EL-DE Haus
EL-DE Haus

EL-DE Haus

10am - 6pm Tues-Fri, weekends 11am - 6pm. Closed Mondays
Appellhofplatz 23-25, Cologne

The basics

Formerly the business of jeweller Leopold Dahmen, the EL-DE Haus (which takes its name from his initials) became one of Cologne’s most notorious and feared addresses during WWII. Its basement was used to host a prison and torture chambers; despite heavy bombing campaigns, it survived the city’s many air raids. Since 1988, it has been the home of the NS-Documentation Center, a major research center and an award-winning museum that memorializes Nazi victims across wide-ranging exhibitions.

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Cologne: WWII places & EL-DE Haus Private Guided Tour
Cologne: WWII places & EL-DE Haus Private Guided Tour
$193.99 per adult
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Knowledgeable and interesting guide
Knowledgeable guide. Made events of WWII more understandable. Flexible to our requests of places to visit during our walking tour in Cologne.
Darcy_Y, Sep 2023

Things to know before you go

  • Audio guides are available for a small fee in eight languages and offer an accessible way to explore the permanent exhibition.
  • The building’s basement prison is now an impactful memorial site to Nazi victims; the cells feature over 1,300 inscriptions and drawings on the walls, which have been preserved.
  • Temporary exhibitions addressing local and national perspectives on the Nazi era are held as a supplement to the permanent collection.
  • Free admission is granted to children aged 0–6; free entry is also offered on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Free guided tours are offered once per month; it’s also possible to pre-book guided tours in English, French, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.
  • Unfortunately, due to its heritage architecture, the EL-DE Haus is not accessible to wheelchair users.
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How to get there

The EL-DE Haus is conveniently located in central Cologne. To reach the EL-DE Haus by public transportation, take the 3, 4, 5, 16, 18, or E trams to Köln Appellhofplatz station. The EL-DE Haus is also a short walk from the Cologne Central Station (Köln Hauptbahnhof), which is served by numerous mainline trains as well as the 5, 16, 18, and E trams.

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Trip ideas

When to get there

The EL-DE Haus is open from 10am–6pm Tuesday–Friday and from 11am–6pm Saturday–Sunday (and on public holidays). It has special late-opening hours until 10pm on the first Thursday of every month. Weekends and summer months tend to be more crowded.

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Events at the EL-DE Haus

The EL-DE Haus hosts a busy events calendar throughout the year, and it’s worth researching its schedule before you travel. Offerings range from readings and lectures to workshops and cultural events.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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