Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Take the Berlin S-Bahn S1 (leaving every 20 minutes) to Oranienburg train station. Directly outside the main station entrance are the bus stops. You can catch the #804 bus to the camp but its only an hourly service that leaves at about 20 past the hour. The walk to the camp takes about 20 minutes. From outside the front of the station turn right and walk about 300m along Stralsunder Str. Turn right and go under the railway bridge. Keep walking until you reach a cross road, there is a Netto Supermarket on the corner, turn left along Strasse der Einhelt. Walk on the right hand side of the road until you reach a small memorial to the death march. Immediately turn right and keep walking you will eventually reach the camp and the visitor’s centre. Beware if you take Dianastrasse which is slightly shorter way to get to the camp as there is a gate controlled by a code. It was 2207 & the bell sign at the time of writing (still the same July 2012) or if there is a tour group in front the guide will know the code.
45 minutes plus a short-ish walk
Oranienburg can be reached very easily from Berlin via the main north/south train line. Take the train to the stop 'Oranienburg' and from the main railway station the museum is a 20-30 minute walk and well signposted.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
By Train: S- Bahn, line S 1 (Wannsee-Oranienburg) to Oranienburg (train terminates here; 50 min. journey from Friedrichstrasse station).
Regional train RE 5 from Berlin (various stations) to Oranienburg (40 min. journey from Zoologischer Garten station).
Regional train RB 12 from Lichtenberg station to Oranienburg (30 min journeny time).
Bus 804 departs hourly form the square in front of Oranienburg railway stations, in the direction of Malz, as far as the memorial (Gedenkstatte) or on foot, follow the signs (20 Mins)
BY CAR OR COACH 9FROM CENTRAL BERLIN):
take the A11 towards Hamburg; at the Oranienburg junciton take the A 10 (Berliner Ring) in the direction of Prenzlau as far as the Birkenwerder exit; then take the B 96 towards Oranienburg and follow the signs to the Memorial.
take the A 114; at the Pankow junction take the A 10 (Berliner Ring) in the direction of Hamburg as far as the Birkenwerder exit; then take the B 96 towards Oranienburg adn follow the signs to the Memorial.
15th March to 14th October: daily, 8:30 am - 6 pm
15th October to 14 March; daily, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Archive and library: Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 am - 4:30 pm
On Mondays, the museums are closed
Guided tours and project days seminars cost 15 Eurps, - for groups of up to fifteen people and 25 Europs, - for groups of up to thirty people.
If you are on your own I would recomend buying a map for 50 euro cent...it is number and has details of each stop along the camp site....in addition you can rent for 5 Euros headphone in your language that coorisponds to each stop....(If you only have a short time I would recomend this)
To the Sachsenhausen
I have only gone to Oranienburg to go to Sachsenhausen concentration camp but it seems a nice village anyway. Larger than most I have gone to around Berlin with a good central train station and what looked to be (as we rode the bus) a lot of nice restaurants and places around. Its a suburb of Berlin so many people take a train into the city to work then ride back out to live at the end of the day.
You must take the 804 bus to go to Sachsenhausen. Inside the station you can ask at the office at what time it comes around. When you are on the bus you have to make sure you tell the bus driver than you need to stop at the memorial of the concentration camp or he will not stop otherwise on his regular route. To leave the camp at around 17 minutes past every hour the bus comes to take you back to the station. Stand outside at the stop just past the gates to get a ride. I know its looks really deserted at night and everything, and you begin to fear it never comes along such a quiet regular looking street, but its comes.
To Get There
You can take an Sbahn train with the direction of Oranienburg from Fredrichstrasse station. We happened to buy ours at Alexanderplatz and chose to take the longer routh along the outside of the of C section to see the countryside. But you can still get a ticket for a reasonable price around 6Euros.