Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin
aged 18 and over
aged 17 and under
Meet your guide on the square next to the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin.
Travelling to the site on our private air-conditioned bus provides an opportunity for your expert guide to deliver a commentary that will lend context and understanding to your tour of the memorial. You will be given essential background information about the Nazis’ rise to power and the purpose and conditions of the early concentration camp system in Germany.
Once at the memorial site, our licensed guide will give you a full and sensitive account of the horrors that occurred here. Over the nine years that the Nazis operated Sachsenhausen concentration camp, they incarcerated over 200,000 people. Some 45,000 of those interned here succumbed to exhaustion, undernourishment, disease, medical experimentation, and systematic extermination.
As you move around the memorial, you will see buildings such as the barracks, the infirmary, the pathology laboratory, the punishment cells and sites such as the execution grounds, the crematoria, and the gas chamber. As well as learning about the brutal day-to-day lives and deaths of the inmates, you will also hear individual stories of survival, dignity and solidarity among prisoners who were able to help one another endure the unendurable.
Your guide will explain how, as the war moved into its final phase, an unprecedented campaign of mass killings began, culminating in weakened survivors being forced into “death marches” away from the camp. 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.
As such, it was not until 1961 that the East German authorities established a memorial here. It is important to consider on the tour how Germany comes to terms with this dark chapter of its history through education of its citizens and memorialisation of the victims of the past.
At the conclusion of the tour you will return to the coach to be driven back to the centre of Berlin.
The tour concludes at our centrally located meeting point near Friedrichstraße train station.
This itinerary is intended to give you a general idea of our route on this tour. You can expect to see and hear stories about all of these sites, as well as many more! Please be aware that the route is subject to change on any given day, should unforeseen circumstances arise.
Enjoy this tour very much. This was due to the great leadership by Joanna. She knew her information well. We did the tour by bus to save time as we want to do more activities in the afternoon. Kathy W. AUg. '23
This is a great tour for anyone wanting to see a concentration camp, no matter how much you know or don’t know. Our tour guide, Paul, was knowledgeable, respectful, and punctual. Definitely worth your time and money! Teaq B July '23
An excellent day, led by our supremely knowledgable, very personable and enthusiastic leader, (Who even took the time to chat about my Uncle’s Bomber Command service) The chilly, wet weather added to the atmosphere of this chilling place. A must do visit, appreciating the history. A++++ all the way.
I expected to be moved just simply because of the nature of the tour, but our guide left me speechless with the detailed information and insight. One of the most knowledge filled tours I’ve taken.
The tour was very interesting! It is very impressive to see the Camp in person and imagine all that the victims went through. Our guide, was very knowledgeable and provided in-depth information regarding several aspects of the functioning of the Camps and all the system behind them. Bus was very comfortable
Our tour guide was so knowledgable and passionate about what was daily life in the camp he actually brought it to life. It was a chillingly memorable experience and my 17 year old son who is fascinated by history now has such an understanding of life inside one of these camps that no history book could ever give him.
Our tour guide, Jamie, was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable about Sachsenhausen and the Nazi era of concentration and extermination camps. Taking the bus to the site was an excellent choice. Jamie's commentary began as soon as the bus pulled out, so we had an overview before we reached Sachsenhausen. Learning about this site's role in the planning of Hitler's mass murder campaign was heart-wrenching and provides a cautionary tale for all.
Fantastic tour with our guide. We traveled there and back in a comfortable minibus.Phil gave us loads of background information to the camp on the way there ,so i was well informed on arrival .Phil's description's , stories and anecodtes were second to none in explaining this terrible site . A somber but great tour , i would highly recommend !
Comfortable half hour ride to the camp with very knowledgeable guide. He spoke on the way about the rise of the Third Reich and formation of the concentration camps. The camp has a museum and various structures which have been rebuilt. Our guide, Campbell, provided great insights and information about this and other camps. Knight D. Sept. '22