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Kreismuseum Wewelsburg
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Buren
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

The museum has an excellent collection of SS and other Nazi memorabilia with some English translations though it was frustrating (if understandable) that a major, possible temporary exhibition that detailed the lives of many Germans during the war, was only in German, with too much text for my basic German skills to cope with! The village is worth a visit as is the museum and castle. Don't miss the local restaurant Ottens Hof, which is on the museum map as location number 3, given that it was the village community house during the Nazi era and while being a fully functioning (pretty good) restaurant, still has three of the original SS pews complete with Nazi engravings.

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

If you have an interest in German SS history, the rise to power and their demise this is a great museum to go to. As it would be, a lot of the items are written in German. So of the larger plaques have English as well. I personally found it interesting and amazingly frightening that 80 years ago this was the headquarters of the SS.

The museum was interesting and you can also visit the North Tower as well which has a crypt and a room with a black sun on the floor which was used to give the SS power from above.

It will take 2 hours to get round everything here minimum.

3  Thank mjd6888
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

For World War II buffs and especially for those interested in the occult side of Heinrich Himmler, this is a must see museum. It's located in the northwest side of Germany in the Westphalia area in the midst of beautiful fields and farm land which is dwarfed by the imposing castle. There is a museum section which provides both audio tours and guided tours for visitors and includes a multitude of displays of the period in which Himmler used the castle for various initiation ceremonies for SS inductees including artifacts and other items. After touring the museum, I entered the castle itself and was shown the tower room which contained the portion of the castle where these ceremonies were conducted. The view of the nearby countryside is astounding as is the castle itself. It's a dark side of history but nevertheless, an interesting tour for all WWII history buffs. I highly recommend it.

6  Thank Scotty4454
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Very understanted style of this remarkable war museum right outside the amazing Wewelsburg castle (now part youth hostel), reflects the highly sobering nature of content. Spent 3 hours, needed another 3 to do it justice. Take the free english audio guide, without which you will be lost. Quietly and respectiully the appalling SS story unfolds. Himmler held SS strategy sessions hear (and in his private dining club the unmissable Landtgasthaus Ottens Hof in the village.

4  Thank Marianne C
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

There are two museums here; one in the castle which is all about the bishops who lived in the castle and the other is in the guard house across the square with the SS exhibition. The later is by far the better not least because it is written in both German and English and there is a free audio guide in English as long as you leave something as security. Very informative. Well worth a visit

5  Thank offonmyholidays
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