The Bergen-Belsen Memorial is located on the southern Luneburg Heath, about 25 kilometres from the town of Celle, a former ducal seat. Founded in 1952, the Bergen-BelsenMemorial is the oldest national memorial in Germany, and it receives around 250,000 visitors a year.

The Documentation Centre, which opened in 2007, features a permanent exhibition, a bookshop, a library and a museum café. All original buildings in the adjacent grounds of the former camp were demolished after the war. The remains of foundations are all that can be found now. Today the grounds are a cemetery with numerous graves and monuments. 

The Bergen-Belsen POW cemetery is within walking distance of the Memorial. The Oerbke and Wietzendorf POW cemeteries are somewhat farther away.

Opening hours

Documentation Centre with visitor information and bookshop

October to March 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April to September 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There is no entrance fee.

The Documentation Centre is closed during the Lower Saxony winter holidays.

Visitor information

Tel.: + 49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-200

Fax: +49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-118

Bookshop

Tel.: +49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-230

Library

Library opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by special arrangement.

Cafeteria

October to March 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April to September 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact the cafe

Pre-registration for groups

Tel.: +49 (0)5051 – 47 59-220 (Heideküche Schulz)

Grounds of the former camp

The Memorial cemetery and grounds of the former camp can be accessed daily.

Directions

By car:

There are signs for the Bergen-Belsen Memorial on the A7/E45 and A352 motorways as well as the roads leading from them to the Memorial. The nearest motorway exits are the “Soltau-Ost” exit when coming from the north and the “Mellendorf" exit when coming from the west or south. It takes around 20 minutes to reach the Memorial from the “Soltau-Ost” exit via Bergen and around 35 minutes from the “Mellendorf” exit via Winsen/Aller. 

Please follow the signs, as GPS directions to the Memorial are not always reliable. 

Parking at the Memorial is free of charge. 

Transport connections Celle–Memorial–Celle:

Local public transport:

Please enter the destination as follows:

City: Bergen (Kr Celle),Stop: Belsen Gedenkstätte

To the Bergen-Belsen POW cemetery:

An unpaved walking path leads from the Memorial to the cemetery; the walk will take around 15 minutes. If you are driving from the Memorial, follow the signs along “Panzerringstraße” to the cemetery; the drive is about six kilometres. 

To the Oerbke POW cemetery:

The road to the cemetery is signposted from the centre of Bad Fallingbostel and in Oerbke. 

To the Wietzendorf POW cemetery:

When travelling from the centre of Wietzendorf in the direction of Meinholz, the cemetery is signposted from the edge of Wietzendorf. Please note that the 300-metre path from the car park to the cemetery is unpaved. 

Visitor facilities

Visitor information desk

The employees at the information desk are available to answer your questions and direct you. You can also find free informational flyers for the Bergen-Belsen Memorial there as well as other event information.

Tel.: + 49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-200

Fax: +49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-118

Cafeteria

A cafeteria on the ground floor of the exhibition building offers visitors hot and cold drinks and snacks as well as daily menus and soups. 

Opening hours:

October to March 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April to September 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Menus for registered groups of 10 or more, based on the same menu for the entire group:

Contact the cafe

Pre-registration for groups

Tel: +49 (0)5051 – 47 59-220 (Heideküche Schulz)

Library

The library is on the first floor of the Documentation Centre. It contains over 8,000 publications primarily on the history of Bergen-Belsen and the topics of Nazi Germany, the concentration camp system and the Holocaust. The books cannot be borrowed, but they can be used in the library's reading room. The reading room also has computer terminals for accessing the supplementary information from the permanent exhibition. The library is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by special arrangement. 

Bookshop

The bookshop is located on the ground floor of the Documentation Centre, not far from the central information desk. It has the same opening hours as the permanent exhibition. Most of the books available deal with the history of the camps at the Bergen-Belsen site, but there are also a smaller number of publications on Nazi persecution in general. The bookshop focuses in particular on diaries and accounts from survivors, and it also offers foreign-language literature and DVDs. 

