Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour With Licensed Guide

Thursday and Saturday

9:50 Am
An Extremely Powerful Tour to the Sachsenhausen Memorial With some of the Best Professional Guides

Sachsenhausen Memorial Camp Tour

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 Berlin Sachsenhausen Tour

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.
Concentration camps were a key instrument in the Nazis regime of terror, and the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was unique. The camp was the first purpose-built concentration camp within the Third Reich and the closest one to Berlin. It is also one of the most visited World War Two concentration camps.
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.

The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour Visits:

Full Camp Entrance & licensed guide

The SS and Gestapo Prison Block

Infirmary Building

Station Z (the purpose-built execution

The Camp Kitchen

Pathology Building and Mortuary

Barrack Buildings

Tower A (the main camp entrance)
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.
We believe this tour is unlike any other way to visit and explore the history of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

All our tour guides have completed hours of training at the Memorial and have a certified Sachsenhausen Tour Guide License.

If there are no open daily tours you can find our private bookable Sachsenhausen Tours here.

Meeting Point

26€ Spaces Limited

Meeting Point: Every Thursday, & Saturday @ 10:00 AM (please show up at 9:50 to ensure transport)
Outside Hopfingerbräu
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.

Sachsnehausen Tour

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.

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.

Know Before You Go: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour

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.

Why Visit

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.
It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful.
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.

Sachsenhausem F.A.Q.

When is the Sachsenhausen Memorial Camps Opening Hours?

Normally 15 March to 14 October: daily 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
15 October to 14 March: daily 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
During the winter opening times, the museums are closed on Mondays.
However, the camp has events and other reasons to close so check the website.

Sachsenhausen Walking, and What To Wear?

Though most visits and tours are focussed on the main camp compound there is a considerable amount of walking, especially if you are walking to the camp from the station at Oranienburg. Dress for the weather and take appropriate footwear. Berlin and this part of Germany can experience extremely hot summers and cold winters and everything in between!
And naturally, dress respectfully.

Food and drinks at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp the camp?

A normal tour to the Scahsenhausen concentration camp usually takes about 6 hours, including the journey there and back and the 3 hours or so at the camp. If you were going there on your own steam and wanted to go into every structure and exhibition you would be at the camp all day.
Either way, it is advisable to bring some food and drink to sustain oneself.
Germany is not short of is food outlets/bakeries at train stations. So it is possible to get your provisions for the day before you even leave for Oranienburg. If not there are numerous options in Oranienburg, in the train station and beyond as well as a supermarket along the way.
There is a small café within the camp as well but this is passed quite early once you enter the camp.

Getting to Sachsenhausen from Berlin

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.

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.
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.
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.

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.
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