An Extremely Powerful Tour to the Sachsenhausen Memorial With some of the Best Professional Guides
Join one of our expert guides for an in-depth visit to one of the most harrowing sites in the vicinity of Berlin: the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour. For Private Tours of the Sachsenhausen Memorial Camp Visit our Private Tours Page here.
The Sachsenhausen tour starts in Berlin City Center, where you will meet with your guide. After which, we take a short train ride out to the town of Oranienburg the site of the Sachsenhausen Camp Memorial. On the way there we will learn how Hitler achieved the dictatorship and how the concentration camps in their earliest incarnation were a key instrument of Nazi terror and the suppression of political opponents.
Whilst Sachsenhausen is not so ingrained within the world’s consciousness it was an extremely important camp within the concentration camp system. As the tour progresses will learn the following.
- How Sachsenhausen became the nodal point of the entire concentration camp system.
- how the victims demographic changed over time as the net of persecution widened in the prelude to, and after the beginning of the Second World War.
- How the living conditions worsened at the camp during the war.
- The War crimes at the hands of the SS including the mass murder of prisoners.
- The camp changing hands after the war first to the soviets and then to East Germany.
- We will also provide an overview to the development of the concentration camp system as a whole.
Birchy’s Berlin Tours Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp:
Some notable landmarks & Highlights on our Memorial Walking Tour
Learn how, when, and why the concentration camps and the system as a whole came into being and developed.
See how some prisoners survived for years within the camp and how some entered and had no realistic chance of leaving alive, dying through murder, disease, malnutrition, and mistreatment.
Learn who ran the camp and changing types and nationalities of the prisoners before and during the Second World War.
We believe this tour is unlike any other way to visit and explore the history of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.
This tour was created by experienced guides who have at a minimum led tours for 4 years at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. We have designed this tour based on professional training at the camp, and on personal research. We are passionate about maintaining respect for many Organizations running and surrounding the camp. A donation is made to Sachsenhausen for every tour.
Book Your Tour Here
If there are no open daily tours you can find our private bookable Sachsenhausen Tours here.
All our tour guides have completed hours of training at the Memorial and have a certified Sachsenhausen Tour Guide License.
28€ Spaces Limited
Meeting Point: Every Thursday, & Saturday @ 10:00 AM
Ebertstr. 24, 10117 Berlin
(This is right next to the Brandenburg Gate)
We use public transport to reach the memorial. An ABC pass is required. If you have a valid rail pass, please bring it with you. If you don’t have a train ticket, don’t worry the guide will assist everyone in getting the appropriate ticket.
We believe we have crafted this tour to be the best available in Berlin. Spaces are limited. Please reserve ahead!
For Private Tours of the Sachsenhausen Memorial Camp Visit our Private Tours Page here.
Get all the tips on how to prepare for your tour!
You can visit the Official Sachsenhausen Page Here.
Know Before You Go: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour
The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is situated a short train journey from Berlin. No matter how sobering the experience is, we believe it is one of the must-visit sites when visiting Berlin.
Perhaps not as ingrained in the world’s consciousness as Auschwitz or Dachau camp. It was an extremely important site and integral to the concentration camp system.
There are a number of reasons and circumstances that make Sachsenhausen unique. Not only was it the first purpose-built concentration camp within Nazi Germany. It was also the closest Concentration Camp to Berlin. Located on the outskirts of Oranienburg, just 32km to the north of German capital. To visit the official English-language page of the Sachsenhausen Concentration camp click here.
Know Before You Go Sachsenhausen Tour Tips
Getting to Sachsenhausen
There are thankfully a number of ways to get to Sachsenhausen/ Oranienburg with public transport. The slow-and-steady way would be to get on the S1 S-Bahn line which passes through a number of the major stations in central Berlin including Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Tor, Friedrichstrasse, and Gesundbrunnen. From Friedrichstrasse the journey to Oranienburg takes 45mins.
It is sobering to think that the vast majority of the 6000 Jewish citizens arrested following the Kristalnacht in November 1938 actually made their way to the camp in this manner.
The speedy option to get to Oranienburg would be to catch one of the Regional Trains, specifically the RE05. This particular line runs through the Südkreuz, Central (Hauptbahnhof) and Gesundbrunnen Stations. From Gesundbrunnen the train journey to Oranienburg takes 22mins.
What Train tickets to buy?
As previously stated the Camp is located on the outskirts of Oranienburg. Like Potsdam, it is situated in Berlin Travel Zone C, or an ABC ticket. From Central Berlin, it would cost 3.40€ each way. However, for slightly more, it is recommended to buy an A-B-C Day Pass. This currently costs 7.70€ and covers buses, trams, and trains up until 3 am.
If you are already in possession of an A-B Day pass it is possible to purchase an extension ticket for Zone C (anschlussfahrausweis) which costs currently 1.60€ each way.
Driving To Sachsenhausen from Berlin
There are a number of ways to drive to Sachsenhausen, weather renting a car, hiring a driver, or even taking a Birchy’s Berlin Tour. Driving there is pretty straight forward once you get out of the city. However, depending on where you leave from it may not save much time. From Alexanderplatz it can save around 20 Minutes.
Getting to the Sachsenhausen Camp from Oranienburg Station
Once at the Oranienburg Station the camp is then 2.2km/ 1.6 miles away. The 804 Bus to Malz, Anker leaves from the bus-stop opposite the train station entrance. It stops just by the entrance to the camp on Strasse der Nationen (Street of Nations). This bus is relatively infrequent, surprisingly, and depending on the time of day and year it can potentially be very, very crowded. The bus journey is also included in the ABC Travel Pass.
To walk to the camp only takes around 20 minutes. Due to the infrequent bus service, it is actually usually quicker to walk than to use public transportation.
What to look for at the Camp
For the standard tour, it really is a matter of cherry-picking the key areas of interest at the camp. Giving a siscinct overview of the camp, it’s development, and how the camp and those within it changed over time.
Must-see areas of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp:
Tower A: entrance into the main camp compound
Infirmary, pathology and mortuary buildings: the original buildings where medical care, crime, and experimentation were undertaken.
Station Z: the remains of the purpose built execution facility
Camp kitchen: Contains a very informative exhibition on the camp between 1936 -1945. Includes some of the original artifacts from that period.
SS and Gestapo Prison: a prison within a Concentration Camp.
Barack Blocks 37 and 38: reconstructed from original components.