Orte der Erinnerung 1933-1945

Orte der Erinnerung 1933 - 1945

Gedenkstätten, Dokumentationszentren und Museen
zur Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Diktatur
in Berlin und Brandenburg

Ravensbrück Memorial Site

The Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, built in 1939 close to the small town of Fürstenberg/Havel, was the largest concentration camp for women on German soil. Between 1939 and 1945, 132,000 women, 20,000 men and 1,000 young women from the ”Youth Protection Camp Uckermark” were registered as prisoners. The prisoners came from over 40 countries; there were many Jews as well as Sinti and Roma among them. Tens of thousands were murdered or died from hunger, illness or medical experimentation. After the Red Army liberated the camp on April 30th, 1945, the land was used by them for military purposes until 1994. The Ravensbrück Memorial Site, opened in 1959, has been a part of the Brandenburg Memorial Foundation since 1993.

The Ravensbrück Memorial Site, which has been expanded to include extensive parts of the historical concentration camp complex, nowadays combines remembrance, research and historical-political educational work. The Ravensbrück International Youth Exchange Site with an affiliated youth hostel was opened in 2002. The educational services office organizes events lasting over a period of several days. In addition, tours and project days are offered. Since 2007, the tour begins and ends in the new Visitor’s Centre.

Since April 2013, the new main exhibition “Das Frauenkonzentrationslager Ravensbrück - Geschichte und Erinnerung” is on display in the former commander's offices. For the first time, this exhibition provides comprehensive insight into the history of the camp complex Ravensbrück, including the camps for women and men, the “Youth Protection Camp Uckermark”, the “Siemens-Camp” and numerous satellite camps. Exhibitions about the wardens and SS officers in the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp can be seen in one of the former warden's houses and in a former commander's living quarters. There is an exhibition in a former cell-block which gives information about the camp prison.


Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück (Ravensbrück Memorial Site)
Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten (Brandenburg Memorial Site Foundation)
Straße der Nationen 
16798 Fürstenberg/Havel 

Tel.: +49(0)03 09 3-60 38-5
Fax: +49(0)03 09 3-60 38-6

Email: paedagogik(at)ravensbrueck.de
Internet: www.ravensbrueck.de

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Regional train: RE 5 from Berlin Central Station to Fürstenberg/Havel train station
and then around a 3 km walk to the Ravensbrück Memorial Site

Opening Hours:
Tues-Sun 9-5pm (last entry: 4:30pm)
The Memorial Site is accessible from 8-6pm, and in the summer (May 1st-September 30th) until 8pm.

Free entry

You can register for tours, project days and seminars. Tours/project days for a maximum of 15 people cost 15 Euro, up to 30 people: 25 Euro. Tours in foreign languages will cost an additional 25 Euro.