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National Socialism Documentation Center

Appellhofplatz 23-25, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 221 22126332
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My teenager son is really interested in the war etc. So he went around the place on his own. Only €2 euro to get in for him and it took him a good hour and half to go round. He found it fascinating read all...More

Thank Paula D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really well set out museum, with friendly staff. Handsets provided with English explanations, no headphones required. As soon as we went down the stairs, we could just tell horrible things had happened there. Lots downstairs has been translated, but not a lot upstairs. All in...More

Thank trazza22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting place to visit, good for history buffs and those interested in the war, as well as the ‘casual tourist.’ It was quite sad and confronting, probably not a place for young children. We chose not to get the audio tour but enough was...More

1  Thank Laura C
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The main office of the Gestapo in Frankfurt is open to the public as a memory house/museum. Jails, histories, sounds, photos, objects, books, and propaganda materials are displayed. The main function of the institution is education. There is no archive but the house recreates the...More

Thank RaquelitaNYC
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We went here for a quick visit. €2 for students which is a great price! The information about Nazi Propaganda and the Gestapo upstairs was really interesting. Downstairs however was so sad, and haunting, it's a feeling I will never forget!!

Thank AideenMaryJayne
Reviewed 19 October 2017

This Museum is effectively in two parts, the original Gestapo detention cells, and execution yard in the two basement levels and a blow by blow account of Cologne's involvement in the Nazi regime in the two upper floors. The basement levels are obviously not a...More

1  Thank AllanJGJ
Reviewed 18 October 2017

My husband and I stopped in here while we were in Cologne and found it very interesting. We bought the audio tape but ended up not using it. Downstairs has everything translated into English and by the time we go to the upstairs section (not...More

Thank tigg189074
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I visited Cologne alone for a daytrip in October 2017 - with little time I had to prioritise things to do and this centre was high on the list. To start with - ignore Google Maps' directions for this building. It took me to the...More

4  Thank citybreaksandcakes
Reviewed 14 October 2017

This museum, which is a former Gestapo jail and execution site, is very dark and heavy. It documents well the horrible treatment of so many who were held here during World War II. It's dark and damp and dreary, as it should be. We spent...More

Thank Gordon T
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The layout is nice and some interesting things to see. A lot of time can be spent here walking around and reading all they have to offer, but in my view it was well worth it. I learned a lot coming to this place and...More

1  Thank Denvervacationer2010
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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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Appellhofpl. 23-25, 50667 Köln, Germany
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Response from Marge G | Reviewed this property |
I took a cab here from my hotel and walked to the cathedral area afterward because I wasn't quite sure how far it was.