locations inside the camp, like the command headquarters and execution trench, and learn about Germany during the rule of the Third Reich.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp from Berlin
  • Explore the camp with an expert historian as your guide
  • Visit sites such as 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

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What You Can Expect

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour from Berlin

Visit Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp on this day trip

Begin your tour with a guide meet and greet at Zoologischer Garten train station or Hackescher Markt train station. Then it’s approximately a 45-minute ride to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum in Oranienburg.

More than 200,000 people were imprisoned in Sachsenhausen between 1936 and 1945. At first, the prisoners were primarily political opponents of the Nazi regime. However, people that were defined by the National Socialists as racially or biologically inferior were later included.

By 1939, there were a large number of citizens from the occupied European states imprisoned here. Tens of thousands of people died of starvation, disease, forced labor and mistreatment, or they were victims of the systematic extermination by the Schutzstaffel, or the SS. Thousands of other prisoners died during the “death marches” that followed the evacuation of the camp in April of 1945. At that time, approximately 3,000 sick prisoners, along with the doctors and nurses who had stayed behind in the camp, were freed by Soviet and Polish soldiers.

This tour features a visit to the punishment cells, gallows, gas chambers and burial pits located inside the prison. Hear stories of prisoner bravery as well as the chilling atrocities that took place at the camp, which now serves as a national memorial to the prisoners who lived and died here. Your tour ends with a return train trip to Berlin.

Customer Reviews

Martin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Michael was so knowledgable on the camp. You felt that you could ask him anything and he would know the answer. Brilliant experience. A long day with a lot of walking but well worth it.

Joan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Enlightening, somber experience. We are glad we did this tour as the guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much.

Kim F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

we really enjoyed the whole day. JJ was a great guide really friendly and so informative. He also made sure we were all on the right track to get back to our hotels. I recommend the tour great day . With thanks

jjacksonforsberg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Jared was our tour guide, and he did an amazing job of contextualizing the site - its history and the atrocities committed here as well as its present use. I thought about just going out to the site on our own but am so glad we booked the tour. We learned a lot going with a guide, his particular interests provided an important critical lens for the site, and it simplified travel going with someone who knew how to navigate trains and buses to Oranienburg.

Our guide for this tour, Jared, studied undergraduate neuroscience and anthropology and came to Germany for graduate school. His study of the science of identity, empathy, and post traumatic stress disorder provided an important lens for this site.

Among the thoughts he shared is the insight that the grammar of culture is story, but few of us ever take a class that unpacks and analyzes those stories that structure our cultural identities. The stories we tell and the language we use are not neutral and it is important to think critically about them. He also pointed out that genocide is a cultural innovation, only present in the human record for our most recent 10,000 years. As such, it is learned and can be unlearned. That's why it is important to visit sites like this one and learn about history.

This tour was exceptional. Don't hesitate to book!

Deep M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Such trips need the best guides and we had one in Maria. She was really amazing with all the facts she shared with us and without this extensive historical views, the trip would have not bee the time. It was a lot of walking and we were extremely grateful to Maria to keep going with the facts even with the exceptional heat wave that covered Berlin for the two days.

Matthew M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Jamie was an excellent guide, knew his stuff, was polite, helpful and we really enjoyed the tour because of him.

Nicola R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I would definately recommend this tour. Very knoweldgable tour guide. Had an absolutely fascination and thought provoking walk around the concentration camp. You can not imagine all the terrible things that happened to the prisoners. I just pray something like this never happens again.

My tip is wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella if weather not looking great!

Ashish M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great insight

Veli-Matti N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had Jan as our quide. He was great. Tour was awesome and very interesting. Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks with you. Also prepare to walk a lot so go with good shoes.

Loretta T United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great Tour, very informative, would highly reccommend

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