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National Socialism Documentation Center

Closed Now: 11:00 - 18:00
Open today: 11:00 - 18:00
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Never forget!

Chilling and humbling museum that you should visit if you get a chance whilst in Cologne... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kath S
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Awsomely moving

This is a harrowing yet FANTASTIC museum and I would encourage anyone visiting the area to go here... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
+49 221 22126332
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Chilling and humbling museum that you should visit if you get a chance whilst in Cologne. Downstairs it conveys the horror faced by countless victims of the gestapo (although luckily our 8-year-old did not grasp it fully and we glossed over some bits). On the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kath S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a harrowing yet FANTASTIC museum and I would encourage anyone visiting the area to go here! We only planned on staying an hour i think we ended up in there for nearly 3!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Catinthehat88
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice to see part of WW2 history .The museum is about prisoners of SS . You can see some real cages .

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Luciano F
Reviewed 1 week ago

A former gestapo prison in the centre of Cologne. The lower floor contains the cells and rooms which housed the prisoners and is a truly moving experience to read the shocking quotes from those prisoner kept here. If you do not speak German, you should...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank harry375700
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very interesting experience. Below ground there are all the cells that the Secret Police used to "detain" and interrogate people. Above ground there are some research documents and all the reading maetrial and displays. You can easily pass a good 2-3 hours...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pildyboys
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

Take your time to visit this interesting and impressive place - it’s very enlightening and shocking but I would go again there’s so much to take in. Glad this is being kept alive.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 648HelenS
Reviewed 7 January 2019

The basement is very interesting, and has english translations of all the messages. You do need the the audio tour for the top floors however.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Andrew_8_7_9_a
Reviewed 30 December 2018

A group of 9 of us visited here on a rainy day in cologne. We were a mixed group of teenagers and adults and weren’t sure what to expect. However, we all found it to be an emotional couple of hours as it gave a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Debbie J
Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

Entrance free if you get the 48h museumcard (including best art museums). Audios are a bit too thorough, the visit can easily take 2 hours at least but if you love the topic it's a must visit. Cells in the basement are ok but I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fabsite
Reviewed 15 December 2018

The downstairs part of the building which was where the captives were kept is thought provoking. The signs are in English and German and although I had an audio guide I hardly used it. There is also the courtyard where 400 or so people were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Mark R
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29 June 2018|
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Response from Soniaasb | Reviewed this property |
I think there is too much to take in for an 8yr old in the audio guide and as an English speaker rather than a German you need the audio guide because so many of the displays are in German. However you could do a much... More
10 June 2018|
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Response from Malcolm M | Reviewed this property |
Not good as it's in it's original condition narrow corridors a lot of steps.sorry to say.
2 November 2017|
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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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