House of the Wannsee Conference was a beautiful lakeside villa built in 1914 by pharmaceutical magnate Ernst Marmlier. The imposing mansion later became involved in one of the darkest hours in history. Today the Villa serves as the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference.
A few years after being built, the home was aquired by German industrialist Friedrich Minoux. In 1941 he was jailed and fined for business fraud against the Berlin Gasworks. From behined bars he sold the villa to a foundation that was aquiring properties to be used by members of the SS and their families for rest and recreation.
No one knows everything that was said during the meeting of high-ranking Nazi officials when they met in this mansion on January 20th 1942, but the subject of the meeting was the so-called "final solution to the Jewish question". The meeting lasted less than 2 hours. History tells us what the 'solution' turned out to be.
A permanent exhibit on the main floor carefully documents events leading up to and during the holocaust via texts and photographs.
In a reconstruction of the meeting room you'll see photographs of the participants along with the minutes of the meeting as recorded by Adolf Eichmann.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
House of the Wannsee Conference is only a 5 minute walk north from Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee so we suggest visiting both at the same time, especially since they are a good distance away from the city center.
May differ on holidays
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: Am Großen Wannsee 56-58, 14109 Berlin, Germany
Phone: 030 217998600
Official Website: House of the Wannsee Conference
Ratedout of 5
A most remarkable place to visit that tells the story of a passage of history that must never be forgotten and not be allowed to be repeated. It remains a concept of the utmost difficulty to conceive, that fifteen men could get together for a meeting the outcome of which was the "final solution". Our visit was made all the more poignant by a missed phone call I had during our visit: it was from a friend, a gentleman in his 90s who left Vienna in the late 1930's on the kindertransport.
Andrew Walker - 7 months ago
This place is where I was very much able to appreciate the talent of German documentation! The display was well explained and very well organised. One can use the free show (which we were told was more updated compared to their audioguide) and was it well made! The stories of the Jewish victims will surely give one the chills. I would surely like to know more such displays to understand the psyche of the perpetrators and the plight of the victims. Must visit! The staff deserves a shout-out for being great hosts!
Ashwini Shivakumar - 6 months ago
Wonderful well preserved historical site of great importance.
Eric Zimmerman - 4 months ago
Little part of human history. I loved museum very much.
Zoltan Fejos - 4 months ago
Historical place. Entrance is free. Friendly staff. Weekends are a little bit crowded.
Ayodhya Pathirana - 5 months ago
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How to get to House of the Wannsee Conference by S-Bahn
Nearest S-Bahn Line(s): S1, S7
Nearest S-Bahn Station(s): Wannsee
Take the S-Bahn to Berlin Wannsee Station. From there it is about a 5 minute bus ride on the #114 bus. Disembark at Am Großen Wannsee.
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