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Buchenwald

Thuringia, Germany
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Ranked #2 of 178 attractions in Thuringia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: This concentration camp is a powerful reminder of the horrors of Hitler's Germany.
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

What can you say about a visit to a concentration camp.There is a video when you go in and that sets the tone of the visit.Although most of the buildings have gone but there is still lots ot things to read and see.When you go through the gates and see the size of the camp and the number of victims... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Very easy to reach from Weimar Hauptbanhof (main station) on the bus, it's a fairly short journey which drops you at the visitors centre. I bought the information booklet for 1 Euro and that offered a great guide around the camp. Despite what some reviewers say a fair bit of the camp is still intact especially the main gate which... More

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Celbridge, Ireland
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We got the 9.40am Regional train from Leipzic to Gera where we changed trains to Wiemar. We waited 35 minutes outside Weimar station for the no 6 bus to the camp but never arrived .We found out later that the bus time tables are different at weekends.We then got a Taxi to the camp for €18.50 which dropped us outside... More

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Magdeburg, Germany
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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The camp in Buchenwald is probably not among the better-preserved camps. I have visited Dacahau and Mauthausen and both had more representative structures from the era (prisoners' quarters are completely missing, not one hanger is left standing, unlike in other camps, which gives you a clearer picture of how it was for those most unfortunate who had to endure this... More

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The staff at the visitor center was very helpful. We rented the audio tour equipment which was easy to use and very informative. Numbered locations of interest throughout the camp were identified and explained on the audio equipment. There is a movie about the camp in German that runs on the hour, and an English version that they will run... More

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Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Life changing, profound, educational. Brought home the history and made it more real and close. No bird song.....

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Buchenwald, though the site of over 50,000 deaths, was not a death camp. However, the atrocities that occurred there were unspeakable, and the pictures that were taken, the first to be published around the world, are important historically. Before the liberation of Buchenwald, the world had only heard rumors of such atrocities; now there was photographic evidence. Furthermore, after The... More

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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

The day trip on the train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Weimar takes 2.5 hours, costs for second class 116 euro, 188 euros first class, return. Change train at Naumburg. Costly, not a day trip for the budget traveller. Train was crowded. We had second class tickets, obviously did not have reserved seats, which we did not realise,(so not sure how... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The sheer scale of this site takes the breath away. For English visitors, it is worth going to the shop first to buy a guide book. The signage is a bit inadequate, but it doesn't detract. I found it sobering to try to walk around the entire site - the physical effort on what was a cold day brings to... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This memorial site, naturally, can only give a rough impression of the magnitude of the atrocities committed here. All but one of the barracks are gone, so you get a view of the vastness of the concentration camp, but not how crowded it must have been. The crematorium is still there, including the setup where unsuspecting inmates were shot in... More

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