Berlin with Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Berlin is a fascinating city and the more things change (and they have), the more they stay the same. We’ve created a Berlin experience where you will explore the horrors of Sachsenhausen Concentration camp and see the highlights of Berlin.
This is an amazing, personal, and authentic Berlin experience that gives you an inside view of the City's turbulent past and promising future. We pick you up at the ship in Warnemünde or Rostock in a comfortable A/C car, van, or bus. We’ll whisk you to Berlin in comfort and style. Your guide, driver, and vehicle will be completely yours for the entire day.
After a drive through the rolling fields of Mecklenburg, we’ll start our day with a visit to Sachsenhausen.
Built in the forests north of Berlin 1936 as the model camp and HQ of the entire concentration camp system, Sachsenhausen played a pivotal role in Holocaust history.
Sachsenhausen served as the model camp in terms of design and administration, where commandant of Auschwitz Höss and Birkenau’s Moll were both trained. Here the prisoners of the Reich capital were housed, and long term hostage prisoners, European royalty, politicians, Stalin's step son, relatives of Churchill, would be assassins of Hitler, as well as a total of 200,000 prisoners of all denominations over 9 years. At least 50,000 never left the camp alive. Here the Nazi gas vans and chambers were pioneered. On this tour we cover
- • The troop camp and Casino
- • Tower A and registration yard
- • The Jewish Barracks
- • The Counterfeiters
- • The Gestapo prison
- • Work and daily routine and the boot testing track
- • The kitchen block exhibition of camp history and artifacts (opened 2010)
- • Station Z gas chamber, furnaces, the killing trench and barracks
- • The industrial yard and 'boot factory' where Auschwitz's victims' possessions were sorted
- • The hospital and pathology blocks
After this visit we’ll drive quickly to Berlin where we break for lunch at a traditional German restaurant with some of the greatest beer in Berlin.
Your Berlin experience continues after lunch with an overview of Berlins highlilghts
We’ll weave the incredible stories of this city into a comprehensive overview that ranges from Berlin’s origins as a Slavic fishing village, to the splendor of Prussia, the rise of Berlin as the capital of a world-power, the emergence of the Nazis, and Berlin’s post-war rebirth.
Your Berlin Tour will typically include the following sites.
- • Brandenburg Gate
- • Paris Square
- • Unter den Linden
- • Siegessäule: the Victory Column
- • Tiergarten: The Royal Hunting Grounds
- • Reichstag: the seat of Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, with the famous Norman Foster Dome
- • Site of SS and Gestapo HQs (Topography of Terror)
- • Nazi Air Ministry
- • Hitler's Bunker (we show you where the bunker was and stand above it. You can't go inside)
- • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)
- • Checkpoint Charlie
- • The Berlin Wall
- • The "Deathstrip"
- • Gendarmenmarkt
- • Museum Island and Pleasure Garden (Lustgarten)
- • Bebelplatz, scene of the Nazi Book burning
- • St. Hedwig’s Silesian Cathedral
- • Humboldt University
- • State Opera
- • War Memorial for the Victims of Militarism and Fascism (Neue Wache)
- • Berlin Cathedral
- • TV Tower (that tall thing that looks like an asparagus)
- • Royal Armoury (Zeughaus)
- • Palace Square (Schlossplatz)
- • Red Town Hall
- Your day ashore includes the following:
- professional and personable English-speaking guide in from Warnemünde to Berlin--all day
- Transfer Warnemünde (or Rostock or Wismar)–Berlin–Warnemunde (or Rostock or Wismar) in a private, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
- private A/C vehicle in Berlin all day
- some surprises along the way
- Additional Information:
The memorial is closed on Mondays. The grounds are still open but all of the visitor facilities and museums are closed. Although we don’t recommend visiting on Mondays, we will take you. The tour will be a little shorter
Cost of lunch is not included in the price. In most restaurants, credit cards are not accepted. You will need cash (EUR only) to purchase lunch. No shops in Berlin take US$.
For your own comfort, please consider bringing a bottle of water!
We stop to use the restrooms the drive to Berlin. In Germany, it is customary to pay for the restrooms. The bonus here is that the restrooms are clean and useable. Please bring soem €.50 coins with you.
It goes without saying that this is a sample itinerary. This is not a chorooligical detail of your portntial tout. Actual start/end depend on your ship's arrival/departure time. Times, sequence, and locations could vary depending on several factors. Sometimes ships are late arriving or the captain will declare an early departure. Berlin traffic is often frustrating, not like Paris or Mexico City, but still a factor to take into consideration. The tour is yours and personalized to you, so it might be different than someone else's.
- Price for your entire group: