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National Socialism Documentation Center

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Well worth it.

Take your time to visit this interesting and impressive place - it’s very enlightening and shocking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Highly informative, the upper floors have no english

The basement is very interesting, and has english translations of all the messages. You do need the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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This old Nazi prison, preserved in its original state, is a terrifying reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.
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Appellhofplatz 23-25, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 221 22126332
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take your time to visit this interesting and impressive place - it’s very enlightening and shocking but I would go again there’s so much to take in. Glad this is being kept alive.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The basement is very interesting, and has english translations of all the messages. You do need the the audio tour for the top floors however.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 9 of us visited here on a rainy day in cologne. We were a mixed group of teenagers and adults and weren’t sure what to expect. However, we all found it to be an emotional couple of hours as it gave a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Debbie J
Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

Entrance free if you get the 48h museumcard (including best art museums). Audios are a bit too thorough, the visit can easily take 2 hours at least but if you love the topic it's a must visit. Cells in the basement are ok but I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fabsite
Reviewed 15 December 2018

The downstairs part of the building which was where the captives were kept is thought provoking. The signs are in English and German and although I had an audio guide I hardly used it. There is also the courtyard where 400 or so people were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mark R
Reviewed 8 December 2018

Very thought provoking. Highly recommended to get an audio guide if not fluent in German. The ground and lower floors have displays in both German and English but the upper floors are in German only.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DMRA
Reviewed 4 December 2018

This former gestapo headquarters is well worth visiting, as others have mentioned it is a good idea to get an audio guide otherwise much will be missed unless fluent in German. It is not expensive. Ideally this building requires at least 2 visits as there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank islandwoman_9
Reviewed 4 December 2018

This museum is a grim reminder of how quickly a society can change, and how vulnerable those are who are targeted. It is also grimly funny how thoroughly mankind documents our worst behaviors.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Intlxpatr
Reviewed 3 December 2018

This multi level museum has managed to preserve some amazing history whilst also detailing some of the atrocious crime committed under its roof. The lower 2 levels are in both German and English, unfortunately the upper 2 levels are in German only, which was disappointing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nufc1978
Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

Sobering & engaging museum - a real effort has been made to touch on the individual victims that could be identified in this former Gestapo prison / bunker / interrogation centre. The graffiti messages from the prisoners were touching and reached out in a way...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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30 June 2018|
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Response from Soniaasb | Reviewed this property |
I think there is too much to take in for an 8yr old in the audio guide and as an English speaker rather than a German you need the audio guide because so many of the displays are in German. However you could do a much... More
10 June 2018|
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Response from Malcolm M | Reviewed this property |
Not good as it's in it's original condition narrow corridors a lot of steps.sorry to say.
2 November 2017|
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Response from Dieter M | Property representative |
Tickets are available on site and there is no need to book in advance. The fee for adults is 4,50€, children pay a reduced amount of 2,00€.
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