There are many exhibitions and sights that remind visitors of Berlin’s dark past. Here are the most visited that should not be missed. Free Tours by Foot also offers a Third Reich Tour if you want to learn more on the topic.
Topography of Terror Documentation Center
Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin
Daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The outdoor grounds are accessible until dusk (not later than 8 p.m.)
This documentation center is an indoor and outdoor museum on the propaganda, terrors, and oppression of 1933-1945 and should not be missed. It is located on the former site of the Secret State Police Headquarters. There are several exhibitions on display and the admission is free.
The Holocaust Memorial
Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin
Exhibition hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (last admission 7.15 p.m.)
The memorial is located in the heart of the city next to the Brandenburger Gate. Walk through it and don’t miss out on the exhibition center. People report different reactions from visiting this sight, but most agree that it is an intense and somber experience reminding the visitor of the dark past. This memorial is part of more sights in the surrounding area commemorating minorities and prosecuted of the Nazi era.
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Straße der Nationen 22, D-16515 Oranienburg
Open daily between 8:30 a.m - 6p.m.
Located just outside on the north side of Berlin, the structure of this concentration camp is still intact and can be visited. This camp was built in 1936 and portrays the ideal concentration camp setting, its architecture expressing the SS worldview with absolute power of the SS over its prisoners. Take the S1 train north to its last stop Oranienburg. From there it is a 20 minute walk, just follow the signs. You will need a BC train ticket.
Please also check out our self-guided Jewish Berlin tour.