Mauthausen Travel Guide

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    main gate
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    Entrance to the Garage Yard
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    Quarry
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  • The rock quarry

    The prisoners were brought here to the rock quarry, known as the "Wiener Graben". They used the stone from the quarry to build the granite fortress-prison of the main camp. Stone from the quarry had been used to pave the streets of Vienna but was needed for Hitler's grandiose projects.

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  • The Parachute Jump

    Prisoners were forced to run up and down the stairs of death. Frequently those that survived that fate were taken to the top of the quarry and forced to jump to their deaths. SS humour named this the parachute jump. Though the ledge was narrow no SS troops ever fell off the ledge. The area where the ledge was is overgrown today.

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  • The Catholic Church

    The majority of prisoners that were sent to Mauthausen were Catholics. This Catholic Church has been built in the former kitchen.

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  • Roll Call Square

    The working day started at 4.45 am in the summer and 5.15 am in the winter. The day ended at 7pm. There were 2 roll calls each day which were held in this area. Behind the granite wall on the right was the quarantine camp. The building on the left with 2 chimneys was the hospital which contained a gas chamber in the basement.

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  • The Wailing Wall

    When prisoners first arrived they were made to stand by the 'Wailing Wall' . There were iron rings set in the wall which were used to chain up the prisoners. The wall straight ahead is the wailing wall . The wailing wall and the wall on the left now have personal memorials placed there by families of the victims.

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  • The Prisoner's Gate

    The prisoners referred to this entrance as the Mongol gate or the Mongolian gate. The 2 watch towers above the gate give the appearance of Chinese architecture. The picture was taken from outside the camp. Because of the ready supply of granite this was the most ornate concentration camp with extensive use of the stone. The stairs on the right lead...

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  • The Memorial Gardens

    This was originally the site of the SS Barracks and it was located between the main camp and the quarry steps. In 1949 the site was turned into a memorial garden with the first memorial being donated by France. There are now 22 monuments and more than 30 inscribed plaques.

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  • The Stairs of Death

    There are 186 steps on the stairs of death. The prisoners were forced to carry 25 kgs blocks of granite on their back up the 186 steps. The weight was gradually increased and as the prisoners tired they would fall backwards striking other prisoners causing a dominoes effect. The SS use to gamble on who would fall. I walked down the stairs when it...

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  • Visit a World War 2 Concentration Camp

    The former concentration camp located in Mauthausen is one camp of hundreds that have been turned into museums today. The camp at Mauthausen I found to be special. Inside I was able to see first hand the places where many Jewish, Russian, and other peoples who didn't fit the Nazi ideal of racial superiority were held against their will for many...

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  • Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp

    There's not really much to say about, but Mauthausen Concentration Camp deserves a visit, and not for the camp itself, but in memory of all the people who have lost theis lifes.A big parking is available outside the complex, and the complex entrance fee is about 2 EUR with the availability of instant translation and explanation instruments, in...

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  • main gate

    pictured is the main gate to mauthausen concentration camp. this is were you enter the camp from the parking lot. because of the camp's stone construction much of the camp looks the same as when it was built in 1938. once there was a metal eagle and swastika above the gate but it was removed when the camp was liberated in 1945. mauthausen's most...

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  • "parachute jump"

    once the prisoner carried the huge blocks of granite up the 186 steps of death sadistic s.s. guards often pushed them over the edge of the quarry for their sick entertainment. these guards called this procedure "the parachute jump". it is hard to imagine the cruelity and mindset of the perpetrators of these horrific crimes.

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  • todesstiege

    pictured is the todesstiege "steps of death". next to the camp was a large granite quarry that provided building material for projects of the third reich. inmates were required to carry large blocks of granite up the 186 steps of death. because of the size and weight of the blocks many could not accomplish the task and were executed.

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  • crematorium

    pictured is one of the crematorim ovens in the mauthausen death complex. this was the final procedure in the murder process of tens of thousands of inmates of mauthausen. the gas chamber and crematorium complex is a very disturbing section of the camp and is definately not for the squeamish or for children.

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  • refrigeration room

    located near the gas chamber is the refrigeration room. after a person was gassed and their fillings were removed their bodies were stored in this refrigerated room before being taken to the crematorium. again, a very disturbing section of the camp to visit.

