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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where is the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial located?
The Memorial is located in northern Thuringia, near the town of Nordhausen. Driving directions to the Memorial can be found here.
You may also take the "Harzer Schmalspurbahn" (Harz Narrow Gauge Railway) to the Nordhausen-Krimderode station. The Memorial is located approximately 20 minutes by foot from the station. The public transport authority of Nordhausen also offers a dial-a-ride municipal bus service, which may be booked up to an hour before the scheduled departure. More information about public transport services can be found here.
How long does it take to drive from the Buchenwald Memorial near Weimar to the Mittlebau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial near Nordhausen?
The drive by private vehicle, bus or motorcycle takes approximately 1.5 hours.
How much time is needed to view the Memorial?
A guided tour of the Memorial for individuals takes approximately 1.5 hours. In addition, we recommend that you pay a visit to the permanent exhibition of the Concentration Camp Memorial. The Memorial also has frequent temporary exhibitions, which you may also wish to view during your visit.
You may also use a multimedia guide to tour the Memorial grounds. This tour takes approximately 80 minutes.
What guidelines apply to a visit at the Memorial?
The former concentration camp is a place of mass suffering and death. To preserve the character of the site as a memorial and as a place of burial, we ask that you observe a number of guidelines. Please be sure to wear appropriate attire. Wearing clothing and symbols that are generally recognized to be manufactured or marketed within the right-wing extremist milieu is prohibited.
Additional information can be found in our visitor guidelines.
May I visit the underground tunnel system on my own?
The tunnel system can only be visited as part of a guided tour conducted by a member of the Memorial staff. Information on guided tours can be found here.
What must I keep in mind for a visit to the tunnel system?
Since the temperature in the tunnel facilities remains at about 8° C / 46° F with high humidity year-round, dressing warmly is advisable, even in the summer months.
Additional information can be found in the tunnel system visitor guidelines.
Are services available for individual visitors in addition to the group tours?
The Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial offers regular guided tours in German Tuesdays through Sundays and on holidays. The guided tours depart from the visitor information desk in the museum building.
At the visitor information desk, you may also rent a multimedia guide for an individual tour of the museum (available in English, German, French and Dutch).
What is the fee for a guided tour? Are discounts available?
Visits to the Memorial grounds, the permanent exhibition, and guided tours for individual visitors are free of charge.
The schedule of fees for services to groups as well as information on discounts can be found here.
What is the starting point for the guided tours? Where should visitors sign up for the tours?
All guided tours depart from the visitor information desk in the museum building.
No registration is required for tours for individual visitors.
If you would like to schedule a group tour, the online registration form and additional information can be found here.
Are guided tours available for individual visitors in English?
Guided tours for individual visitors are offered only in German. However, informational material is available in a variety of languages (in English, French, Dutch, Polish and Russian).
In addition to German, guided tours for groups are also available in English and French. The online registration form and additional information is available here.
Is the Memorial accessible to visitors with disabilities?
The new museum building is fully accessible to persons with limited mobility. However, accessibility is limited in parts of the former camp grounds and the tunnel system. If you have questions regarding accessibility, please contact the visitor information department for further information, and to discuss individual solutions for your needs.
Informational summaries in Braille are also available at the visitor information in the museum building.
What services are available for non-German speaking visitors?
The texts in the permanent exhibition of the Memorial are in German. Headings and summaries are also displayed in English.
We also offer accompanying brochures with translations of the exhibition texts in additional languages (English, French, Polish, Russian). The brochures can be borrowed free of charge at the visitor information desk directly before your visit to the exhibition.
Interviews with survivors and additional information on the subcamps is also available in five languages at the PC terminals located at the in-depth information areas of the permanent exhibition.
Multimedia guides for individual tours of the exhibition and grounds are available in English, German, French and Dutch.
Services for groups can also be booked in English or French by prior arrangement. Additional information can be found here.
Are there special programmes for groups?
More information about our extensive programmes for groups can be found here.
How long in advance must I book a group visit?
We advise that you book group tours as early as possible to ensure greater scheduling availability. Demand is particularly high in the months of May, June and July. For visits during these months, we recommend booking at least six months in advance if possible.
Additional information can be found here.
No advance booking is required for an individual visit to the Memorial.
As a teacher, how can I prepare myself for the visit to the Memorial?
The educational staff of the Memorial provides support to teachers in organising and preparing for the content of the visit. Additional information, recommendation and tips can be found here and here.
How much does a visit to the Memorial cost?
For individual visitors, the visit to the Memorial, the exhibitions, and the guided tours for individual visitors are free of charge. There may be some fees associated with additional services (such as renting a multimedia guide etc.).
Additional information regarding the fees for group services can be found here.
Are there lockers available for purses, backpacks, and similar items?
There are lockers available at the visitor information desk for both individual visitors and larger groups.
Is filming or taking photographs permitted at the Memorial?
To apply in advance for a permission for professional filming and photographs at the Press and Public Relations Department, an online form can be filled out here.
In the outdoors grounds, no special permission is required for photographs intended solely for private use. If you wish to take photographs during a guided tour, please speak with visitor information. In the tunnels, taking photographs during the guided tours is not permitted in order to avoid disturbing other visitors.
May dogs be brought into the Memorial?
Dogs are not permitted on the grounds of the former prisoners’ camp and inside the museum building (with the exception of guide dogs). Outside this area, leashed dogs are permitted.
What is the minimum age for children at the Memorial?
We recommend that you do not visit the former crematorium and the exhibitions with children under 12 years of age. The minimum age for participating in booked group tours is 15.
How is the work at the Memorial financed?
The federal and state governments contribute equally to finance most of the Memorial’s work. Donations also make it possible for us to finance special projects.
Where can I find information on the history of Mittelbau-Dora?
You will find an introduction to the history of the Memorial on our web site (historical overview and chronicle), in the cited publications, by visiting the permanent exhibition, the visitor information and the online bookshop.
How much of the former camp has been preserved? What will we be able to see?
At first glance, the Memorial grounds seem like wooded parkland. On closer look, however, you will see remains of a variety of structures from the former camp – for example, the foundations of the housing barracks, the former track bed courses, the foundation walls of the camp prison, and numerous functional buildings such as the camp kitchen, the laundry, and the warehouse for personal effects. The former crematorium has been fully preserved and may be viewed. The former fire station has also been preserved, and is used for special exhibitions.
More information about the outdoor facilities can be found here.
May I carry out research in the Memorial?
You may conduct research on the history of the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp in our Memorial documentation department (archive) and library. Additional information can be found here.
May we search for information regarding family members?
You may conduct research regarding inmates of the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp in the Memorial archive. Please fill in an inquiry form here.
Where can I obtain information about the history of Nordhausen under National Socialism?
The brochure "Nordhausen im Nationalsozialismus" (“Nordhausen under National Socialism”, in German) is available at the visitor information, in the Memorial online bookshop and in the municipal tourist information centre of the town of Nordhausen. An open online version is available on the website of the Memorial.
Where can commemorative events be held?
Commemorative events in memory of prisoners of the concentration camp can be held at various sites on the memorial grounds. Most events are held on the memorial square in front of the former crematorium.
Please contact the visitor information department in advance if you are planning a commemorative event.
How can I support the Memorial’s work?
We are happy to accept donations to support our work. Additional information can be found here.