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National Socialism Documentation Center

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Appellhofplatz 23-25, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Reviewed 30 October 2018

We came here as we are both interested in history and were not disappointed. Very interesting and fascinating place to visit. When you pay for the tickets which are cheap at only 4.50 euros PP, we were offered a guide but declined. We wish we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

The concept is harsh indeed but it portrayed the Nazi times objectively. Only room for development would be the upper levels of the museum where the wall writings and explanations are only in German. Overall experience: great value for money

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Wife and I visited the location. The Gestapo prison is as it was in the 30’s and 40’s. Very harrowing. The lower floor is the prison/jail. The upper floors details the progression of the National Socialists (Nazis). It is a very realistic and super self...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

This one is hard to say. Feelings are mixed. So many victims for nothing when viewed from the distance. Cellar served as prison and even in todays time when completely empty feels unpleasent, looks like horror. Faces in the exhibition on the photos speak looudly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

I am very impressed that they kept the original graffiti in the cells. It really brings home the atrocities committed here. The lower part is in German and English but the upper floors are in German only which we found a little strange. Well worth...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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juliaandadam123
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
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lizith
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.
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Cancerose
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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