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  • disection room

    located next to the gas chamber is the very disturbing disection room. after a person was gassed they were taken to this room to have their gold fillings removed. the box to the right was for the collection of the fillings. also this room was used for cruel medical experiments.

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  • gas chamber

    pictured is the door to the mauthausen gas chamber. the gas chamber and crematorium is located in a large building on roll call square. a very disturbing part of the camp to visit.

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  • memorial

    pictured is one of a number of memorials to the victims of mauthausen. this memorial is located in the roll call area in front of the hospital and gas chamber.

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  • camp barracks

    once you enter the mongol gate to the left you will see some of the remaining wooden prisoner barracks. like all third reich camps the barracks were over crowded and the sanitary conditions deplorable.

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  • mongol gate

    after you go up the stairs from the garage courtyard you will come to the "mongol" gate. this gate with it's two identical guard towers got it's name from the oriental look of the towers. at the gate is the office where you pay the admission fee to the rest of the camp and can get an audio guide. at the time of my visit the fee was 2 euro.

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  • kommandant's balcony

    over looking the s.s garage is the balcony where camp kommandant ziereis would give speeches to his s.s. guards and to inmates.

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  • courtyard of the s.s garage

    once you go through the main gate you enter the first courtyard. it was in this courtyard inmates were assembled to hear speeches and instructions from the camp kommandant.

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  • the KZ

    The former KZ is outside of the village and it is a interesting museum now, not much of the barracks are missing, you can walk though the rooms and see the gas-chambers, it is terrible. Sad to see how the prisoners had to live there, 50 or even more people in one room. Not many prisoners survived this KZ.

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  • Categories of prisoners in Mauthausen

    The prisoners were forced to wear a coloured triangles in order to identify the category to which they belong: Gypsy, Gay, Jewish, Political prisoners...

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  • Mauthausen memorials

    On the green field at the entrance in the Concentration Camp, numerous nations subjugated by Germany during the World War II placed monuments in order to remember their prisoners from Mauthausen.

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  • Mauthausen Concentration Camp map

    This is the map of Mauthausen Concentration Camp presenting the position of the barracks and of Wiener Graben.

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  • Mauthausen - The Wailing Wall

    The newly arrived prisoners had to pass an initiation ritual which included passing hours and sometimes days standing facing "The Wailing Wall" chained to iron rings. They were interrogated and brutally beaten. Today the wall is covered with numerous memorial tablets.

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Mauthausen Warnings and Dangers

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    by ealgisi Updated Jan 5, 2009

    To use highways you must purchase and display a tax disc (vignette) on your vehicle. Choose from 10-day, 2-month and annual tax discs.

    The penalty for not displaying a disc is €120 for cars and €65 for motorcycles. They are sold at border crossings, fuel stations and post offices.

    €7,50 for 10 days
    €22 for 2 months
    €70 or so for a year

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Mauthausen Off The Beaten Path

  • hartheim castle

    located about 10 miles northwest of the city of linz is hartheim castle. hartheim is near the village of alkoven austria. the castle was built in 1600 by jacob von aspen. it is most famous for being the austrian center of the nazi T-4 euthanasia program. during the years of the third reich this castle was fitted with a gas chamber and crematorium...

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  • Winter Snowboarding on Hinterstoder...

    If you visit Mauthausen during the winter and are staying in town for a few days and like to snowboard or ski why not take a small excursion over to the local mountain of Hinterstoder. Drive into Lintz only 20 miles away or take the train to Lintz from Mauthausen. If you have a car park it at the train station in Lintz and take a train up to...

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  • Useful phone numbers

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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  • Few words in German (Austrian)

    Here are some words you might like to know:good evening: Abendgood night: guade Nochthi / hello: hallo / servasgood day: grias Godgood morning: Morgengood bye: Wiedaschaunbye: pfiat Dithank you: donkschesorry: tschuldigecheers: prost / servasplease: bitte / bittschebless you: GsundheitI feel sick: mir is schlecht

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  • Mauthausen Concentration Camp entrance...

    The fee for Mauthausen Concentration Camp is EUR 2- for adults and the ticket can be bought from the entrance. Audio guides and guided tours (English, Italian) are also available.

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