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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Sachsenhausen, one of the first concentration camps established by Nazi Germany’s Third Reich, on this guided 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.
  • 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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Licensed guide trained by memorial authority
Remuneration to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Pickup and drop off from the centre of Berlin by your guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Train ticket (you will need a Berlin Transport ABC Zone ticket costing approximately 7 euros)
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Meeting point: outside FRIEDRICHSTRASSE TRAIN STATION, on the square beside the 'Traenenpalast' (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Hauptbahnhof, Europaplatz 1, 10557 Berlin, Germany

Depending on the best route on the day, your guide may decide to leave the group off here. Make sure to talk to your guide about your onward journey after the tour and they will be sure to point you in the right direction!

Return Details

Georgenstraße 14/17, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Depending on the best route on the day, your guide may decide to leave the group off here. Make sure to talk to your guide about your onward journey after the tour and they will be sure to point you in the right direction!

Begin your tour with a guide meet and greet at Zoologischer Garten train station or Hackescher Markt train station. 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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Friedrichstraße
Take train from our meeting point near S+U Friedrichstraße to Oranienburg. Oranienburg city is where the former concentration camp was constructed.
Stop At:  
Oranienburg
Ride with our guide to Oraninenburg S-bahn. Walk around the town and learn about how complicit the towns folk were and see where inmates used to work.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Sachsenhausen former concentration camp. Arrive at the former Camp and walk around the interiors of the first camp specifically built to be a concentration camp, not using existing structures. See the old barracks, Prison cells and torture cells, Camp kitchen, Station Z (where mass executions took place), the gas chamber and crematorium. You'll also see the infirmaries and pathology center, as well as Tower A - the main guard tower.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Good walking shoes and suitable clothing are recommended
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Insider Tour Berlin
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Very bitterly cold in November but somewhat felt even colder on the grounds of the camp so ensure your fully prepared if your visiting around this time with good walking shoes." See review
  • "Only negative is it is a long day so be prepared." See review
  • "You need to be a strong walker and definitely wear sneakers." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Xavier was a brilliant...
Karen_H
, Jan 2022
Xavier was a brilliant tour guide, he had a great people presence and really knew his stuff! I would definitely recommend the tour to others
star-1
Great information but HORRIBLE customer service
Taylor_A
, Jan 2022
The tour itself and information shared was great. We learned so much about the camp and time period we wouldn’t have known if not for the tour. But, our guide lacked responsibility and professionalism when almost half of our group was fined €60 each for purchasing the wrong tickets. You are told to purchase ABC train tickets in addition to the tour tickets. Being a foreigner, purchasing the train tickets was a bit confusing and somehow we purchased the wrong ones. Mind you, you purchase them on an electronic machine in the middle of a train station with no actual workers around to help if you have questions. We did not know that we purchased the wrong ones until on the ride back from the camp. My group of 2 and another group of 2 we’re forced to get off the train because we purchased the wrong tickets and each fined €60. Our guide was completely unhelpful in this situation. Not only did he not help us try and understand through the language barrier why we were being told to get off the train into a random station, but he didn’t move a muscle and barely looked up from his phone just to say “you will be fine.” I was thoroughly unimpressed by his rudeness and unwillingness to help almost half of his group when we didn’t know what we did wrong. Especially after he looked at our tickets to make sure we had them and the right ones AND after he stamped them in the train station.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A must go tour
karim_s
, Jan 2022
Although a hard place to visit due to its dark and ugly history it is a place everyone should see, hear the stories: 1 - to honor those that suffered and dies and 2 - to ensure its ugliness never appears again. Maria the guide was phenomenal - she had all the facts and stories, she could answer all the questions and she was a great person to send all day with. I am so glad i selected this tour.
star-5
Sad, but must see...
Valentina_S
, Jan 2022
We were hesitant to take this tour because we were traveling with our 11-year-old son, but after talking with him we decided to go. We are glad we did. We met our tour guide, an English gentleman who has lived in Berlin for about 35 years, at a train station. Our group took a train directly to Oranienburg, where the Sachsenhausen concentration camp was located. After a 15-minute walk from the train station we arrived at the camp. (Pro Tip: Make sure you take an ID and proof of vaccination. They won't let you in without it) To say it was bleak and unsettling is an understatement. You enter the camp through a gate with the infamous words, ARBEIT MACHT FREI, Work Sets You Free. Our guide took us to different areas of the camp and explained how it functioned and what occurred. He was very knowledgeable of the history of the camp and imparted an honest and accurate description of what the Nazi's did at this location. While bleak and disturbing to walk the ground where such atrocities occurred, it is important to experience this to understand it can never be allowed to happen again... After the tour we took a short bus ride back to the train station and the participants were free to stay and explore Oranienburg or take to train back to Berlin.
star-3
The tour is really...
Caroline_T
, Dec 2021
The tour is really interesting but I thought was a bit to pricy for the content. But other than that it was fine and the guide was nice
star-5
A must-see in Berlin!
Carolyn_M
, Dec 2021
Jamie was an incredible guide and gave us a very educated and powerful overview of German history, particularly within the WW2 era. He worded things perfectly, was professional and very friendly. I can’t think of a better person to have given us the overview of the camp and the history that led to its construction, as well as how Germany continues to combat anti-semitism today. We learned a ton. Thank you Jamie!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Carolyn, Thank you for your kind review of your Insider tour with Jamie. He is indeed an outstanding guide and we are blessed to have him on our team. Here's wishing you many exceptional tours going forward. Kind Regards, Gerard
star-5
Great Tour & Tourguide
Jean_R
, Dec 2021
Our tour guide was Jamie. He did a wonderful job explaining the history of the concentration camp and answering questions. A very smart man. Highly recommend him and the tour. We were in a group of 15 people, including myself and my friend.
star-4
Interesting insight to whole nazi consentration camp thing.
Mait_L
, Dec 2021
Me and one other group were gathering on the area west side of Tränenpalast which seemed very obvious to me. Actually we were supposed to go to east side of the building. We catched up with the group later without losing much. I met some british people who were fun to be around. We had great tour. Luckily we were not spared from the dark details how people were treated. You could ask all kinds of related questions about history. I would think that without a guide it could have been boring. If you do not know the related history you will be given general framework.
star-3
Train tickets required
Peter_P
, Dec 2021
It's not clear in advertising that you have to buy train tickets. It was very cold you are standing outside most of the time. We were not allowed in an interesting part of the exhibition because we were with a group! No hot drinks available
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Peter_P, Thank you for reviewing this tour. We believe you booked your ticket on this platform where information about the necessity to have a train ticket is written in the 'What's included' section. The weather is predominantly cold in east Germany this time of year and it is best to wrap up when outdoors. Hot drinks are not offered at the former concentration camp memorial. There are some restrictions in place there due to the current Covid-19 pandemic we are going through, resulting in restricted entry to some exhibitions centers. Still, we trust that our expert guide was able to convey to you the magnitude of atrocity once perpetrated at this site. Kind regards, Gerard
star-5
Great guide
Judith_B
, Dec 2021
Great guide. Excellent tour. Bravo Freezing day but he had patience and wisdom A tragic site. But vitally important

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