Half-Day Sachsenhausen Camp Day Trip from Berlin

Reflect on one of modern history's greatest tragedies with a local historian
From US$850 privately
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Duration
5 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum
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  • Excursion to former concentration camp few miles from Berlin
  • Led by a local historian
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Tour Description
It is only by confronting some of humanity's greatest failures that we may learn from them. That's why, while Berlin has no shortage of engaging and historical places, we believe in the importance of visiting sites like Sachsenhausen. A short train ride out of the city brings us to the former concentration camp, now a historical site that memorializes the tragedies of the Holocaust. In the company of a local historian, this Sachsenhausen tour takes us to the grounds of the camp and provides a sensitive framework for visiting this site and learning about the sobering events that took place here.

NOTE: If you add the optional car service please tell us your hotel or apartment address in the 'Additional Details' box while adding the tour to your shopping cart.

Sachsenhausen Tour

A local train and bus ride brings us through the peaceful countryside surrounding Berlin to Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp located mere miles from the city. We will spend about 2.5 hours on the grounds, now transformed into a memorial and museum. As we walk along the gravel paths, we'll discuss the political mechanisms that gave rise to the camps and allowed them to be used to such devastating ends. We will also consider the history of this camp itself, which functioned as a training center for Schutzstaffel (SS) officers who were sent to oversee other camps.

"[Our expert] handled the sensitive and delicate matter of touring a concentration camp deftly, with grace and the respect it deserves."

Among the Ruins

As we walk through what remains of the camp’s buildings, we will discuss the development of the site as the Holocaust progressed, including the construction of gas chambers in 1943. We will also explore the layout of this camp, including the entrance building, watchtowers, barracks, execution trench, prison cells, and crematorium. However, much of our time will also be spent recounting the stories of some of the victims interred in the camp, putting a human story to the somber surroundings.


(For more on Nazi history in Berlin, we suggest our Berlin Nazi tour.)


Our time at Sachsenhausen will leave us with insight into a particularly difficult time in human history, especially for the global Jewish community. But we will not depart without also touching upon more recent history, including the usage in the Soviet era, reception during the East German period, and shocking Neo-Nazi attacks in the 1990s. (For a deeper look at the Jewish experience in Berlin, consider our Jewish Berlin Tour.)


FAQ

Is this excursion recommended for children?
Our group walks are open to children 13 years and up, while there is no age limit on private walks. Due to the nature of the subject matter, this excursion may not be suitable for families. We have compiled resources for families wishing to prepare their children to learn about the Holocaust while in Berlin; we also offer a  family program for those looking for an experience to engage visitors of all ages.


Where does it start? Where does it end? 
The tour meets in Berlin, near the train station. Your confirmation will have the exact meeting point. Your expert will purchase the train tickets on your behalf, and then you will take the train together. After your visit to the former camp, you will return to Berlin together. The ride is about 45 minutes each way and is part of the overall 5-hour duration of the tour.


Can we take a car instead of the train?
For private tours starting in Berlin, yes. You can remove the train tickets and add the optional car service in the booking form above. The expert and driver will meet you at your hotel.

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Aaron was a knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed spending the day with him and learning the history.
Finn, did a nice job. We enjoyed it... I do wish I had more time in the museum. I ran out of time to explore. I would recommend that the tour guides meet us at our hotel to save on time. Possibly finishing tour at the camp and giving instructions or map on how to get back to train station if you want more time to look at the displays. I felt rushed because I'm a slow reader and like to try and read a lot of what is on display.
great discussion and presentation