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Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

1. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

Take a tour of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp on this half-day tour from Berlin. Learn about the history of the facility that was once used for political prisoners but also served as the administrative center of the Nazi concentration camp system. You’ll take a short train ride to the outskirts of Berlin to this desolate reminder of one of the worst eras in human history. Walk through the camp as your guide describes the daily life of prisoners and explains the tactics of control used by the Nazis. Hear stories of tragedy and triumph, and learn about everyday life in the camp and some of the tactics used by the Nazis. Although this is a very sobering and somber tour you will also have a chance to remember the strong personalities of victims and survivors, whose actions still provide inspiration today.

From Berlin: Half-Day Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour

2. From Berlin: Half-Day Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour

Take a trip to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and learn about a somber but important chapter in Germany's history. Constructed in 1936 by the SS, it was built to detain all opposition to the Nazi regime. After meeting your guide in Berlin, hop on a train to Oranienburg, approximately 25 minutes outside of Berlin. Arrive at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site after a 30-minute stroll from the train station.  Start your guided experience at the Camp Administration Center, now an on-site museum, but formerly the base for overseeing the Third Reich’s 32 main camps and 1000+ satellite camps.  As you tour the site, find out from your guide about what conditions were like inside the camp, the infamous ‘Death March’ ahead of the camp’s liberation in 1945, and how the camp was used by the Soviets afterward.  Listen to stories of revolt by Jewish prisoners in 1942, defiance by British prisoners of war, and sabotage by Soviet and Polish prisoners.  Hear first-hand about the people there: different prisoner groups, their fates, and familiar names imprisoned in the camp, including Stalin’s son.  After the tour, be accompanied by your guide back to the center of Berlin.  Sites that might be visited on the tour include the following:  • Camp Administration Center (formerly the Concentration Camps Inspectorate) • Station Z • Watchtower • Commandant's House • Jewish Barracks • Punishment Cells • Pathology Laboratory • Infirmary • Special Camp 1/7 • SS Training Camp • Gallows

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

3. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

Acquire deeper knowledge of World War II history and understand the cruelty of the crimes committed against the victims of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp with a guided visit. Afterward, explore the ancient Slavic town of Postdam and its royal palaces and gardens. Board your bus at the TV tower at Alexanderplatz and begin your drive to the first stop. Meet your Sachsenhausen Memorial guide and enter the camp to understand the dimensions of the cruelty that took place there. Learn about how jobs were distributed and how the camp was run. After your visit, set off towards Potsdam. Hear the story of how it went from being a Slavic town to becoming a royal residence. See the palaces and gardens where the royal families and their courts ruled and walked. Take a guided walk and enjoy some free time to discover the area on your own.

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial 6-Hour Tour in Spanish

4. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial 6-Hour Tour in Spanish

The meeting point for the tour is at the front of the Alexanderplatz TV Tower. From here the tour makes its way to the Northern outskirts of Berlin. The train ride takes 50 minutes. This is a poignant tour of one of the most important concentration camps of both the Nazi Regime and Soviet era, told in Spanish. This 6-hour tour explores the origins of the camp, what life would have been like in the camp and the type of work performed by prisoners. With access to personal accounts of survivors, photographs, and official documents, you can understand the stark realities of Sachsenhausen. Features of the tour are the A Tower and Station Z. The A Tower was the roll-call location of the camp, and Station Z was added in 1942 with the purpose of killing victims quickly and clinically. Both of these locations are extremely sobering. Sachsenhausen also contains a very informative museum and various exhibits. Because of its close proximity to Berlin, Sachsenhausen was intended as a model camp. It was also the center for administration of all other Nazi concentration camps. Over 200,000 people passed through Sachsenhausen. At least 50,000 of these people died. After the fall of Hitler, the Soviets transformed Sachsenhausen into a gulag for their own prisoners. Today the camp is preserved for educational purposes and as a memorial site for all who were killed.

Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)

5. Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)

The Berlin WelcomeCard, available as a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6-day option, offers a great, cost-effective means to explore the city in-depth. Travel on public transport in fare zones Berlin ABC and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50% with many participating partners. Whether you're taking a city tour or visiting a museum, theater, or restaurant, when you use the Berlin WelcomeCard, you can see all Berlin has to offer at an amazing price. You'll also receive a pocket-size travel guide with lots of tour suggestions and insider tips. Each WelcomeCard includes free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old. Children under the age of 6 generally travel for free. Enjoy discounted rates for the following activities and attractions: • Sightseeing tours • Guided city tours • Bike tours • Boat rides • Various attractions • Museums • Theater/stage performances • Palaces • Restaurants & bars  • Shopping & souvenirs • Fun, sport & relax Visit sights and attractions, such as the following: • AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin • Berlin Dungeon • Olympiastadion Berlin (Olympic Stadium) • Berlin Dom  • German Spy Museum • Madame Tussauds Berlin • Legoland Discovery Centre Berlin • Tierpark Berlin • Anne Frank Center • Charlottenburg Palace • Comedy tour Berlin • German Opera • Friedrichstadt-Palast • TimeRide Berlin • TV Tower • Botanical Garden • German Historical Museum, German Museum of Technology • Asisi Panorama „Die Mauer“ • Panoramapunkt • DDR Museum • Fork & Walk Tours Berlin • and many more! And of course, you should not miss the following free sights and locations when visiting Berlin: • Brandenburg Gate & Unter den Linden • Reichstag & German Parliament (pre-booking required) • Checkpoint Charlie • East Side Gallery • Gendarmenmarkt • Kurfürstendamm • Potsdamer Platz & Alexanderplatz • Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin: Guided 4-Hour Sachsenhausen Small Group Bus Tour

6. Berlin: Guided 4-Hour Sachsenhausen Small Group Bus Tour

Take a guided tour of Sachsenhausen and learn about the atrocities that were committed there. Discover how Germans deal with this history and learn more about what the local populations knew about the realities of this immense camp system. Board a bus in central Berlin and head to Sachsenhausen, the first concentration camp that was built from the ground up to be a camp, planned and designed for maximum control. Enter the old barracks and learn about the daily lives of those imprisoned. With your guide, you'll walk around the interior of Heinrich Himmler's modern and always expandable concentration camp. Visit the commandant’s house before walking through Tower A where the words "Arbeit Macht Frei" are still visible. Once the tour has concluded, you will be picked up and brought back to Berlin in an air-conditioned bus to the meeting point at the Zoologischer Garten station.

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Day Tour

7. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Day Tour

Experience a tour of the memorial site at Sachsenhausen, one of the main concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Built in 1936 by the SS - the second major camp to be constructed after Dachau - it was set up to detain all opposition to the Nazi regime. Traveling from Berlin, transfer to Sachsenhausen by public transport, approximately 20 miles north of the city center. Upon arrival, you will learn why Sachsenhausen was created and why the Nazis developed the concentration camp system. Learn what conditions were like inside the camp, and how they worsened after the outbreak of World War II. Your guide will describe who was present in the camp, some acts of defiance by British Prisoners or War, as well acts of sabotage by Soviet and Polish prisoners.  Inside the grounds you will see memorial statues and plaques, as well as the remains of the watchtowers, barrack blocks, and execution areas. The tour also includes inspiring stories of resistance. Learn about the revolt of Jewish prisoners in 1942, and how some Jewish prisoners survived by counterfeiting millions of pounds sterling in the forgery workshop.  Hear about different prisoner groups and notable escapes, including the tunnel dug by “Jimmy” James, and the history of the ‘death march’ ahead of the camp’s liberation in 1945. At the end of the tour your guide will take you back to Berlin via train, arriving in a centrally located station such as Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, or Gesundbrunnen.

