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National Socialism Documentation Center

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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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All reviewsaudio guidegestapo prisonthe upper floorsnazi partynazi regimethird reichholding cellsindividual storiesexecution yardsobering experiencebasement areanon german speakerstranslated into englishwwii historyinteresting visitvery interesting museumthree hours
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

Really wasn't expecting such an extensive and powerfully moving documentation of the growth of Nazism in Cologne and its impact. A brutally honest story is told - no excuses, nothing hidden. The basement gaol is very interesting but make sure you leave plenty of time...More

Thank Martin W
Reviewed 29 January 2018

This museum is still in the original building that was used during the war, and you start the exploration in the cells below the ground floor, and the display shows a number of pictures of the original graffiti written on the walls of those cells....More

Thank TheOldMacs
Reviewed 29 January 2018

This memorial/museum is officially called a "documentation center" on the Holocaust...it is one subway stop (Appellhofplatz), less than a five minutes ride, from the central train station (lines 3, 4, 5, 16 and 18). You can walk there as well, it's less than half a...More

1  Thank JeffR2560
Reviewed 23 January 2018

The museum is very informative (in german, which I don't speak) however, the audioguide for 2 extra euros will do the trick. People at the ticket office aren't too helpful. You should go if you're passionate about WWII.

Thank DavidFVcol
Reviewed 21 January 2018

A very sobering experience which was illustrated perfectly when there was a large group of vociferous school kids ahead of me, by the time they got to the basement and were hearing the history of this place they were silent. It is haunting, particularly the...More

Thank NB1957
Reviewed 18 January 2018

Informative museum. Seeing the actual cells with the inmate's writing was difficult. I was surprised they only had English translations on the bottom floor where the cells are, being Cologne is a tourist city. Most European museums have this. If you don't speak German the...More

Thank Claudia S
Reviewed 16 January 2018

I admit being a small museum space there's not a lot to fit in, so they did the best with what they had. There are some harrowing photos to see here and some interesting information to read. Sometimes it can become overwhelming. I realise being...More

Thank jebskulker
Reviewed 16 January 2018

The story here is told very well using the hand held headsets. Be aware it is cash only. It is a building of historical significance and details how the Nazi regime started and took over Cologne. Lots of info and some very sad stories. A...More

1  Thank Dave D
Reviewed 13 January 2018

I had read up a bit on this before we visited and was looking forward to my trip. I have no idea how we missed it but didn't see the audio guides at the entrance and so I feel that we missed out on a...More

Thank Tunleytraveller
Reviewed 11 January 2018

The fact that building is still there is interesting to look at but the information inside is pretty limited. After a look around the cells in the lower floors there isn't really much else to see and probably isn't worth the entrance fee.

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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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