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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp – guided tour from Berlin

Sachsenhausen Memorial tells the story of one of the biggest concentration camps on German territory from 1936 to 1945.

The camp is located in a small town called Oranienburg, 22 miles (35 km) from Berlin.  

It housed around 200,000 inmates who were exploited as forced labor by local industry. 

Thousands of these prisoners died due to inhumane working and living conditions or were gassed, shot, or subjected to medical experiments.

After World War 2 got over, the Jews were released, and the Soviet Army used the camp to imprison the Nazis who had supported the war effort. 

Today, locals and tourists visit the camp to view the remaining structures, learn about the camp’s sad past, and see moving memorials to the victims.

What to expect at Sachsenhausen Camp

If you plan to book this guided tour, here are a few essential things you must know – 

  • Wear weather-appropriate attire, and comfortable shoes
  • Bring your child’s passport or identification card
  • Food and beverages are permitted, so pack something
  • It is better to have some cash on hand
  • The tours operate in all weather

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Guided tour from Berlin to Sachsenhausen Memorial

On this guided tour to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, you will board a train from Berlin. 

At Sachsenhausen camp, you will learn about the country’s history and see what’s left of the guards’, staff’s, and prisoners’ rooms.

Before witnessing the Jewish barracks, boot testing track, and gallows, enter ” A ” guard tower and stand on the registration compound.

The local guide also shows you the camp’s hospital and pathology lab and the grim Station Z building, which housed the cremation and execution facilities.

You will learn about the camp’s establishment during Nazi Germany, the hardships inside the camp throughout World War II, and how hostages were released at the war’s end.

While many of the camp’s stories are sad, you will also hear inspiring tales of resistance and survival as you walk by inscriptions honoring the camp’s victims and survivors.

During this guided tour of Sachsenhausen Memorial, which lasts around six hours, a local expert stays with you all through.

You can cancel this ticket up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

Cost of tickets

Adult ticket (13+ years): €22
Children ticket (3 to 12 years): €10
Infant ticket (up to 2 years): Free entry


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How to reach Sachsenhausen camp

Meet your guide in front of Starbucks Café, near Berlin’s historic Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz 4, Berlin. Get Directions

Please look for the guides with the red umbrellas and t-shirts.

Sachsenhausen Camp’s timings

Sachsenhausen Memorial is open from 8.30 am to 6 pm on weekdays and weekends.

Tours start from Berlin around 11 am.


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Self-guided tour of Sachsenhausen Camp

If you want to save money, you can visit Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp on your own.

You will have to make your travel arrangements to reach the memorial.

The Memorial doesn’t have any entry fees. However, contributions are welcome to help maintain the grounds.

Once you reach there, you can opt for a guided tour, if you prefer.

Sachsenhausen Memorial offers its tour of the grounds, which lasts two and a half hours.

The Memorial Foundation has trained all guides, so you can rest assured that they will provide a lot of helpful information.

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