Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Get There: The camp is actually located just outside of the city. Take the S-bahn Wannsee to Oranienburg to the last stop, a 45-minute journey from Berlin-Friedrichstraße station. Once off the train you will need to take the bus line 804 towards Malz or bus line 821 towards Tiergarten to the Sachsenhausen memorial and get off at stop Gedenkstätte.
Cost: The camp itself is free, but a guided tour will set you back 14€ and an audio guide 3€
If you are visiting Berlin, is it worth taking half a day break from clambering around the modern city, and heading to the outskirts in order to visit Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Not as famous as Auschwitz, but an important part of history nonetheless, this camp saw more than 100,000 Jews, Communists, intellectuals and homosexuals killed here between 1936 and 1945. A haunting visit, this vast space includes buildings preserved in their original form which still echo with the stories of those who spent their final days here. You can book a tour guide to walk you around or hire an audio guide for a couple of euros. Either way, this place is best explored with some form of guided navigation; the place is too vast and the stories too important to wander around on your own- you’ll have no idea what you are looking at. It’s worth chucking some sandwiches in your bag to avoid buying food when you’re there, and it’s worth setting aside an entire day and not rushing through each building.
Hobo Tip: Be fucking respectful. Don’t be that tourist taking selfies in front of execution posts or leaving your rubbish dumped outside the pathology building.
Rowan still hasn’t finished War & Peace, but she did use it to balance her dinner once. Living in London, she’s steadily working her way through the Europe’s great cities and hopes to try every wine in England before her visa expires.