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Six hour private van tour – max 6 person group
includes 19% VAT, guide fee, booking fee, admin fee, transportation and driver costs, and tourism insurances
Our Ravensbrück Camp Tour can start wherever is best for you – at your accommodation or elsewhere
Explore what remains of the Ravensbrück concentration camp, site of the first & largest female concentration camp established in Nazi Germany and brutal training ground for female SS guards.
Consider the ever-present cruelty & scarcity but also the resistance, unity, and resilience as you trace the footsteps of some 130,000 individuals from more than 30 nations who were subjected to unimaginable horrors within these confines – and the 4,000 ordinary women who would become extraordinary monsters within the vast, oppressive reach of the Nazi concentration camp system.
…the SS Kommandant’s house, the Appelplatz roll call area, the ‘Tailor’s Workshop’, the preserved crematorium, the site of the gas chamber, the special prison, and much more…
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Over the six years of its existence, the Ravensbrück camp would eventually grow to include 34 satellite camps – many attached to military industrial plants – a vast spider’s web of cruelty stretched across north-eastern Germany. Centred around this location adjacent the Schwedt See and the sleepy spa town of Fürstenberg.
Although only a 90 minutes drive from Berlin, it rarely features on the radar of most visitors to the capital – those aware of a concentration camp nearby would be more likely to visit the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp memorial. Where it is possible to encounter many of the similar themes confronted here.
Yet the relative emptiness of the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in its current form, coupled with a number of unique aspects specific to the site certainly make it a compelling albeit overlooked destination worthy of closer inspection.
Ravensbrück boasts one of the best preserved examples of SS staff accommodation anywhere in the world, exposing the home comforts that existed besides the hell behind the camp gates.
Venturing into the prisoners compound and site of the barracks offers the ideal opportunity to consider the living conditions and general aspects of camp life; the tailor’s workshop, industrial estate, and site of the Siemens-Halske facility to understand the slave labour utilised in the camp; the site of the gas chamber, crematorium, and the burial grounds the terrifying conclusion for many in a facility that promised “freedom through work”.
Amid the darkness, there are stories of courage and defiance that shine through. The present-day memorial honours the resilience of those who dared to resist, who found solace in solidarity and hope in the face of despair. Their stories are etched into the fabric of Ravensbrück, a testament to the indomitable human spirit.
A visit to Ravensbrück is an invitation to confront the past and reflect on its implications for the present and future. This reckoning is a solemn duty, but one that is essential if we are to ensure that such atrocities are never repeated. We honour the memory of those who suffered and perished within these confines, ensuring that their voices are never silenced and their stories not forgotten.
The town of Fürstenberg
The Schwedt See lake
The preserved SS housing estate
The SS Kommandant’s house
The SS headquarters & central museum
The camp gate & guard house
The Appelplatz roll call area
The industrial estate
The ‘Tailor’s Workshop’
The men’s camp
The crematoriumThe site of the gas chamber
The execution site
The burial site
The Siemens & Halske industrial facilities
The Will Lammert Tragende sculpture
We will not only examine what remains of the Ravensbrück camp in its current form as a memorial and museum site but also deal with the important issues associated with this hugely significant location and its tragic history.
Was Ravensbrück the only female concentration camp in Nazi Germany?
Were the Nazi concentration camps inspired by the British?
Was Ravensbrück a ‘Holocaust camp’?
Was it possible to be released from a Nazi concentration camp?
How did the Nazi methodology of industrial killing develop?
Was the Nazi party democractically elected?
How close did the Nazis come to developing an atomic bomb?
Were the Nazi medical experiments useful?
What inspired the racial theories of Nazi Germany?
Did Hugo Boss design the Nazi uniforms?
Who was the only Rothschild to die in the Holocaust?
How was the history of the Ravensbrück concentration camp presented in East Germany?
What were the difference between the Nazi protective custody camps and the camps of the Soviet GULAG?
20. Jahrestag der Befreiung des Konzentrationslagers Ravensbrück/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-D0415-0016-006 / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Female prisoners at Ravensbrück during forced manual labour/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1985-0417-15 / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Häftlingsfrauen weben Strohschuhe in einer Fabrik/Yad Vashem Collection / Public Domain
Frauen bei der Zwangsarbeit, Ravensbrück, Deutschland/Yad Vashem Collection / Public Domain
Female guards during a visit by Heinrich Himmler/SS Photo Album / Public Domain
The Service Building in 1945 / Public Domain