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“well worth a visit but out of the way”

Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
Ranked #22 of 962 things to do in Berlin
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Owner description: The site where Nazi meetings took place is now a haunting memorial to their victims.
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Holocaust Tourism that fills me with ambivalence but I never regret doing it so long as one is as little touristy as one can be.
Going here is worth it for the sheer contrast of the tony and delightful villa filled lake resort, with its boats and peaceful sailing and wealthy ambling lanes, a little like Newport or any wealthy American suburb near the sea with the monstrous meeting that took place here in Jan 1942 in which the main officials in charge of the Holocaust finalized their plans and ironed out their differences over breakfast and chit-chat. There's a good German film of the same name that was filmed here worth watching before you go (it's on Youtube) to give you an idea why this 'Conference' was so important and the business-like demeanor of the men who participated.
There's a research library on the second floor and not only information, facsimiles of the minutes and decrees, but also sound recordings from survivors and other related exhibits.
The people who worked long and hard to get the Berlin authorities to dedicate the villa to this purpose and finally succeeded in the late 1980s deserve our thanks.

Thank markacohen
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Reviewed 22 August 2018

The curators of this exhibition has managed to balance succesfully between thorough documentation of the 90 minute conference in January 1942 and its tragic consequences, while not loosing sight of and anchoring the empathy with the millions of victims of this 'business meeting'. Horrible but so necessary to experience and understand.

2  Thank janhj
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

The villa and its surroundings are impressive with the picturesque view. The neo-classical Italian inspired building is a lavish looking, handsome one, yet, lacking character. The permanent exhibition is to be altered in a couple of years.
It is quite informative as it is. A bit of a disappointment though, asit is dealing with the Conference in a limited fashion than I would have expected. Rather, try to tell the story of the Third Reich and contextualize the Conference and its Participants.

2  Thank sarp b
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

An eerie place to visit, as this innocent yet grand looking building hosted the conference to decide the implementation of the Final Solution. Rather difficult to get to, as it is in a suburb that needs a bus ride from the S-Bahn to reach, but worth it to read up on what was decided on here and the repercussions.

Thank IanThomas84
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Reviewed 4 August 2018

You must visit this house if you are in Berlin, The staff are very helpful and the display is laid out in such a way to make the most of your visit. You can have a audio guide to assist you, do get one as it adds further to the English displays on show.

3  Thank Brian W
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