Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Memorial Overview
In 1936 prisoners set up a concentration camp near Berlin: Sachsenhausen concentration camp. During the Nazi regime, it served as the state’s model camp. Many of the brutal ideas which would spread to other facilities were first tested and implemented here.
A total of around 200,000 people (especially political opponents, Soviets and Jews) were imprisoned, put into forced labour, tortured or killed here. In the late summer of 1941, a mass shooting range was built which saw the murder of tens of thousands of Soviet prisoners of war.
The evacuation of the camp by the SS began on the morning of April 21, 1945, when the Red Army was only a few kilometres away. The remaining political prisoners, Jewish prisoners and other camp inmates were forced to embark upon a cruel “death march” in terrible conditions to flee. Many died or were killed during this ordeal, before surviving prisoners and camp commanders were finally intercepted by Soviet forces in the following weeks.
Now a memorial site and museum, Sachsenhausen is preserved to honour the memory of these victims. This private excursion from Berlin will give you an understanding of the tragic events that took place here, and their lasting effect on the city and its residents.
Sachsenhausen Tour Details
It is important to us to present the history of Sachsenhausen and the Third Reich camp system in as much detail as possible, whilst also remaining sensitive to its impact and respectful of those who tragically suffered and lost their lives.
We base our tour on the most up-to-date specialist literature, as well as numerous eyewitness reports from the time. It is not our aim to shock visitors during the private tour, however we do believe it’s important to do justice to the events that took place at Sachsenhausen between 1936 and 1945.
This tour is an essential education for anyone wishing to understand the devastating legacy of Nazi concentration camps before and during the Second World War. However, one should also take into account that the place itself has a strong emotional impact on everyone.
Of course, as this is a private experience we can tailor the tour to your wishes and can omit areas of the facility if desired. If you would like to enquire about this private experience, please use the form below. You can also book online and confirm additional details with us afterwards.
- This tour includes tickets to the camp, private transportation with driver and a private guide.
- All of our city guides are licensed for a private tour within the memorial and will accompany your visit with in-depth knowledge and due respect.
- The itinerary can be personalised to highlight (or omit) particular areas of interest for you and your group
Note: Due to its sensitive content, the tour of Sachsenhausen is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Interested in more of Berlin’s Jewish History? Take a look at our full day and half day Jewish Heritage tours, which take you through some of the most important sights and memorials in the city with a local expert.