Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Time

10 am

Duration

6 hours

Meeting Point

Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin

Prices

Adult

aged 18 to 64

€29.90

Senior/Student/Youth

aged 65 and over/13 to 17

€24.90

WelcomeCard

€24.90

Children

aged 12 and under

€24.90

Required Transport Ticket

ABC 24-hour public transport ticket required

Highlights

  • Our licensed guides uncover the realities of life and death in the camp, where inmates fell victim to starvation, disease, forced labour and systematic extermination.
  • Take in the punishment cell block, the execution grounds, the crematoria and the roll call square (site of the camp’s gallows).
  • Look around the Jewish barracks and learn about everyday life and survival under the brutal conditions imposed by the SS.
  • See the infirmary, where prisoners were subjected to horrific medical experimentation.
  • Learn of the fate of various notable prisoners and hear stories of humanity amid the horror.
  • Understand what became of the camp and its inmates as the Red Army advanced and how it came to be Special Camp No. 7/No. 1 after Soviet liberation.

Starting Point

Meet your guide on the square next to the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin. Please make sure you have your ABC 24-hour transport ticket, as well as some food and drink for the day – there is no opportunity to buy these once we arrive at the memorial.

Description

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.

Established in 1936, Sachsenhausen was the first purpose-built camp to be set up under Heinrich Himmler, the new chief of the German Police. As such, it was conceived as a “model” structure, its grounds and buildings designed by Nazi architects with a view to subjugating prisoners to the absolute power of the SS. 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.

Our expert guides will help you navigate this sombre and moving site, leading you on a tour of the memorial that takes in the barracks, the infirmary, the punishment cells, the execution grounds, the crematoria, the pathology laboratory, and the gas chamber.

You will be able to hear stories of individual prisoners, such as that of Yakov Dzhugashvili, son of Joseph Stalin, and of Georg Elser, who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939. High-profile prisoners at the camp also included a group of British Royal Marines commandos, who were forced to test German army equipment.

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. The Soviet liberators then transformed Sachsenhausen into an internment camp for German prisoners of war and suspected war criminals, with some 60,000 inmates passing through the camp between 1945 and 1950.

It was not until 1961 that the East German authorities established a memorial here, and the tour concludes with a discussion of the way in which this dark past is commemorated by Germany today.

Finishing Point

The tour guide will accompany you back to central Berlin – either to Friedrichstraße train station or the Hauptbahnhof (central train station), depending on which route is most convenient on the day.

Donation

Insider Tour Berlin donates €3 per visitor to the Sachsenhausen Memorial authority for the upkeep and promotion of the site.

Insider Route

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.

  1. Meeting point – on the square next to the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17
  2. S-Bahn Oranienburg – walk through the town and learn more about how it collaborated with the Nazi regime.
  3. Former SS villas – built by concentration camp inmates and inhabited by high-ranking Nazi officials
  4. The Concentration Camp Inspectorate – the central administrative authority for the entire concentration camp system of the Third Reich
  5. The former SS training grounds – today repurposed as a police training facility
  6. Appellplatz (roll call area) – where prisoners were forced to assemble for hours, in all weather conditions
  7. The old Jewish barracks
  8. The prison cells – where camp inmates faced punishment and special prisoners of the Gestapo were incarcerated
  9. Boot testing track – slave labour in the form of testing army boots
  10. Gas chamber – a terrible testament to the many lives lost
  11. Infirmary – where brutal medical experiments were carried out on prisoners
  12. Station Z – mass murder, execution trench, “neck shot facility”
  13. Camp kitchen
  14. Pathology centre – where SS doctors performed so-called autopsies
  15. Camp brothel

Insider Reviews

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.

Tina our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, in addition to giving us the history, she also answered all our questions with perfection. It was an extremely difficult day (as can be expected) but also very important to hear the atrocious things that happened to those people. Carolina M. Feb. '24

Had a very short time in Berlin...

Had a very short time in Berlin and this was a great use of half a day. The tour guide Chris could not have been better. Very personable and knowledgeable and shared stories and insight that made me so glad I did not just do the audio tour. Really a powerful experience that still sticks with me weeks later. Amy H. Feb. '23

I recommend this experience for everyone!

I recommend this experience for everyone! We all need to learn about the nazi’s cruelty, to stay vigilant against new crimes. Our guide Xavier did an amazing job during the tour. Maicon R. Dec. '23

I highly recommend Insider Tours.

I highly recommend Insider Tours and am grateful for our superb guide, Hannah. Her deep historical knowledge, personal dedication, and passion for storytelling informed and engaged everyone in our group. Walking from the train station to Sachsenhausen and seeing first-hand how prisoners (including my uncle) lived, and died, was a profoundly meaningful and poignant experience. These stories must not be forgotten - - or repeated. L. J. Pontec. Dec. '23

This tour was excellent.

This tour was excellent. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining at appropriate times. It's a heavy-hitting context, and it was a snowy day, which added to the sombre mood. But so important to understand better the things that happened, lest we forget. I'd highly recommend the tour. Emma S. Dec. '23

Our guide was knowledgeable, respectful and passionate.

Our guide was knowledgeable, respectful and passionate. It was a very moving and informative tour, made even more poignant by the guide’s own story. I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn more about the Nazi camps. K. McC. Oct. '23

Best way to fully understand the site....

Best way to fully understand the site and the history. Thanks Tina,the guide,who took care of the group by her practical informations and history knowledge. Damien B. Sept. '23

This was one of many Tours and experiences ...

This was one of many Tours and experiences my family and me had when visiting Berlin from Puerto Rico . But by far the best. Our tour guide was Daniel W. and he was amazing. He had full knowledge of everything related to the tour and could answer anything (we thought he was a history professor) and aside from that he was nice, funny, very respectful, and open to creating conversations with the group. Miguel B. Aug. '23

I highly recommend this tour.

I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Berlin and wanting to know more of the history of WWII. Since this is a tour that can’t be rushed, I’m glad I booked it with Insider Tour. T. Hughes July '23

Highly recommend this tour.

Highly recommend this tour. Our guide Jamie was second to none - knowledgeable, engaging and easy to understand. He struck just the right tone given the subject matter. Karen G. July '23

Guide was marvellous....

Guide was marvellous..... He's very knowledgable and happy to take questions! Will book insider tour again! S.W.L. June '23

Our guide was absolutely wonderful.

Our guide Cian was absolutely wonderful. His knowledge and the wealth of information he was able to tell us really made this trip. It was a sombre day with some hard hitting sights and information to take in but my son and I are so pleased we did the trip. Jane B. May '23

Moving experience.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and really brought this experience to life. I think that going without a guide would be a mistake. As you would miss so much of the history of this place. The day with her historical knowledge and relevant and interesting anecdotes. The logistics of the day were flawless. Thanks Insider Brenda B. May '23

I learnt a lot about German history.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about Sachsenhausen and thus the trip was very informative. She took the time to answer all of our questions. I would highly recommend this trip to learn more about Germany history. Tommy PK May '23

Perfect.

Our tour guide answered every question we had, and was very knowledgeable, respectful & passionate about the subject. He used visuals, personal stories, & historical events to give us a clear picture of the camp’s history. Mary M. April '23

A must-see in Berlin!

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. Sophia S. April '23