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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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11:00 - 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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very depressing but informative. Got a lot to see in here. Everything's in German though, so a 2 euro English(other languages available too) audio guide is definitely needed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Allow 2 hours or so and be sure to pay extra 2euro for the english audio guide as nothing it written in english

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The basement is very good and tells a chilling tale of torture and the lack of humanity. The ear phone guide is required for the higher floors and is a must, it takes a long time to go through, unfortunately allot is repeated. doesnt need to be as long, however well wort the couple of Euro in.

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