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“Not a lot to see, but uncrowded”

Gedenkstaette Mittelbau Dora
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Bavaria, Germany
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Not a lot to see, but uncrowded”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

There are few remains of the concentration camp itself - this site is no Buchenwald or Dachau - but the tunnel tour is certainly worth the time to visit. There is a newly opened museum with informative displays. This site apparently is not visited by many, as I saw very few visitors on a summer Saturday and Sunday.

Visited July 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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“Important WW2 history overlooked”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

A large reason for my visit was to access the tunnel complex where the V1 &V2 rockets were built. Whilst very little of the surround concentration camp remains, it's still a very interesting & somber place to visit. Most of the information is in German so be sure to rent one of the iPod style audio guides (€3) avaialable in multiple languages and be sure to borrow a copy of the exhibit guide in your language before touring the museum. As advised on the web site the only way to visit the tunnels is to go on a guided tour however for most of the year these are only conducted 2 or 3 times a day and only in German. If your Germn is a bit rusty (or non-existant) a workaround is to follow along anyway and listen to your audio guide - as suggested by the very helpful staff, or just wait by the tunnel entrance for when the guide arrives. There were many people who did it this way the day I toured and the guide didn't seem to concerned. Also, photography within the tunnels did not seem to worry the guides as long as you kept up and didn't disturb anyone. The accessible tunnels themselves are quite extensive although large sections are still flooded.

Visited June 2014
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De Haan, Belgium
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“Great historical value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This memorial is important to understand the terrible efficiency of the Nazi terror industry of mass destruction weaponry.
The site was first used in 1936 as a huge fuel depot. Adter the bombardment of Peenemunde in 1942, rocket production of the V2 and te Fieseler V1 was removed to Nordhausen. Prisoners from Buchenwald were displaced to dig out the tunnels under terrible conditions. Nobody came out alive.
I've learned that Werher von Braun visited and inspected the plant several times during the ware, but wasn't interested in the slave workers. It was his career and obsession that came first.
I have visited also the V2 Launch sites in Eperleques and La Coupole near St- Omer in France, who were also built by prisoners.
To understand the real horror one has to visit Mittelwerk Dora at first.

Visited May 2014
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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“Haunting & chilling, but ultimately moving.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013 via mobile

Visiting on a grey autumn day only added to the atmosphere at this haunting site. Strangely with the autumn colours in the trees which are reclaiming the site it had a strange beauty. In some ways it is fitting that new life is springing forth here.
Contrary to another persons comments there is "no charge" to visit or go on the guides underground tour. There is a modest 3 euro charge for the informative audio guide. That said my wife and I somewhat struggled not being used to using an i-player.
As others have mentioned the guides tour of the tunnels is in german only so it is worth doing a bit of research prior to your visit or time the "tour" to follow the self guided audio tour.
Ultimately this is a moving experience and it is fitting that the memory of the horrors commited here are not forgotten. Highly recommended.

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Kent
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“2012”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

Considering the "importance" of this site, to the Germans, nearing the end of the Second World War, and to the prominence given to other such camps - Bergen/Belsen, Auschwitz to name just two, very little was known about this camp until recently. After decades of neglect it was not until 2005 the project was implemented and the current museum complex completed and opened in 2006. Very little is left of the original complex except one of the tunnels dug into the mountain side and the parade ground. The site is now a pleasant open grassy area, well laid out and sign posted, with information of what used to be there. I did not enter the museum building, or take a tour of the tunnels, just wandered round reading of its past.
However, given what this place was, I find it incredible that the current management have the gall to charge a fee to visitors, some who may be relatives or descendants of the former inmates.

Visited October 2012
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