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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
+49 221 22126332
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Absolutely heartbreaking to read some of the stories here, god bless the people that suffered and died at the hands of the Gestapo. A must visit but do something positive afterwards, we put a lock on Hohenzollern bridge.

Thank JarraMag
Reviewed 16 August 2014

One of the most evocative, moving museums I have ever visited. An absolute bargain at 6,50 euros (with audio guide - needed if you are not fluent in German). The starkness of the building adds the horror of the information you learn. An astounding memorial...More

Thank Firsttimer507
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Moving and matter of fact portrayal of Cologne's Gestapo headquarters in the basement, combined by an impressively detailed museum of documents, personal accounts and photographs related to the rise of the nazi movement both in Cologne and all of Germany.

Thank mcdonjo
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We purchased the audio tour at 2 euros each it is a very small cost to make the most of the museum, as apart from the cells the museum displays are mainly in German. The tour (self guided) begins in the cells and you hear...More

Thank alwall
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Read good reviews, so decided to visit. As mentioned in many reviews, not much in English. We could have purchased the audio tour in English, but did not want to spend that much time. It was interesting and quite creepy. However, not something that I...More

Thank Susi135
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Don't miss a chance to take an audio guide, since most of the exhibition is only in German. The center is a memorable piece of history. A Gestapo prison is restored in the basement, with original facilities and inmate inscriptions on the walls, serving as...More

Thank Michał S
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Very interesting and informative memorial and exhibition about the rising and falling of NS. Basement's prisons and bunker, with the inner courtyard, tell the story of the prisoners of Gestapo in this EL-DE Haus, and they have many messages and scribblings on the walls still....More

Thank E L
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The former Gestapo prison area is simply stunning and shocking. The upper floors are not translated to any language unfortunately.

Thank RemusR
Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

It's a fairly large museum and the basement is so well preserved with the cells and even bathrooms intact. It's eerie and haunting but not too scary. The basement smells of mold and is dark but it's the best part of the museum. Due to...More

Thank Nkuck1
Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

If you don't speak german, you'll need audioguide since only the basement exposition is translated to english. Other than that the museum is amasing, very informative, a must go in Cologne!! Another thing, although it closes at 18hs, you'll be asked to leave 15 mins...More

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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.
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It is. Not sure it will be interesting for them though.