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!
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.
Jamie was an excellent guide, knew his stuff, was polite, helpful and we really enjoyed the tour because of him.
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!
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
Great Tour, very informative, would highly reccommend
Well worth a visit. Very emotional and confronting at times but the memorials are displayed very respectfully. Our guide was Phil and he was brilliant! His wealth of knowledge was incredible. Highly recommend this tour!
Our guide, Jan was superb. He related the information very well. His English expression is superb.
As dark and disturbing as the subject matter on this tour is, it was well worth the time spent to learn more about the concentration camps and this one in particular. Adrian, my tour guide, is a fountain of information. Really taught me more than just WHAT happened, but also taught WHY these things happened from a Sociological standpoint.
A confronting and thoughtful experience. A reminder that the past can be recreated if we are not very careful.
I did this tour in June 2016 and it was great. This was my first experience Viator, and it couldn and #39;t have gone better. Our tour guide Nicoli was just brilliant, he knew the history, and made tour very interesting and engaging.
Katherine M Canada
Amazing experience. Very disturbing but important to do. This was an excellent tour.
We had a fabulous guide with great knowledge. It was a heavy day full of information but presented wonderfully
The guide was very patient and had comprehensive knowledge of the camp and #39;s history.
The tour was very well organized and tour guide was very helpful, it was a large group but he managed it well and we did not feel that we missed anything.
Rachel was great. Well organised, enough information.
Very well organized. Jared our guide was full of knowledge and passion. He taught me a lot. Maybe too much as we did not have much time to explore the camp at all. But this one can do one ones own if one wanted.
Only think he forgot at the end that it was Monday so all of us who got directions for various museums after the tour did so in vain!
I did this tour with my 18 year old nephew. We could have easily visited the camp on our own and used the available audio guides but I am so happy we chose this tour instead!!! Our guide, Rachel, was outstanding!!! She conveyed the information in a very real and personal way while always respecting the solemnity of the events that transpired here. Even if you are an independent traveler as I normally am, consider taking this tour. You will not regret it!! Unless you forget to wear comfortable shoes!!!! :-
The tour was great. Our guide, Adrian, was very knowledgeable about the concentration camp and the history of Germany leading up to that time.
Adrian was eloquent and informative. Overall an enjoyable experience.
Excellent tour guide, probably the best of all our tours. He was extremely knowledgeable and gave excellent perspective with respect and consideration of the tragic history of this site. He brought the history to life. Without his perspective, this site would not have been as meaningful.
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