Only part of the detention barrack remains today as most of it was pulled down in 1964. It originally consisted of a building containing 40 cells surrounded by a high wall. The remaining building includes 2 cells, an exhibition and a plaque outside to a number of well known victims who were executed in the courtyard. These include Pastor Dietrich...more
The crematorium at Flossenburg was built in 1940 just outside the camp walls. Prisoners were executed within metres of the building and the bodies taken into the crematorium for disposal. Though the building remains the route used to transport bodies from the camp via an entrance in the camp wall has been blocked off.more
The Valley of Death is one of the oldest Concentration Camp Memorials in Germany with work first starting in 1946. The memorial starts at the back of the camp and you walk down steps pass the gate posts to the former entrance at the camp that have been moved to this location. You continue down the steps pass the crematorium. There is a plaque close...more
None of the camps wooden huts have survived. The more substantial Prisoner’s Kitchen and Laundry buildings that form 2 sides of the roll call ground are at present being renovated and the whole area is fenced off at present whilst building work takes place. The roll call took place in the morning and evening. Prisoners were forced to stand to...more
A cemetery of honour for the victims of the camp was built between 1957 and 1960 where the isolation blocks, workshops and disinfection buildings had stood at the rear of the camp. More than 5,500 people are buried in the cemetery of honour their bodies having been disinterred from along side the death march route and from local cemeteries.more
To stop the prisoners from escaping from the camp it was ringed by an electrified fence. Watch Towers built from granite stone were spaced at regular intervals to give the guards a clear line of fire. A small portion of the fence survives and three guards towers one of which is incorporated in the ‘Jesus in the Dungeon’ Chapel.more
The first place to visit is the former SS Headquarters. There is a screening room where you press a play button and watch a film about the history of the camp. In the corridor are leaflets in a number of languages that are handy for a self conducted tour of the camp, showing points of interest and information. The leaflets cost a few cents and...more
If you travel by car the Flossenburg Concentration Camp it is well signposted from junction 21 on the A93. If you have to travel by public transport the nearest railway station is located at Weiden. The bus stops are opposite the railway station and I noticed the bus is #6222 and it terminates out side the Flossenburg Camp. The bus journey takes 1 hour and the bus only leaves every 2 hours during the week.
Should you take local transportation, as I frequently do, the local bus drops you off near the BOTTOM of the street UP to the camp; the 10th Century Watch Tower is UP from there. While the walk is not long; it is steep. There is a nice Inn near the camp to sit in the shade with a cool bier before the haul to the top.
Although the focus is on the Concentration Camp; above the village is a 10th Century Watch Tower with a REMARKABLE COMMANDING VIEW of the area. (You can see it from the camp entrance at your back, and just to the right and UP) Restoration was carried only so far as to stabilize for touring. (I believe the SS used it during the camp period to house their guard dogs. Moderate walk UP to the tower. I picked up a lunch from an Inn just DOWN the street and a bottle chilled Apfelshorle (Carbonated Apple juice alchohol & nicht alchohol) from the grocery next to the camp entrance; had a very pleasant lunch on top and good pics! Suggestion: Pick up an Alpenstock cheap) at the store for the walk up; the path is a little primative and it helps the climb. Diner at the inn is basic German fare but very good. I don't speak German and they don't speak English but the staff is very friendly and we managed quite well as we had a common goal, namely sell food and eat! Note: it was my impression that they were pleased at the interest in something other than the camp...