Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp & Memorial by Coach

12.5 hours | Berlin (Warnemunde) | Z W D - 1 6 1
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$ 349.95
Min. age: 12 years (See special notes)

Points of Interest

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Berlin Wall
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

After boarding your chartered motorcoach at the pier, you'll travel through Northern Germany's rural countryside. A homemade chocolate cookie will be provided during the approximately 2.5 hour motorcoach journey en route to Oranienburg where the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is located. Once you arrive at the station, you'll meet your guide for the ride to the camp.

Established in 1936, Sachsenhausen was one of the first concentration camps built by the Nazis. During your guided tour (with headsets) you'll learn the history and the horrors as you walk by Guard Tower A (which housed the offices of the camp administration), the execution chamber, the laundry (which, today, is the site of a chapel), Station Z, and more.

As your guide leads you to the front entrance you'll notice the plaque on the gate that reads "Arbeit Macht Frei," a German phrase meaning "work will make you free." The prisoners were forced to work, making bricks for public buildings in Berlin. Sachsenhausen was also the site of one of the largest counterfeiting operations during World War II. Determined to undermine the economies of Britain and the United States, the Nazis forced inmates to forge American and British currency.

Over 200,000 people passed through the gates between 1936 and 1945; 30,000 inmates died from exhaustion, disease, malnutrition or pneumonia from the freezing winter cold. Many were executed or died as the result of brutal medical experimentation.

After World War II, when the Soviets divided the country, the camp was converted to a gulag to house political enemies where thousands more perished.

At the conclusion of your tour you'll board a motorcoach to Berlin where you'll enjoy a typical German lunch followed by a tour of the city. You'll spend the afternoon visiting some of the most poignant symbols of the German reunification. Some of your stops include the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament and one of Berlin's most historical landmarks. Nearby is the massive Brandenburg Gate. Constructed in the 18th century as a symbol of German unity, it gained notoriety as a symbol of a divided city during the Cold War. And no tour of Berlin would be complete without a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, the name of the crossing point between East and West Berlin.

You'll continue on to the Holocaust Memorial. Dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by Hitler and the Nazis during World War II, the memorial encompasses 205,000 square feet and contains 2,711 grey stone slabs.

On your return trip, a snack box and water will be served as the motorcoach takes you back to your ship.

Special Notes:

The motorcoach ride is approximately 2½ hours each way. The motorcoach is air-conditioned.

This tour is not available to passengers beginning or ending their cruise in Warnemunde.
Headsets for the visit of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp are provided ( 2 hours of walking tour ) There are no age restrictions to enter the Concentration Camp, however due to the emotional distress we recommend an age restriction of 12 years.

Tour sequences may vary to avoid congestions at venues.
The coach for the city tour is equipped with seat belts, guests are required to use them. Guests may not stay on the coach during free time. The tour runs during all weather conditions. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain.

It is advisable to bring some small change of Euro coins as some shops do not accept other currencies nor Credit Cards for small purchases (furthermore, guests may have to pay for public bathroom facilities, usually between 50,- cents and 1,-Euro pp). Shopping location may vary as most shops are closed on Sundays and bank holidays. Only a few souvenir shops may be open.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart ship by chartered motorcoach to the city of Oranienburg

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
02:30
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
4
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Upon arrival meet your guide and coach

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Guided coach transfer to the Concentration Camp Memorial

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Visit of the Concentration Camp Memorial

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Time at site:
02:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1000
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Guided transfer to Berlin by coach

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:45
Inside visit:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Arrival in Berlin and lunch at 5* hotel

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
15
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No

Panoramic tour of Berlin with stops at the Holocaust Memorial; Berlin Wall

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
02:30
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Transfer to the ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
03:00
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
Yes