Oranienburg Travel Guide

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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Oranienburg Things to Do

  • White City Housing Estate

    Between 1936 & 1937 the Heinkel Aircraft Company built a new factory and works in Oranienburg. It was anticipated that it would employ up to 10.000 people with a large number being skilled worker. To house some of these skill workers a new housing estate was also built called White City which provided subsidised. It was planned to build 18...

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  • From the Railway Station to the Camp

    During a recent visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp I spent some time looking at a book in English regarding the construction of the camp. I always thought that the prisoners arrived at the main railway station in Orainenburg and were then marched to the camp. But whilst flicking through the pages I realised that the street names of the...

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  • Werkflugplatz Oranienburg

    On the outskirts of Oranienburg is a disused airfield which was the Heinkel Flugzeugwerke. Completed in 1937 it was used by Ernst Heinkel to test hundreds of fighters and bombers during WW2 including jet powered aircraft. Because a large number of people were employed at the works, a housing estate was built for the workers called White City which...

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  • The Green Monster

    As you walk along the original camp drive from the Visitors’ Centre to the entrance of the camp you can see on the right a green wooden building. The building was built in 1937 by the prisoners and was later called the green monster or the casino. It stood on the central axis with the main camp. It had a concrete basement and the wooden building...

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  • Work makes (one) free

    ‘Arbeit macht frei’, ‘Work makes (one) free’. A slogan used by the Nazis at some of their concentration camps including Sachsenhausen, normally set into the gates. The slogam was first used at the original camp in Orainenburg and was ordered put up by Theodor Eicke. Under the Nazis it did not matter how hard you worked it certainly was not a way...

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  • Visitors Centre

    The new visitors information centre was opened in 2004 in former workshops that were used for the maintenance of weapons. I would recommend paying it a visit to obtain guide books, leaflets and audio aids. Unfortunately it must have been a bad day for the staff when I visited as the reception was slightly icy. The site is open daily from 0830-1800...

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  • Soviet Cemetery and Memorial

    This is one of the small Soviet Cemetries and memorials that you see around Brandenburg and Berlin. It is close to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp but it is largely unknown to most visitors because it is not on the route to the camp. There is now a small information board outside the cemetery.

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  • GDR National Memorial

    The monument that dominates Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is the GDR’s National Memorial right in the centre of the camp. It stands some 40 metres high and the 3 sides of the monument have red triangles. The Nazis used different symbols, mainly triangles, letters and colours to identify prisoners in their concentration camps. A red triangle...

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  • Operation Bernhard-Barracks 18 & 19

    Operation Bernhard, named after SS Major Bernhard Krüger was an attempt by the Nazis to destabilise the currencies of the UK and USA during WW2. During the autumn of 1942 a small number of Jewish prisoners and printing equipment were moved into Barracks 19 at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp to work in isolation from the rest of the camp. This was...

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  • Lehnitzsee

    On my return trip from the Brickworks to the railway station I decided I would take a different route by walking by the Lehnitz Lake. There is a well laid out footpath which is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists. Besides the beauty of the lake ever so often there are information boards about the flora and fauna. There are some places to sit...

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  • Information on the Klinkerwerk

    If you continue walking past the Klinkerwerk Camp with the Hohenzollern Canal on your left you will eventually come to this site. It has a number of plain walls that have a complete history of the Klinkerwerk. It is nothing spectacular but this may improve when the historical park is complete. The cladding stones that were made at the brick works...

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  • The new exhibition at the Klinkerwerks

    I last visited the Klinkerwerks on 07 November 2011 when I returned on 17 July 2012 there had been a number of changes. On 04 December 2011 a ceremony took place to open a new exhibition at the Brickworks by the deputy mayor who was joined by some former prisoners of the camp. The permanent exhibition consists of 16, 2 x 1 m glass columns that are...

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  • Remains of the large shed

    At one stage the brickworks was the largest in the world. The bricks and facing stones were going to be needed for the new capital of the world Germania after the end of the war. As the war went on it was decided to use the furnaces to anneal grenades. On 10 April 1945 an allied bombing raid destroyed most of the camp including the large shed used...

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  • Shooting Range at the Klinkerwerk

    The Klinkerwerks or Brickworks is one of those forgotten Satellite Camps of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. There is only a small memorial which has been erected by the main road and the start of the road to the camp and very few people have the time to try and find this out of way place. The memorial was erected at this location in 1977...

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  • Eicke House

    Theodor Eicke was an infamous Nazi. He was one of those responsible for shooting Ernest Rohm after he refused to commit suicide, following the night of the long knives. He became the commandant of Dachau Concentration Camp in 1933 and in 1934 he was promoted to head the inspectorate of concentration camps which was located at Sachsenhausen, where...

