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National Socialism Documentation Center

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Address: Appellhofplatz 23-25, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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+49 221 22126332
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10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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This old Nazi prison, preserved in its original state, is a terrifying...

This old Nazi prison, preserved in its original state, is a terrifying reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

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All I can say is YOU HAVE TO VISIT!

It's hard to describe the experience other than to say it was an AMAZING yet moving experience. I spent 3 hours there and was enthralled by the place. Make sure you get an audio... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's hard to describe the experience other than to say it was an AMAZING yet moving experience. I spent 3 hours there and was enthralled by the place. Make sure you get an audio tour as most of the exhibits are just in German. Just wow!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Five hours after we entered what looked like a boring office building, with tummies rumbling we had to leave and make our way back to Bonn however, what a find. Entry €6 with €2:50 for an audio guide, amazing insight into the Gestapo and their history. Totally recommended for anyone who has an interest in the WWII history. Not just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited a few similar museums in Germany and Eastern Europe and this one is very well done. It feels very personal with individual stories and stay very focused on the Koln experience of those dark years. If you like museums like this, plan at least 2 hours to soak it all up. Permanent displays have English audio available.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Another very good museum documenting the National Socialist era in Cologne. Housed in a former Nazi building, there is an interesting array of information and artefacts both specific to Cologne and more generally to Germany. The information is presented in German and while there is a good audio guide I wished I could understand the information listed near the exhibits.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Germany has gone through a lot of introspection in coming to terms of its horrific history especially in the era of Nazi Germany. This museum in Cologne which was earlier a Gestapo HQ gives you a grim and brutal reminder of just what can happen if a culture lets itself be manipulated by a psychotic madman. The museum is divided... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The NS Documentation Centre is fascinating and devastating in equal measure - a glimpse into the darkest vaults of the human spirit and little acts of resistance, defiance, self-care and -preservation from those who were victims of the tyranny. The collection is highly local to Cologne in most areas, but it is somehow worldly for it. It felt relevant, raw... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

You need to see this, especially if you are into WWII facts and places. Most things are in German so do take the Audio guide, we paid 13 euros for 2 entrances and 2 audio guides… it is almost mandatory since there is really a lot of information to go through. You will see original cells underground where the gestapo... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This museum is a former Gestapo HQ in Cologne, and includes a visit to the prison cells and (now empty) torture area in the basement. This area contains hundreds of heart breaking notes written and scratched into the walls by prisoners. Some are a testament to pride and willpower, some just want to kiss their mothers or lovers again. Translations... More 

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an audio guide ist avaible für 2 € in eight languages! Greeting Dieter More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Very informative place to visit. Considering we don't speak German and were not offered the English audio guide I am surprised we spent nearly 2 hours there. As others have mentioned it's not the easiest place to work your way around and you feel like you backtrack a fair bit (well maybe that was just us due to the lack... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

An informative museum encompassing an old Gestapo prison on the bottom floor, with museum exhibits on the two floors above. A shocking reminder of the Nazi influence within Cologne - we found it fascinating visiting at the start of our visit to Cologne to get a grip of the local history. For English visitors, only the bottom floor has translations... More 

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