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“Makes you think!”

National Socialism Documentation Center
Ranked #12 of 285 things to do in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This old Nazi prison, preserved in its original state, is a terrifying reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 20 November 2017 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 in English (all lower floor.) An eye opening place to visit. Needed a hug and some chocolate after!

1  Thank LauraC1505
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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 horror of Nazi years.

1  Thank RaquelitaNYC
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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!!

1  Thank AideenMaryJayne
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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 bundle of laughs with its focus on the numerous messages scrawled on the walls by prisoners, many of whom were executed or sent off to the camps. The upper levels are an impressive walk-through of the role that the City and its citizens in Hitler's Germany. There's no suggestion here of trying to distance the City from want when on; the level of honesty is impressive. Make sure you get the audio-guide which is extremely useful, particularly in the upper two floors which effectively have no English. We spent two and half hours here but have to admit on the hard floors we were flagging, but you'd certainly want to allocate two hours to a visit.

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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 in English) we were ready to leave.

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