Choose your start time.
5 or 6 hours
The lobby of your hotel
Your personal guide will meet you at your place of accommodation and travel with you via regional train or S-Bahn to the town of Oranienburg, just outside of which the concentration camp was located. You will be able to learn about the attitude of the local population towards the camp and its inmates, and hear of acts of both collaboration and resistance as you approach the memorial site on foot through the town.
After a brief break upon arrival at the site, your guide will give you insights into the history of the camp and the different stages of its evolution. Initially intended to hold political prisoners, it later expanded to include individuals targeted due to their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, effectively becoming a training ground for the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. The Nazis ultimately imprisoned more than 200,000 people here, tens of thousands of whom died.
As they lead you through this extensive site, our qualified guides will be able to sensitively relay the realities of life and death in the camp: from rationing and the brutal roll call, to the different forms of hard labour that inmates had to endure. Seeing the guard towers, the infirmary and pathology laboratory, the Jewish barracks, the punishment cells, the camp kitchen, the execution facilities, and the gas chamber and crematoria, you will gain an understanding of how detainees suffered on a daily basis – and how all too many died from starvation and succumbed to disease, or fell victim to systematic execution or Nazi medical crimes.
After the liberation of Sachsenhausen in 1945, the camp was repurposed by the Soviets as a “Soviet Special Camp”, where enemies of the new Soviet state were incarcerated up until 1950. This development entails a discussion of how the concentration camp was memorialised by the East Germans during the Cold War years and commemoration of the site since German reunification in 1990.
At the end of the tour, on the journey back to the centre of Berlin, your guide will be happy to give you tips on how best you might spend the rest of your time in Berlin.
The following list of sites is intended to give you an idea of what you can expect to see on this tour. Please note that our exact route through the camp may vary on the day depending on circumstances and your hotel pick-up point.
Very easy to book, well organised and communication from Insider Tours beforehand all excellent. Daniel was a really knowledgeable tour guide and kept our whole family (including three teenagers) interested. Very knowledgeable about the camp, the time period and also had some really interesting insights on contemporary Germany. I would thoroughly recommend Insider Tours and this tour in particular. Rebecca Sept. '23
Jamie, our guide, was thoughtful, informed, and provided a balance in capturing the horror, while showcasing the humanity of the prisoners and survivors. We took three middle schoolers and they were engaged and informed. Kali P. Apr. '23
Booking the tour online was easy and there was good communication via email. Our tour guide Martin met us at our hotel lobby, took us to Sachsenhausen and brought us back with no hassle at all. Martin was very knowledgeable and kept both the adults and children interested in the tour, answering all our questions and more. Manjula Apr. '23
Our guide was excellent. He was a walking history book with such vast knowledge and he had a lot of patience. The lesson was tough to stomach but important. Yes it will take some time to reach the camp, but it will be a lifetime experience. It seems the reason the tour takes 6 hours is because the camp is located in some small town outside of Berlin. Rachel May '23
Excellent tour given by Nickolai. Very knowledgeable gentleman and he made the tour very interesting for all in attendance. Brian W. May '23
Our tour guide delivered one of the best tour and commentary I have experienced. his subject knowledge was excellent and delivered with conviction and humour, when appropriate. Would recommend this tour to all. Borrower June '23
Our guide was great and drove us across the camp with the right level of information and emotion. It was a deep historical tour, from my son (7 years old) to my parents (70+). FAM27 July '23
Our tour guide and gave amazing information surrounding everything we saw, enthusiastic and gave enough information and still allowed us to have time to see everything else after previous information had been given Noah H. July '23
Excellent tour with excellent guide Maria! Very professional and very informative. Johan B. July '23
Did a sachsenhausen concentration camp tour and our guide Daniel made it educational and respectful but also made sure it wasn’t a grim experience. Highly recommend the tour and Daniel. WkndW Aug. '23
A super informative tour with our guide Daniel. Very easy to book, well organised and communication from Insider Tours beforehand all excellent. Daniel was a really knowledgeable tour guide and kept our whole family (including three teenagers) interested. Very knowledgeable about the camp, the time period and also had some really interesting insights on contemporary Germany. I would thoroughly recommend Insider Tours and this tour in particular. Rebecca Aug. '23