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Hamburg & Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial: 6-hour Private Tour with a Vehicle

Visit Hamburg's essential sites and the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial – all in one tour.

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Description

This private tour with a guide and a vehicle combines the highlights of Hamburg with a visit to the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial – where over 40,000 died as a result of starvation, disease, forced marches and brutality at the hands of the SS.

You will be met by one of our professional, local guides and a private driver and vehicle, either at your hotel or a pre-agreed meeting point. The first portion of the tour focuses on the historic heart of Hamburg.  You will visit the stunning, neo-renaissance Town Hall, Deichstrasse and its iconic ‘Kontor’ buildings, and St. Nicholas’s Church (the tower still a burnt out shell because of devastating allied fire-bombings in WW2). We then head into the heart of the old Medieval City and over the Trostbrücke (Hamburg’s oldest bridge) before exploring the UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt (the largest collection of warehouses in the world and now Hamburg’s trendiest district), and marvelling at the the modern architectural splendour of the Elbphilharmonie.

After a short break you will then be driven to the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. Starting in the main camp you will visit the Former Prisoners’ Barracks, the SS Guardhouse and Watchtower and the House of Remembrance. You will then visit three of Neuengamme’s preserved satellite camps: Bullenhuser Damm – where SS physician Dr Kurt Heißmeyer conducted tuberculosis experiments on prisoners; Poppenbüttel, where forced labourers who cleared the streets after Allied bombing raids were imprisoned; and Fuhlsbüttel, the first camp opened in the Neuengamme network. Sites visited in the subcamps include the Rose Garden for the Children of Bullenhuser Damm and the Peace Tree Memorial.

As always, your expert guide will provide an in-depth commentary throughout and contextualise all sites visited on the tour. They will then accompany you on your vehicle transfer back to Hamburg. 

Covid-19 Safety Measures:

  • We adhere to regulations mandated by the Berlin State government and/or the State government in the area/s of Germany that our tours visit or pass through.
  • When inside the vehicle masks must be worn. You will need to bring your own mask. Your guide and driver will also be required to wear a mask inside the vehicle.
  • Each vehicle will be cleaned and disinfected before and after the tour. 
  • If you enter any museums or shops on your tour you will be expected to abide by the regulations set by the store or institution.

What's included

  • Professional, local guide
  • Private vehicle with a professional driver
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
  • Camp memorial donation (non compulsory)
  • Museum entry fees – none required for the tour

Itinerary

Hotel Pick-up

Your professional, local guide and your driver will meet you at your hotel.

1

Old Town Square

Our first stop is Hamburg’s Old Town Square, with it’s stunning, sky-scraping, neo-renaissance Town Hall.

2

Deichstraße

Next we witness where the Great Fire of 1842 started and see Hamburg’s iconic ‘Kontor building’s.

3

Nikolaikirche

Moving on we stop to admire one of the finest examples of north German, neo-gothic architecture, and witness the devastation caused by Allied bombing raids in WWII.

4

Trost Bridge

As we continue into the heart of the medieval city we cross one of Hamburg’s myriad canals using the oldest bridge in the city.

5

Speicherstadt

Next we explore the city’s first UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and the largest warehouse district in the world.

6

Elbphilharmonie

We then stand under the eaves of Hamburg’s state-of-the-art concert hall – a true modern architectural gem and one of the most acoustically advanced concert halls on the planet.

7

Transfer to Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

After a short break you will then be driven to the remains of the largest network of concentration camps in the north of Nazi Germany. The drive takes between 45 minutes and one hour.

8

Former Prisoners' Barracks

Entering the main camp we will witness the awful conditions in which prisoners lived during their internment.

9

SS Guardhouse and Watchtower

Next we see the nerve center of the camp’s SS guards.

10

House of Remembrance

At our next stop we pay tribute to those who perished in Neuengamme, their names adorning white fabric banners in this poignant memorial space.

11

Bullenhauser Damm

Leaving the main memorial site we then head to three of Neuengamme’s satellite camps. First up is Bullenhauser Damm, where prisoners were subjected to brutal experiments at the hands of SS doctors.

12

Poppenbüttel

Next we see where the forced labourers who cleared the streets after Allied bombing raids were imprisoned.

13

Fuhlsbüttel

Finally we will explore the first camp that opened on what became the Neuengamme complex.

Hotel Drop-off

Your guide will then accompany you as you are driven back to your hotel.

Important Information

You will be picked up directly from your hotel or a prearranged meeting point.

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel or a prearranged drop-off point.

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