Contact

Tel.: +49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-230

General information

Timing your visit

Based on the size of the Memorial grounds and the variety of exhibitions and other information, we recommend that you allow at least 2½ hours for your visit to the Memorial. 

Children

Children under 14 years of age should only visit the Memorial in the company of an adult.

Fees

The Memorial and exhibitions can be visited free of charge. You are welcome to support the preservation of the Memorial and grounds of the former camp with a donation.

Starting 1 January 2017, a participation fee of € 3 per person (€ 2 concession) will be charged for tours and study days. These fees can be paid on site.

Luggage

Carrying backpacks or large bags into the exhibition may hinder other visitors and/or damage the displays. Please leave these items in the lockers near the central information desk.

Dress

We recommend wearing suitable clothing and sturdy footwear to visit the outdoor areas. Please note that the grounds of the former camp are now a cemetery.

Toilets

You will find toilets at the entrance of the Documentation Centre as well as behind the administration building. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available in the Documentation Centre building. There is also a baby changing table there.

Dogs

With the exception of guide dogs, no dogs are permitted in the Memorial’s buildings, the cemetery or the historical grounds.

Wheeled vehicles

Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and roller skates are prohibited in the grounds of the Memorial, as are motorised vehicles (with the exception of wheelchairs or walking aids). Please leave all bicycles at the designated stands in the car park.

Staff

The Memorial's supervisory staff is responsible for enforcing the house rules of the Memorial. The staff members reserve the right to ban visitors whose behaviour, attire or political symbols express hostile, racist or National Socialist ideas or who otherwise violate the dignity of the site or the house rules.

Accommodation for individualtravellers

If you are not travelling with a group, please visit the tourism portal for Celle and the surrounding region: www.region-celle.de

Accommodation for groups

 

Accessibility

Extra-wide parking spaces are available in the car park. The public areas of the Documentation Centre, with the exhibition, library and cafeteria, are wheelchair-accessible and equipped with lifts. The seminar rooms in the Educational Centre are also wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are located in the Documentation and Educational Centre.

Folding wheelchairs for use in the Documentation Centre and throughout the Memorial grounds can be borrowed from the information desk for a deposit. Some of the paths outdoors are unpaved. The employees at the information desk in the Documentation Centre will be glad to advise you on which paths are wheelchair accessible.

Information on the exhibition content 

Information for hearing-impaired visitors:

All of the audio-visual media in the exhibition (video points, prologue, epilogue) are subtitled in German and English. 

Information for visually-impaired visitors:

Written materials in large print and braille are available in German for visitors with visual impairments. These materials, as well as audio guides with the same information, can be borrowed from the information desk for a deposit.

Guided tours

Drop-in guided tours:

Introduction to the Memorial and the historical site in German and English (duration of around 1½ hours):

  • From 1 April to 15 October 2017, every Saturday and Sunday 

Tours start at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and meet at the information desk in the Documentation Centre. No registration is necessary. No drop-in guided tours at 2:30 p.m. will be held on days when thematic tours are scheduled.

Thematic tours

The Memorial offers various thematic tours in its half-year programmes. These are held throughout the year on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. It is usually not necessary to register in advance. Current information about the schedule and themes can be found in the local press and in the “News” section of this website.

Guided tours and study days

Groups of 10 or more can register for guided tours in German, English, French, Hebrew, Dutch, Polish and Russian. Please plan to spend 3½  hours on a guided tour.

The Educational Centre also organises study days which give groups the opportunity to delve more deeply into a particular aspect of Bergen-Belsen’s history. The range of topics offered can be found in the "Education and Encounters" section of the website. Please plan to spend around six hours on a study day.

The guided tours and study days are designed for young people who are 14 or older and for adults. 

Costs

Starting 1 January 2017, a participation fee of € 3 per person (€ 2 concession) will be charged for tours and study days. These fees can be paid on site.

Questions and registration

Tel.: +49 (0) 5051 – 4759–112, Mondayto Friday between 9:00 AM and12:00 PM

We recommend registering as early as possible due to high demand and to leave enough time to discuss the content of the tour or study day and any organisational issues.