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National Socialism Documentation Center

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Address: Appellhofplatz 23-25, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 221 22126332
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Chilling reminder and a lesson apparently still not learned

Incredibly it took decades for this museum, located in the former Gestapo HQ, to be realised, previously having even been used to administer pensions following the end of the... read more

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

Incredibly it took decades for this museum, located in the former Gestapo HQ, to be realised, previously having even been used to administer pensions following the end of the Third Reich. The audio guide is a must for a detailed understanding - they have more than 3 hours of dialogue prepared and you can dip into areas you feel need... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum can be split into two parts. The bottom floors which contain the prison cells and the upper floor which has print articles (newspaper clippings, identification documents, etc.) and videos. The bottom floors have English translations. The top floor does not contain English translations, thus it was a huge disappointment and a big waste of time and Euros. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum has lots of information in English - particularly for the lower floors which are the most harrowing to visit. For the upper floors you will need to use the photo function on Google translate to read the signage and plaques but the photographs and exhibits themselves are informative and tell a clear story

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the few buildings that survived the bombings in Cologne was this Gestapo prison, which now houses a museum. The basement is still much like it was in 1945 when it was liberated, including the writings on the cell walls. Two other floors of museum unfortunately only have texts in German. I also met the best museum guard here,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here at suggestion of head tour guide. We were not aware that the Gestapo was headquartered here. Only the basement has English language labels, other floors were just German, however the images were still quite haunting and moving. A reminder how human kind can stop being human. Evidence of the beatings, interrogation, and hangings was most sobering.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mix of felling in this place. In the basement is hard to imagem the bad moments that people had there. But good to have more information about II war.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I spent an afternoon at this museum and it was quite moving. It is about four euro to get into the museum and I also did the audio tour in English for about two euro, which was pretty helpful. But if you choose to read many of the plaques in the basement, most of those are also in English. On... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The layout is original and the content is heart-wrenching. Don't miss the typewriter with the SS key or the plaintive missives scrawled on the basement walls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The prisons in the basement were very intersting. There are many interviews on posters of prisoners which were living there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A very Intersting exhibition of the nazi experience in Koln during World War Two - very well done and easy for English speaking touring

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