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How to find us and organizational information


Access to the exhibition "Buchenwald. Ostracism and Violence 1937 to 1945" is only possible with advance online reservation.

We ask you to wear a facemask indoors. Thank you very much!

Information for Visitors

A guardhouse with a part of the camp fence. Behind it the former crematorium.

Outdoor Facilities

Visitors may tour the entire memorial site on their own. The following restrictions apply to the opening hours from 1 April: Visits to the former crematorium will be possible Tuesday to Friday from 10am - 11am and from 2:30pm - 5:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5:30pm. At other times, visits are only possible as part of public tours and group tours.

Guided tours of the outdoor facilities for individual visitors take place every 60 minutes between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm (only in German). The meeting point is located in front of the Visitor Information Centre and is marked with a "Guided Tour" sign.

Brochures, such as our "Visitors' Guide" (available in 11 langueages), and other leaflets are available at the Visitor Information Centre at the parking lot or for download.

Alternately, visitors can download our app "Buchenwald". Multimedia guides can also be borrowed on site. If you would like to borrow a large number of devices, please inform us by email at

Large groups and school classes should use the registration form to book a guided tour.

A young visitor stands in front of illuminated exhibition panels. The panels are arranged asymmetrically and stretch across the room at chest level along a beam-shaped construct.


To visit the exhibition "Buchenwald. Ostracism and Violence 1937 to 1945" on the history of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, visitors must reserve a time slot in advance.

No reservation is required for further exhibitions.

View of the screen of the cinema hall of the Buchenwald Memorial.

Introductory Film

The 30-minute, free introductory film runs every hour on the hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (approx. 30 min., German with English subtitles).

Versions with subtitles in French and for the hearing impaired, as well as other documentaries, for example about the Soviet Special Camp No. 2, can be viewed by prior arrangement with the Visitor Information Centre.

Registration is not necessary for individuals and small groups.

Large groups are requested to register with the Visitor Information Centre in advance by e-mail (

By appointment, the film can also be shown outside the regular times and on the half-hour. The cinema is located at the back of the Visitor Information Centre building at the parking lot.

Additional Practical Information

Duration of Stay

Due to the extensive grounds and the variety of information available, we recommend that you plan at least 3 hours for your visit to the memorial.


If you come to the memorial with children, please make sure that you behave with them in a manner appropriate to the location. We recommend that you do not visit the museum, the detention cells, or the former crematorium with children under 12 years of age.


Please note, that dogs are not permitted on the grounds of the former inmates' camp. It is also a cemetery. Exceptions are guide dogs for the blind and assistance dogs with corresponding identification jackets.


The memorial is located on Ettersberg Mountain at an altitude of almost 480 metres. Even on sunny days, it can be cold and windy. We recommend warm clothing and sturdy shoes.


Visits to the memorial and exhibitions are free of charge. Fees only apply for the use of additional educational offerings, such as taking a guided tour or renting multimedia guides.


Our OpenWLAN wireless connection is available free of charge in the Visitor Information Centre at the parking lot.

Food and Drink

Café Paul offers a selection of food and drinks. It located at the parking lot, next to the Visitor Information Centre. We ask for your understanding that due to the current tight personnel situation at Café Paul, the café is unfortunately only open to a limited extent or must remain closed completely on some days. Please check the website of Lebenshilfe-Werk Weimar/Apolda e.V. for opening hours.

How To Find Us

Shown is a Google Maps route to the Buchenwald Memorial from the highway also in the direction of Erfurt.
Routenansicht nach Buchenwald von der A4 Richtung Jena / Dresden, 2022. Screenshot, Google Maps.


Buchenwald, 99427 Weimar, Germany

Navigation destination: (Memorial) Buchenwald, Weimar

Latitude: 51.021422 (51° 1' 17.12" N)
Longitude: 11.249056 (11° 14' 56.60" E)

Sign of the bus stop "Buchenwald memorial".

By Public Transport

The memorial can be reached by bus line 6, which departs hourly from Goetheplatz and the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in Weimar in the direction of Buchenwald (not: Ettersburg). The journey takes about 20 minutes.

On weekends, the memorial can also be reached by bus line 4 in the direction of Ettersburg.

The yellow place-name sign "Buchenwald Stadt Weimar". Behind it trees.

By Car or Coach

The Buchenwald Memorial is located about 10 km northwest of Weimar's city centre.

Motorway A4 (Frankfurt am Main – Dresden): Take Exit 48 "Nohra" towards Weimar, and then follow the signs to the Buchenwald Memorial (approx. 18 km)

Motorway A9 (Berlin – Munich): At Hermsdorfer Kreuz take the A4 towards Jena / Erfurt / Frankfurt am Main. After approx. 40 km, take Exit 48 "Nohra" towards Weimar, and then follow the signs to the Buchenwald Memorial (approx. 18 km)

The access road to the memorial.

Motorway A71 (Schweinfurt – Sömmerda): At Erfurter Kreuz take the A4 towards Jena / Dresden. After approx. 20 km, take Exit 48 "Nohra" towards Weimar, and then follow the signs to the Buchenwald Memorial (18 km)

Route B7 (Kassel – Erfurt – Gera): When you reach Weimar, follow the signs to the Buchenwald Memorial

Route B85 (Kyffhäuser – Bayreuth): When you reach Weimar, follow the signs to the Buchenwald Memorial

View of the parking lot of the memorial. Behind it some buildings.


A large number of free parking spaces are available on site.

Coaches may stop between the Visitor Information Centre and the International Youth Centre to load and unload passengers. For parking, please use the marked areas at the back of parking lot.

On the left is a charging station. On the right of the picture is the parking lot of the memorial.

Electric Vehicles

There is an electric charging station provided by Stadtwerke Weimar (2 x type 2, 11 kW) at the central parking lot, near the entry driveway.

A charging card is required to charge your vehicle.

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