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  • Klinkerwerk Camp

    Work started on the Klinkerwerk in 1938 and it became the largest brick works in the world. The aim of the camp was to create bricks and other building material for the new Germania. Up to 1,500 prisoners were originally marched from the main camp to the brick works and back each day for their 12 hour shifts. Barracks were constructed on the site...

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  • Klinkerwerk Bakery

    As you walk down the lane towards where the Klinkerwerk was located, the first original building that you can see is the former bakery. Built in 1941 it was used to supply the main camp with bread and the local population with bread and cakes. At its height it was producing 30,000 loaves a day, baked by 80 prisoners, working 12 hour shifts. It...

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  • Klinkerwerk Memorial Plaque

    One of the satellite camps of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was the Klinkerwerk. Opened in April 1938, working there was regarded as a punishment and a death sentence due to the harsh conditions and prisoners from the minority groups were used as labour. Prisoners were marched from the main camp to the brick works where they had to work...

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  • Oranienburg Palace

    Most people travel to Oranienburg to visit the former concentration camp at Sachsenhausen but as you walk from the railway station instead of turning right towards Sachsenhausen, under the railway bridge, turn left along Bernauer Strasse and after about 1km you will reach the Oranienburg Palace. The Baroque Palace dates from 1655 and is the...

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  • The original Oranienburg Concentration...

    For most travellers a visit to Oranienburg usually means visiting the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Unless you carefully read the information you may be unaware that this was not the first concentration in Oranienburg. The original camp in the town centre was one of the first in Germany and was located in a disused factory which was a former...

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  • The Commandant's House

    This rather plain building was used as the offices of the Commandant of the camp from 1936 to 1945. Working in the Commandant’s House was considered a good career move by SS Officers and the way to advancement. After the war its function remained the same but it was now used by the Soviet Commandant of the Special Camp. It now houses public toilets...

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  • The Laundry

    This original stone building was built in 1937. It was used as a laundry to wash the prisoner’s clothes on a commercial scale and also housed a smaller area for ironing. Behind the laundry was another barracks which was used for the drying the clothes, it was also used for concerts. The building now houses an events room with the foyer used for...

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  • The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

    The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp (1936 - 1945) was built by concentration camp prisoners from the Emsland camps. It was the first new camp to be established after Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed Chief of the German Police.More than 200,000 people were imprisoned her between 1936 and 1945. Tens of thousands of people died from...

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  • Prisoners Kitchen

    The prisoners’ kitchen is one of the few surviving original buildings in the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. The ingredients provided for the prisoners’ meals was sparse; hunger and starvation common place. The prisoners drew humorous pictures on the walls of the kitchen basement which were refined over the years. When WW2 ended the kitchen...

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  • Oranienburg Palace Gardens

    Opposite the palace are its gardens which date from the same period as the Palace. The garden has been altered a number of times over the years but it still retains its original orangery.

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  • Unknown Sachsenhausen-SS Parade Ground

    The former SS Camp is now used by the Oranienburg Police Department. In the inmates’ camp the main feature was the Appell Platz. In the SS Camp this translated into the enormous parade ground around which all the Barracks were located together with other important buildings. It is now overgrown and wild to the extent that whilst I was walking...

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  • The SS Camp Entrance

    The Sachsenhausen complex was huge at approximately 500 acres and only a small part was used by the inmates in their triangular shaped camp. There was a large training camp for the SS Garrison which numbered about 4,000 of which nearly 400 were women. As you walk along the main camp road with the inmates camp to the left on the right was the SS...

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    by alancollins Written Aug 4, 2012

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    I caught a Regional Express Train from Berlin to Oranienburg. As I had plenty of time I thought I might have something to eat at McDonald when I arrived in Oranienburg. I know that there is one at the railway station because I have used it before but normally on the return journey. I conjured up in my mind an egg McMuffin with a coffee would be great. It was only 1000hrs so they should still be serving the breakfast menu? On arrival I went straight in to the restaurant and started to order my egg McMuffin, that was when I discovered they didn't do a breakfast menu at this outlet. My heart sank as I had to settle for a plain burger instead, though they did do coffee so I was partly satisfied. The restaurant is small with only a few seats and a couple of staff. It does become busy during weekday afternoons as students wait for their buses which stop outside.

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Oranienburg Transportation

  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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Oranienburg Local Customs

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    by alancollins Updated Dec 3, 2013

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    I was having a walk around the centre of Oranienburg on the 11 November when I heard a band and could see people dressed in costumes in the distance. I went and joined the crowd and watched them perform outside the Oranienburg Palace. There was a wedding taking place inside the palace and I thought there was some connection, which there was none. After talking to some of the crowd around the area I discovered it was the start of the festival or carnival season which starts at 11.11am. It is the fifth festival and is celebrated in most German speaking countries. After the festival is opened it is adjourned until close to Ash Wednesday, depending upon the area, when the festivals/carnival and parties start. Cologne has one of the largest festivals and I have attached the link for dates in 2014.

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