Hamburg & Neuengamme Concentration Camp
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Explore the Hanseatic City of Hamburg -- Germany's second-largest metropolis and one of Europe's biggest ports. Elegant and cosmopolitan Hamburg is now a city of palatial office buildings, wonderful promenades, international musicals and exquisite shopping malls.
Take a panoramic drive past Hamburg's main attractions -- City Hall, Germany's oldest Stock Exchange, the UNSECO World Heritage Site Speicherstadt warehouse quarter built in Gothic redbrick architecture, and the Jungfernstieg. The latter is an elegant shopping area. Time permitting, the drive will also skirt Outer Alster Lake -- one of the top addresses in Hamburg for private residences, consulates and renowned businesses.
Head to the former Neuengamme Concentration Camp. Neuengamme was the main concentration camp of Northern Germany during World War II. It provided free labor for the armaments industry and was set up for the purpose of extermination through work. In January of 1945, there were about 50,000 prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system -- including almost 10,000 women. Neuengamme included about 60 sub-camps spread over northwestern Germany with more than 20 camps in Hamburg alone. British soldiers liberated the prisoners in 1945.
After a 30-minute introduction to the camp, you are free explore on your own. It is the hope of the local people that your visit here will continue to encourage enlightenment through the documentation of the events at this memorial museum. As Sir Winston Churchill famously said, "The further backward you can look, the further forward you are likely to see."
This tour includes approximately two hours of walking over uneven and cobblestone surfaces at Neuengamme Concentration Camp. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. A Whisper audio system is used for the guided tour at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp. Bring euros (€), as most shops do not accept US currency or credit cards for small purchases. Use of public restroom facilities costs 50¢ - €1. Shops are closed on Sundays and bank holidays; a few souvenir shops may be open. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.