Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
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Approximately 12½ hours
An approximately 2½-hour escorted motorcoach ride takes you from Warnemünde to the city of Oranienburg, located 20 miles north of Berlin. During the journey, your host will hand out a light breakfast snack and water.
Arriving in Oranienburg, meet your local guide at the train platform and board a motorcoach.
A short drive brings you to the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site. Sachsenhausen, built in 1933, was one of the first Nazi concentration camps. The first internees were communists and other political prisoners. Although this was not a 'Death Camp' like Auschwitz or Treblinka, thousands of prisoners died here, mostly of starvation. In 1958, the camp became an international memorial site in what was then East Germany and has been preserved to honor the memory of those who lost their lives here. See the hospital rooms and Station Z where executions took place. In the former barracks, a museum tells its grisly history. The former laundry is now a chapel.
Re-board the motorcoach for the drive from Sachsenhausen to Berlin, which takes approximately 45 minutes.
Upon arrival in Berlin, head to a hotel where an authentically German lunch awaits you.
Your guide introduces you to some of the most important sights in the German capital, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, and the Holocaust Memorial. You'll also pass Check Point Charlie and the Gendarmenmarkt -- a 17th-century square and the site of the twin French and German cathedrals.
Head back to Warnemünde; a light snack will be served on the coach.
Parental discretion advised; recommended minimum age is 12 years. Tour requires approximately two hours of walking time at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Due to the uneven, cobblestone surface, tour is not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or those with mobility limitations. The tour does not include an inside visit to the Holocaust Memorial Visitor Center -- it includes a photo stop only. The tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Use of public restroom facilities costs 50 cents - €1 cash. Shops are closed on Sundays and holidays; a few souvenir shops may be open. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.