Buchenwald Memorial

Buchenwald Memorial, Weimar

Buchenwald Memorial
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Buchenwald (1937-1945) became a synonym for the crimes committed by the National Socialists. Until 1950, the Soviets used the grounds for a special camp; after 1958 the German Democratic Republic established the “Nationale Mahn- und Gedenkstätte” here. After 1990, the memorial was reorganized according to a new concept now also providing for commemoration of the fates of other victim groups. New exhibitions place the crimes in their historical contexts. The history of Weimar and Buchenwald provides a unique historical resonator for historical-political education work. This uniqueness lies in the proximity between the camp and Weimar as a cultural centre, and in the access thus offered to the past. Opening hours Museums | 10 - 18 Uhr The outdoor facilities are accessible daily until sundown. |
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Brian P
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States27 contributions
A sobering visit to a site of horrors.
Aug 2020
A place of remembrance and a memorial to the millions killed by multiple despotic regimes. The main camp includes memorials to groups and individuals killed by the SS. The remains of the Soviet run camp tell of the horrors visited upon people after the defeat of the Nazis. It is a somber, emotional experience. This site does take hours to fully take in ... plan accordingly.

One suggestion is to download the app on either iPhone or Android, along with the needed language pack, long before traveling up the Blood Road up the hill. The app contains the same information as the rental audio guides - saving the five Euro rental fee and contacting a device in these times of Covid.
Written August 18, 2020
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Alex S
Nuremberg, Germany599 contributions
a place that you think about for some days afterwards
Aug 2020
For me it was my first visit to a concentration camp. so close to the site of the nazi atrocities. It's good that Germany presents the past in such a way - to remind the younger generations so that something like that shouldn't happen again. Unfortunately, in 2020 there are still countries that oppress, lock up or muzzle minorities. Unfortunately, many parts of the world still act in a similar way.

(you should only ask yourself from what age you want to visit this place with children)
Written August 13, 2020
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DirkVermeulen_13
Amsterdam, The Netherlands59 contributions
Buchenwald
Jul 2020 • Friends
Visiting Buchenwald is an unforgettable experience. It's incredible what happened there, but it did happen. So let we all take care that this will bever happen again.
Written July 26, 2020
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stuhulley
High Wycombe, UK31 contributions
Buchenwald Concentration Camp
Jul 2020
This is an extremely well-preserved site honouring the victims of both the Nazi and Soviet camps. Many of the original buildings exist in addition to several very well organised and comprehensive exhibitions. There is also a superb app with built in audio tour. As the site is large be prepared to do quite a lot of walking and set aside 2-3 hours.
Written July 16, 2020
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A S H
Kolding, Denmark355 contributions
Indeed interesting
Jul 2020 • Couples
A visit to Buchenwald is something you must do. The area is large and you will need some hours. The museum in very informative.
Written July 14, 2020
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koekeloer
Purmerend, The Netherlands466 contributions
Website completely out of date
Jun 2020
We visited Buchenwald on a rainy Sunday and found out that most of our preparation was a waste of time. The website is very out of date and does not mention any closures (ovens, cellars, cafe) due to Corona virus. Also, it mentions that guided tours are free (ask for a donation, but you need to buy an 8 euro ticket (per person). The tour was good value (actually, highly recommended) for money, but the information should be correct.
Written June 28, 2020
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KrisBerw
Ghent, Belgium359 contributions
One of the worst scars of recent history
Feb 2020
One of the oldest and biggest concentration camps of Nazi Germany. These places shouldn't exist, but since they exist, we have to be aware of them and the historical dynamics they're part of. Heavy to visit, but easy to organize it: KZ Buchenwald is 7 km outside Weimar, a simple bus ride (line 4 or 6) brings you there. No reservations, no entrance fee.
Written February 10, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,012 contributions
Fist right of freedom-Faustrecht der Freiheit.
Jan 2019
It is not difficult to come here on the 6th bus from Goethe-Platz. The sadism of the Nazis can be traced even in the choice of the location of the Buchenwald concentration camp, Mount Ettersberg is also a Goethe place, like Weimar, which is half an hour away. The two poles reached by the Germans are the greatness of Faust and the horror and baseness of Buchenwald. Buchenwald is not the worst Nazi camp, if you focus only on bare statistics. Of course, the symbol of the horror to which a person can reach (or rather a beast in human form) is Auschwitz-Oswiezim, where from 1.1 to 1.5 million people were killed in gas chambers. The famous philosopher Theodore Adorno doubted that theodicy (justification of God) was possible after Auschwitz. But there were still Treblinka (870 thousand), Bełżec (434 thousand), Chelmno (170 thousand), Lviv Yanovska and Citadel (together 310 thousand). These were death camps, in which prisoners were often not even housed, immediately sent to the gas chambers. In total, there were 1634 camps, including countless numbered Stalags, in which hundreds of thousands of Soviet prisoners of war were starved to death before the winter of 1941. Buchenwald, Dachau, and Ravensbruck were the first concentration camps where people were killed by labor and unbearable conditions. Not shunning, of course, executions and torture. In Buchenwald, 65 thousand people took this slow death here since 1937. Nazi worked out the technology of suppressing the personality, destroying the human in man, social death, which came before the physical one. Not all of the artifacts were preserved because of the bombing of 1945 and post-war demolition. But it is enough even that remained-furnaces for burning of corpses, a shooting room and a terrible inscription Jedem-das Seine-To each his own. A common saying of the German peasants, which humanity now associates only with Buchenwald and tries not to use. But for me it is not only a place of sorrow, but a place of struggle. The struggle of prisoners who had only their fists left. Fist in German is Faust. They realized their fist right of freedom-Faustrecht der Freiheit, if you remember the name of the film Fassbinder. On April 11, 1945, they captured the camp themselves. Barehanded. And this is the most important thing here. Each-his own. One obediently go to the gas chamber, the other run under the bullets of the guards "Deadhead" and then fight, if you survive. Nazi scoundrels sit here after 1945 in the same camp to see the double meaning of their favorite saying. And for us tourists: single buildings on a huge parade ground where barracks once stood, and a piercing January wind on mount Ettersberg. Imagination will do the rest. That which, together with memory, makes a man a man, as Kant believed. Imagination and memory that the Nazis killed, but didn`t kill. And no one will succeed.
Written December 31, 2019
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Luvstayinclose2home
Marysville, WA21 contributions
Very "powerful" memorial
Dec 2019
We stopped at this memorial during our Bavarian tour. It was a very somber place, but the history of the camp was interesting albeit very sad.
Written December 29, 2019
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HapyGuy7
Bluffton, SC1,621 contributions
Somber Thoughtful
Dec 2019 • Couples
Take number six bus from train station get off at the Memorial stop. If you have been to other camps, you may be disappointed.. The horror that happen here is not diminished, it’s just that the Russians burned most of the buildings, there is less to see. Still it broke my heart to remember
Written December 12, 2019
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Buchenwald Memorial is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM