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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. Today, it’s home to the NS-Documentation Center, an award-winning museum that has been housed in the building since 1988. It memorializes Nazi victims across wide-ranging exhibitions and is a major research center.

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Things to know before you go

  • Audio guides, available for a small fee in eight languages, offer an accessible way to explore the museum’s permanent exhibition.
  • The building’s basement prison is now a moving memorial site to Nazi victims; the cells feature over 1,300 inscriptions and drawings on the walls, which have been preserved.
  • Temporary exhibitions are held as a supplement to the permanent collection, and address local and national perspectives on the Nazi era.
  • 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. Alternatively, travel by car, by bike, or on foot.

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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.

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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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