Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Day Tour from Berlin

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Go on an extraordinary tour about a place that played such an integral role in the execution of the Holocaust. Researched and guided mainly by Nigel Dunkley former British Military attaché in Berlin and one of the leading military historians world wide.

Description

Built in the Summer of 1936 some 70 years ago Sachsenhausen initially facilitated the removal of "antisocial" elements as Berlin hosted the spectacular Olympics held that year.

More than 200,000 were imprisoned here by the Nazis of which some 50,000 were brutally murdered - as opposed to Auschwitz which served the policy of racial genocide, Sachsenhausen victims were a mix of political opponents and then only later groups defined as racially or biologically inferior - increasingly from the newly occupied territories of Nazi dominated Europe.

We explain why Nazi architects conceived the grounds as the ideal structure for a concentration camp, giving expression to the SS world view of complete subjugation of prisoners to the absolute power of the SS. As the first camp established under Heinrich Himmler find out how Sachsenhausen was used as a training ground of the Holocaust and the realities of life and death there: from starvation, disease, forced labour, or as victims of systematic extermination of the SS and visit the punishment cells, execution grounds and crematorium, Pathology Laboratory and hospital, and the "pit" where victims were thrown into to simply rot.

Learn of the stories of valour such as the British Royal Marine Commandos used to test German army equipment to breaking point who refused to have their will broken, the fate of Stalin's son here, where Hitler's personal prisoner was detained in isolation for 5 years before his execution, and the attempted use of "death marches" to murder remaining survivors before Soviet liberation.

We also detail life and death in Special Camp No. 1/7 as Sachsenhausen was to become under the Soviets. Until its closure in March 1950 another 60 000 were captive here of which 12 000 died of similarly catastrophic conditions of hunger, psychological and physical exhaustion, many were former Nazi functionaries, German POWs and Soviet deserters.

Beyond the norm and rarely noted we find it essential for a responsible and complete tour to what is essentially a place of death to elaborate on the delicate yet fascinating issue of memorialisation in relation to Saschsenhausen and with some comparison to the Jewish Holocaust Memorial.

Please choose either the East OR West meeting point.

Includes

  • English-speaking guide
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Departing from Meeting Point West

Duration: 6:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 09:50

    Check-in

  • 10:00

    Depart on the Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour

    As the first camp established under Heinrich Himmler find out how Sachsenhausen was used as a training ground of the Holocaust and the realities of life and death there: from starvation, disease, forced labour, or systematic extermination.

  • A place of terror

    Visit the punishment cells, execution grounds and crematorium, Pathology Laboratory and hospital, and the "pit" where victims were thrown into to simply rot.

  • Individual tales

    Hear about the British Commandos who refused to have their will broken, the fate of Stalin's son, where Hitler's personal prisoner was detained in isolation for 5 years before his execution, and the "death marches" used to murder remaining survivors before Soviet liberation.

  • The dark past that didn't end

    Learn details of life and death in Special Camp No. 1/7, as Sachsenhausen was to become under the Soviets. Until its closure in 1950 thousands of Nazi functionaries, German POWs and Soviet deserters were captive here and many died of hunger, psychological and physical exhaustion.

  • 16:00

    Check-out

Adult/Child ( Age & over ) From Senior ( Age & over ) From Student ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) Free
Departing from Meeting Point East

Duration: 6:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 09:50

    Check-in

  • 10:00

    Depart on the Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour

    As the first camp established under Heinrich Himmler find out how Sachsenhausen was used as a training ground of the Holocaust and the realities of life and death there: from starvation, disease, forced labour, or systematic extermination.

  • A place of terror

    Visit the punishment cells, execution grounds and crematorium, Pathology Laboratory and hospital, and the "pit" where victims were thrown into to simply rot.

  • Individual tales

    Hear about the British Commandos who refused to have their will broken, the fate of Stalin's son, where Hitler's personal prisoner was detained in isolation for 5 years before his execution, and the "death marches" used to murder remaining survivors before Soviet liberation.

  • The dark past that didn't end

    Learn details of life and death in Special Camp No. 1/7, as Sachsenhausen was to become under the Soviets. Until its closure in 1950 thousands of Nazi functionaries, German POWs and Soviet deserters were captive here and many died of hunger, psychological and physical exhaustion.

  • 16:00

    Check-out

Maria was amazing. Interesting and informative. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Karen

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  • (For Check-In) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 09:50:00

  • (For Check-Out) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 16:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 09:50:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 16:00:00

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Notes

Requirement(s) - Others
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  • Please bring along a train ticket, you'll require an ABC zone ticket (one way is 3.00 Euros or a day pass is 6.80 Euros and a small group ticket for up to 5 peoples for the day is 15.50 Euros)

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  • Children aged 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying Adult.

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Reviews

Maria was amazing. Interesting and informative. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Karen

Guide (Barry) gave an extremely thought-provoking, in-depth and vivid picture of this astounding site. He answered questions with... great thoughtfulness. This tour was the high-light of our trip to Europe. more

Angus

This tour is a must do. Ashleigh, our guide, was extremely good. She gave the facts without being overly sentimental about it an...d It must be quite a difficult tour to take on a regular basis as it is so sad, but these stories do need to be told. Would recommend to all. more

Kathy

Very impressed with the customer service. We had a query about a booking we were trying to make on Good Friday. We phoned custom...er services (not really expecting a reply) and got through to a very helpful young man. He did not know the answer to our query and said he would need to contact the supplier direct. He took my email address and said because it was Easter we might have to wait up to 72 hours for a reply, which was fine. However within 10 minutes he phoned us back the answer to our query. We will definitely be using City Discovery Tours again for any further trips we make. Thank you. more

Kathy

Fantastic day out. Our guide *** was enthusiastic, funny and full of knowledge. I would highly recommend this tour!

Jacky

This tour will stay in my memory forever. Our guide, Cesar, was exceptional. He brought to life in a stunning way the historical e...vents which occurred at this site. It is no doubt a gruelling experience, but for anybody interested in history completely unforgettable. I would recommend the tour to anyone visiting Berlin...with the exception of children. Way too disturbing and probably confusing for anyone under thirteen. more

Nicola

This was a fantastic tour. We learnt a lot and got a real feel for the environment. I would really recommend it to people with an ...interest in history. The only drawback was that there was quite a long, fast walk from the station to the camp which was uncomfortable in the extreme heat. more

Lloyd

Tour lead by Cesar - although we were a large group it was a pleasure having tour guide that treats you like friends accompanying ...him rather than herding you like sheep through a tour. We had a 15 yr old with us and Ceasars explanations were given in a concise and informative way that was very clear to all. It was a bitterly cold day bringing to light exactly what the conditions would have been like. more

CityDiscovery

The tour guide Nicolai was excellent on both occasions,.

Nicole

Really recommend this for deeper insight into historical context as much as practicalities of the existence of this concentration ...camp. Phil our guide extremely knowledgeable and approachable. more

Belinda

Its a great trip, but you have to do it with a good guide. Our guide Michael was excellent and we learned so much.

Paul

Real learning and a traumatic day to actually visit a concentration Camp. Nothing much has been learned since then as humans we go... on repeating them in different versions....Africa, Europe, Russia, Arabic countries etc. Inside Tours not well organised as so many people standing next to AM/PM Bar and they were standing outside on the other side and not bothering to check a few yards inside where so many people had waited for over 20 minutes. Also i got left out at the end as the main group left though a back entrance which was Not clearly pointed out to me? more

kishore

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