Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Is the memorial site of historical significance?
- Did Hitler and Himmler take part in the Wannsee Conference?
- Was a decision on the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question” made at the Wannsee Conference?
- Is the exhibit suitable for children?
- What does it cost to visit the memorial site?
- How long does it take to tour the exhibition?
- Are you allowed to take photographs or film the exhibition?
- Is the memorial site accessible for disabled people?
- Is there an audio guide?
- Is it a multilingual exhibition?
- Can external tour guides lead tours of the exhibition?
- How long does it take to drive to Wannsee from Berlin city centre?
- Is there a café?
- Is there free access to the gardens?
Is the memorial site of historical significance?
Yes, the building that now houses the memorial site, built in 1914 as an industrialist’s villa, was owned by the SS security services / the Reich Security Main Office from 1941 to 1945, during which time it served as a guest house. On 20 January 1942, the meeting to discuss the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”, now known as the Wannsee Conference, took place in the ground floor of the villa.
Did Hitler and Himmler take part in the Wannsee Conference?
No, neither Hitler nor Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler took part in the conference on 20 January 1942. Those present were state secretaries of various ministries and central authorities of the Reich and the Nazi party as well as leading SS and police officers.
Was a decision on the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question” made at the Wannsee Conference?
No, no “decision" on the Final Solution was made at the Wannsee Conference. The participants at the conference discussed cooperation in the planned deportation and murder of European Jews. It was thus a question of the active participation of Reich ministers and Nazi authorities in the genocide.
Is the exhibit suitable for children?
The memorial site offers an educational programme for groups of children in the 5th school year and above; this includes parts of the permanent exhibition. Other parts of the exhibition are not suitable for children.
What does the memorial site cost to visit?
The permanent exhibition is free for individuals. Fees are charged for events.
The education department offers tours of the exhibition in several languages as well as seminars and study days. Pre-booking in good time is required. A fee of 3,00 Euro per person is charged for adults with their own income.
Participation in tours, seminars and study days is free for teenagers, school children, apprentices and students.
How long does it take to tour the exhibition?
It takes about two to three hours to tour the permanent exhibition.
Are you allowed to take photographs or film the exhibition?
Yes, so long as the images are for private use and you do not disturb other visitors to the exhibition. Other visitors may only be photographed with their express permission. You must seek permission from the management for film recordings.
Please note that much of the pictorial material in the exhibition is available on DVD and that views of the exhibition and a digital tour can be found on the House website.
Is the memorial site accessible for disabled people?
The permanent exhibition on the ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs. There is also a disabled toilet on the ground floor. The library and seminar rooms can be reached by a lift.
Unfortunately, the exhibition is not available in Braille. A folder containing important texts in Braille is available from reception. We offer special tours for blind and partially sighted people.
Is there an audio guide?
Yes, an audio guide (English, German and Hebrew) is at the reception available (3,00 EUR).
Is it a multilingual exhibition?
Yes, all the introductory and commentary texts are available in German and English. The German documents on display have been entirely or partially translated into English. The texts at the audio and video stations are available to listen to or subtitled in English, and some are also available in Hebrew.
Explanatory catalogues are available at reception in the following languages: Hebrew (complete) and French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Spanish and Greek (including the most important texts and documents).
Can external tour guides lead tours of the exhibition?
Tours of the permanent exhibition led by external tour guides, teachers and/or city guides are not permitted. We appreciate your understanding in this respect.
How long does it take to drive to Wannsee from Berlin city centre?
It takes approx. 45 minutes to get from the city centre to the House of the Wannsee Conference by public transport (local train (RE) or S-Bahn + Bus 114). The precise duration depends on the available connections (see www.bahn.de or www.bvg.de).
Is there a café?
The cafeteria is only available for groups taking part in whole day programmes. The memorial site is not permitted to operate a café open to the public for tax reasons. There are two restaurants and a snack bar very close to the site.
Is there free access to the gardens?
Yes, the park (approx. 25,500 m2) is freely accessible during opening hours. Please ensure that your clothing and behaviour are appropriate to the site. The house rules of the memorial site are equally applicable in the grounds.