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NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, Cologne

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At NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, you can pay tribute to the victims of Nazi atrocities at Cologne's former Gestapo headquarters. The prisoners and victims who were here wrote the more than 1,800 epitaphs and inscriptions on the prison's walls. Don't miss the exhibit documenting the city's own experience under Nazism. To visit NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne on your holiday in Cologne, and find out what else Cologne has to offer, use our Cologne.
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  • It was interesting to see the various artefacts and building itself, especially the cells downstairs. We werent told about the audio guide but managed to understand well enough by using the english... 
    It was interesting to see the various artefacts and building itself, especially the cells downstairs. We werent told about the audio guide but managed to understand well enough by using the english...  more »
  • I was really interested in visiting this museum and if your are English you will need the audio guide which gives you full detail. However i found this extremely long and if i had listened to all of.....  more
    I was really interested in visiting this museum and if your are English you will need the audio guide which gives you full detail. However i found this extremely long and if i had listened to all of.....  more »
  • Great historical museum of Nazi documents. Very little of it is in English though so maybe spend the extra 2Euros for the audio guide. 
    Great historical museum of Nazi documents. Very little of it is in English though so maybe spend the extra 2Euros for the audio guide.  more »
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  • This building held the headquarters of Gestapo back in Hitler times. It has a lot of information, photos, videos, articles that belonged to the victims and guards, and also on the basement you can see the cells where they held the victims, the walls have writings with messages from the people that were held there. It’s a very sad experience but something everyone should see and learn from. Being there makes you think about how cruel people can be and how power can make people do atrocious things; it puts everything in perspective.
  • Painfully interesting experience that every human being should have. I recommend you to start with the basement even though you have 2 hours to do the whole tour because It is the most touching part due to the actual demonstration of the inhumane conditions in which prisoners were living. (the writings on the walls are devastating). I also recommend you to pay 2 extra euros and listen to the audio tour, especially if you don't read German.
  • Highly recommend going. Though the exhibition upstairs is all in German, I think it's still worth taking the time to look at everything because some things just transcend language. The most heartbreaking thing was seeing the last letters that people had sent. It was also interesting to read the writing on the walls of the prison cells and the countdowns. The freakiest thing was going out onto the street and realising how central this place was. You could be walking down the street minding your own business, and there'd be prisoners in the building right there.
  • Haunting. The EL-DE Haus is a haunting reminder of the horrors perpetrated by the Gestapo. Allow half a day to go through this museum. Despite being small in size, it contains a lot of rooms with displays and plaques to read. Also, it gets quite busy and large school groups will slow down progress through the exhibits. The audio guide is worth getting.
  • This museum is very well done and informative. It was free when we went since it was some sort of museum day so we only paid €2 for the audio guide. If you can’t read German, the audio guide is a must or you won’t understand anything on the 2nd and 3rd floors since there’s no translations on those floors. We were exhausted from information overload after the 2nd floor, but if you took time to read everything and listen to all the audio prompts, you can easily be here the whole day. We were there for 2 hours. We loved this museum. I wouldn’t recommend bringing young children.

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