From Berlin: Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen Guided Tour

8. From Berlin: Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen Guided Tour

Discover the dark history of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, a model and training camp, on this day tour from Berlin. Explore the memorial site and educational exhibitions with a guide and hear about the causes and consequences of Nazi extremism. Your tour begins with a pickup from your accommodation in Berlin. Meet your private driver outside your hotel and enjoy a comfortable, air-conditioned ride to Sachsenhausen. Upon arrival at the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, join your guide on a private tour. See the Command Headquarters, prisoners’ barracks, and the site of the first crematorium. Continue to the Mass Grave for Concentration Camp Victims, burial grounds, and several memorials. Next, head to the museum. Walkthrough its exhibits on the camp’s operations under the Nazis and Soviets, which expose the way they tortured and executed their prisoners of war. Among the inmates, find names of political prisoners such as Joseph Stalin’s oldest son, the penultimate PM of France, and the family of the Crown Prince of Bavaria. Learn which groups the Nazis and Soviets brought to Sachsenhausen, including Jehovah's Witnesses, Soviet POWs, Polish people, Jewish people, members of the LGBTQ community, and Freemasons. Return to Berlin with your driver with a deeper understanding of the atrocities committed by the Nazis and the Soviets at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Choose between two versions of this tour. In the fully-guided option, travel with your guide from Berlin, and hear insights and commentary as you drive to Sachsenhausen. If you choose the Guide at Memorial option, travel from Berlin with your driver and meet your guide after arriving in Sachsenhausen.

Berlin and Sachsenhausen: Shore Trip from Warnemünde Port

9. Berlin and Sachsenhausen: Shore Trip from Warnemünde Port

Timed to your arrival in the port of Rostock, your day trip to Berlin begins shortly after your arrival with pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. Head straight to Berlin to see the vivacious city’s most stunning sights. Tour the government quarter, replete with stately buildings and monuments, like the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, the Tiergarten, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, and Hitler's bunker.  From there, head south through Potsdamer Platz to see the remains of the Berlin Wall, the former Headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, and Checkpoint Charlie. Time permitting, you’ll head up Friedrichstrasse to the classic heart of the German capital, which includes Gendarmenmarkt, one of the city’s most ornate squares, Unter den Linden, downtown Berlin’s central arterial, Museum Island, and the former Royal Palace of Berlin, which is currently being rebuilt.  After lunch, bus to the northern outskirts of Berlin to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial for a 60 to 75-minute visit, led by an expert guide. Learn firsthand of the atrocities carried out under Nazi rule as you tour the well-preserved concentration camp. Afterwards, you’ll be whisked back to your cruise ship, in perfect time for your departure.

Berlin: Private Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Van Trip

10. Berlin: Private Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Van Trip

Take a step back in history to the darker days of World War II and visit the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp on a private tour by minivan from Berlin. Follow your expert guide through the grounds, learning about the story of the camp and its prisoners. Head north from Berlin to see the memorial site of the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp. From 1936 to 1945, 200,000 people were imprisoned here and tens of thousands of people died from starvation, forced labour, torture, and executions. Walk through the remaining camp buildings and extensive grounds that were converted into a memorial and read first-hand documentation from WWII. Listen to factual stories from your guide to grasp a full understanding of this dark chapter in history.

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Me and my boyfriend took the tour on one of our first days/holidays in Berlin. It was a magnificent start to the trip. We were brought by a tour guide named Paul, he was extremely informative and kept the whole trip exciting and interesting. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, and we will. Even after the tour had finished Paul stayed with the group offering help and advice for travelling and transport in the city, which is otherwise difficult to navigate sometimes. It was an amazing experience and the helpfulness of the guide kept any stresses for first time travellers at an absolute minimum. Thanks again Paul, Up Wexford. Regards, Some very very happy customers

Paul was an expert with his knowledge about the concentration camps he took us to. His knowledge supplemented the entire experience of the tour. From the buildings, ovens and monuments, it’s incredible how much happened during this time period. I’m grateful for the experience Paul gave me because I’ve gained a different perspective of the realities of the holocaust. I recommend this tour to anyone because it was such a life changing experience. Will definitely recommend my friends and family. Thank you Paul! God Bless you!

It was very informational and moving. The guide, Peter, was very knowledgeable about the subject and was good about keeping the tone appropriate considering the subject matter.

The tour was great with a lot of learning, reflection and History. The guide was very gentle and open to any questions.

Somber and enlightening experience facilitated by a very professional guide.