Stutthof Concentration Camp Tours

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Visiting the Stutthof Concentration Camp in Gdansk

Stutthof Concentration Camp holds immense historical importance as the first concentration camp established outside German borders. It stands as a somber reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II. By visiting Stutthof, you're not just witnessing history but also paying respects to the victims who suffered here. On this page, you'll find everything you need for a fulfilling experience, from ticket options to insightful information about the site.

What to Expect on Your Trip to The Stutthof Concentration Camp?

  • Experience the Stutthof Concentration Camp's poignant history on a guided tour with round-trip transfers from Gdansk.
  • Benefit from skip-the-line entry and engage with an English-speaking licensed guide to honor Holocaust victims.
  • Learn about the first concentration camp outside German borders, explore prisoner barracks, and witness gas chambers where over 110,000 prisoners suffered.
  • Enjoy a 5-hour tour, including museum exploration and 20 minutes of personal time.

Navigating a Painful Past with Sensitivity

  • We understand that visiting the Stutthof Concentration Camp can evoke a wide range of emotions. As you step into this historical site, you'll be treading upon ground that witnessed unimaginable suffering and resilience. Our intention is to honor the memory of those who endured, while fostering a deeper understanding of the human experience during that harrowing time.
  • Please be aware that the stories, artifacts, and surroundings you'll encounter might evoke feelings of sadness, anger, and reflection. This is a space of remembrance, where the echoes of the past are still faintly present. We encourage you to approach your visit with respect and empathy for the lives that were affected.
  • Remember that you're not alone in your emotions. Many who have walked these paths before have been moved to tears, contemplation, and even personal growth. If you find yourself overwhelmed, take a moment to pause, reflect, and reach out to our support staff who are here to assist you.
  • In paying tribute to the resilience of the human spirit, we stand united in our commitment to ensuring that such history is never forgotten, and that the lessons learned are carried forward for a more compassionate world. Your visit to Stutthof is an act of acknowledging the past, embracing empathy, and joining the global call for peace.
  • May your experience within these somber walls serve as a reminder of the importance of compassion, understanding, and the pursuit of a better future for all.

What to See at the Stutthof Concentration Camp?

The Death Gate

As you stand before the camp's entrance, envision the heart-wrenching moments of registration, where lives were forever altered. The chilling inscription "Arbeit macht frei" stands as a stark reminder of the prisoners' dehumanizing journey, inviting us to reflect on the depth of their suffering and the resilience that persisted within.

The Crematorium

This solemn building, once used for the burning of the bodies of gassed and starved prisoners, stands as a stark testament to the depths of human suffering inflicted during that time. The Nazis' attempt to obliterate evidence of their heinous acts cannot diminish the stories of those who perished.

The Barracks

Within these cramped wooden huts, the prisoners endured a relentless cycle of suffering—sleeping on barren bunks, plagued by cold, disease, and hunger. The very walls bear witness to the torment inflicted by guards, a stark reminder of the resilience that emerged from such dire conditions.

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The Museum

This is a modern building that houses a permanent exhibition about the history and victims of Stutthof. It displays various artifacts, documents, photographs, and testimonies that illustrate the life and death of the prisoners. It also has a library, an archive, and a research center.

The Cemetery

Within this solemn ground lie the remains of around 4,000 souls, a poignant testament to the tragic toll exacted during the brutal evacuation of Stutthof. Their harrowing journey through freezing conditions reminds us of the depths of human suffering endured in the pursuit of freedom.

The Execution Ground

In this haunting space behind the crematorium, the stark remnants stand as a testament to the grim fate many faced – a place where lives were cut short by firing squads and hangings. Here, a wooden gallows and a bullet-riddled concrete wall silently bear witness to the poignant stories of those lost during the darkest days of history.

The DAW Factory

Amidst the grim backdrop of the camp, an adjacent armaments factory emerged in 1944. A chilling reminder that even in such dire circumstances, human strength endured, albeit under duress, as thousands were coerced into relentless toil, their forced labor contributing to the machinery of wartime destruction.

Plan Your Visit

Getting There
Stutthof Concentration Camp

The Ticket Timings: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Venue Opening Hours:

  • The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the summer season (May 1 - September 30) and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the winter season (October 1 - April 30).
  • The museum is closed on Mondays and on public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Easter, All Saints’ Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.
  • The last admission to the museum is one hour before closing time.
  • Visitor Service Office: 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Documentary cinema screenings: 9 am - 4 pm (every half-hour)
  • Last screening: 4:00 PM
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Address: Muzealna 6, 82-110 Sztutowo, Poland

Find on Maps

The museum is located in the village of Sztutowo, about 35 km east of Gdańsk. You can reach the museum by car, bus or train. Although your ticket may include Hotel Transfers, in case you choose to get to the POI on your own, this is how you can:

By Car:

  • You can take the E77 road from Gdańsk to Elbląg, from here, Reach via Nowy Dwór Gdański, Stegna (about 45 km). There is a free parking lot near the museum entrance.
  • Drive via Sobieszewo, taking the ferry across the Vistula River in Świbno, Mikoszewo, Stegna (approx. 40 km during ferry operation).

