An unmissable sight in Berlin which, although perhaps not the most agreeable, brings you face to face with the realities of the Nazi regime in a moving and powerful experience.
The tour meets at The Brandenburg Gate, the tour travels by train 30 km north, to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, built in 1936 it was one of the first under the Nazi regime, and became the 'model camp' upon which others were based. Here you will learn about the atrocities committed in this place between its construction and eventual closure in 1950. As a camp for both the Nazi regime and the Soviet NKVD, not only did 30,000 prisoners die, but it served as a model for the extermination and concentration camps which followed, and in which the worst crimes against humanity were committed.
Why Take a Guided Tour?
Although it is possible to visit the camp alone, as it was almost entirely destroyed following its closure in 1950 it the presence of a guide is especially valuable. Alone the camp is somewhat sparse, therefore with nobody to provide explanations of what used to stand, why it was there, and what happened in each place, the tour would perhaps be of limited interest.
The central courtyard, for example, is a wide open space with little to capture your interest at first glance. However, it takes on a new context learning that prisoners here were forced to march up to 90km per day to trial military boots, as well as the effects of D-IX, a methamphetamine-based experimental performance enhancer. The guide will help unlock the secrets of Sachsenhausen and put into context the horrors committed there.
We will make our way to Potsdam from the centre of Berlin using public transport, therefore it is necessary to be in possession of a metro card for zones A, B and C. If you do not have this card at the beginning of the tour, our guide will help you buy one.
As the trip will end in Berlin at 4 pm, it is recommended to bring lunch. On hot summer days, it is also recommended to bring a bottle of water.
Between 21st October 2019 and 15th March 2020, the memorial exhibitions will be closed on Mondays. The Visitor Center and the Memorial will remain open.
English Language Tour
Children under 13US$ 6.50
Children under 3Free
5 hours 30 minutes.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking expert guide.
Entry to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp
Metro card zones A, B and C.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Berlin).
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Yes (you must attend with a carer).
Starbucks by the Brandenburg Gate.