By Bus: You can take the PKS bus from Gdańsk to Sztutowo. The bus stop is about 500 meters from the museum entrance. The bus schedule can be found here.

By Train: You can take the SKM train from Gdańsk to Nowy Dwór Gdański and then change to a local bus or taxi to Sztutowo. The train schedule can be found here.

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  • The museum has a visitor center where you can find information, tickets, souvenirs, books, and maps. There is also a cloakroom where you can leave your coats and bags.
  • The museum is said to have a cafeteria where you can buy snacks, drinks, and hot meals. There are also vending machines with water and coffee.
  • The museum has a library where you can access books, documents, and photos related to the history of Stutthof. The library is open from Tuesday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • The museum has a cinema hall where you can watch documentaries and films about Stutthof and the Holocaust. The cinema hall is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • The museum has a chapel where you can light a candle and pay your respects to the victims of Stutthof. The chapel is open every day from 8:00 AM to dusk.
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  • The museum is partially accessible to people with disabilities. There are ramps and elevators in some buildings, but not all areas are wheelchair-friendly. There are also some stairs and uneven surfaces in the outdoor exhibition area.
  • The museum offers audio guides for people with hearing impairments and tactile maps for people with visual impairments. You can borrow these devices at the visitor center for free.
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If you are looking for some food and drinks near the museum, here are some options that you might want to try:

  • Bar Łosoś: This is a cozy restaurant that serves Polish cuisine, especially fish dishes. It is located about 0.8 km from the museum entrance.
  • Sztutozzeria – moc PIZZY: This is a pizzeria that offers various kinds of pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts. It is located about 1 km from the museum entrance.
  • Uni Bar: This is a cafe that offers coffee, tea, cakes, sandwiches, and ice cream. It is located about 1.2 km from the museum entrance.
Plaza Stegna

If you have some extra time and want to explore the surroundings of the museum, here are some attractions that you might find interesting:

  • Sacred Heart Church: This is a beautiful Gothic church that dates back to the 14th century. It is located about 1.2 km from the museum entrance. You can admire its architecture, paintings, and stained glass windows.
  • Muzeum Bursztynu “bursztynowa Komnata”: This is a museum that showcases amber, a fossilized resin that is abundant in the Baltic region. It is located about 1.6 km from the museum entrance. You can see various amber products, such as jewelry, sculptures, and ornaments.
  • Plaza Stegna: This is a sandy beach that offers a relaxing view of the sea. It is located about 2.1 km from the museum entrance. You can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, or walking along the shore.

Visitor Tips

  • Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. The museum covers a large area and some parts are outdoors.
  • Bring some water and snacks with you, as there are no shops or vending machines inside the museum area.
  • Be prepared for an emotional and educational experience. The museum displays some disturbing and graphic images and testimonies of the atrocities that took place at Stutthof. You might want to take some breaks or talk to someone if you feel overwhelmed or upset.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the history of Stutthof Concentration Camp?

Stutthof was the first concentration camp outside Germany, established during World War II.

How can I buy tickets to visit Stutthof Concentration Camp?

Tickets can be purchased online, offering convenience and skip-the-line access.

Are guided tours available at Stutthof Concentration Camp?

Yes, guided tours with English-speaking licensed guides are offered, providing in-depth insights.

What are the highlights of Stutthof Concentration Camp?

Highlights include Holocaust memorials, prisoner barracks, and chilling gas chambers.

Can I explore Stutthof Concentration Camp independently?

Yes, after the guided tour, you have time to explore the museum and reflect on your own.

How long should I plan to spend at Stutthof Concentration Camp?

Plan for approximately 5 hours to fully experience the site and its history.

Is it suitable to bring young children to Stutthof Concentration Camp?

It's not recommended to bring sensitive young children due to the camp's disturbing sections.

Are there any nearby attractions to visit after Stutthof Concentration Camp?

Nearby attractions include Sztutowo Beach, Stegna Beach, and the Vistula Lagoon.

What are the parking options at Stutthof Concentration Camp?

There's a paid self-service car park on-site, with free parking on certain special days.

Can I cancel my Stutthof Concentration Camp tickets?

Yes, cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before the experience for a full refund.