Frequently asked questions – FAQ

A standard visit takes a minimum of two hours.
  • Groups should always book.
  • Individuals should not make reservations.
Assistance dogs are welcome. No other dogs or animals are allowed on our site.
  • Yes, but in a way that it does not bother other visitors and is only done from the permitted course.
  • Permission to make images for professional purposes and journalists should be requested from the site administrator via
  • A soft drink and coffee machine are situated near the counter.
  • Catering can be provided for groups on request.
  • At times an occasional pub is opened in a unique setting of an emergency residence from the period of the First World War.
No, out of respect for what happened here, smoking, drinking or eating is not allowed on the track.
The earth of the moat was laid on top of the concrete construction as protection against shell impacts. This earth had to be manually excavated by the prisoners. A pointless exhausting task...
Yes, five prisoners escaped, two of whom were arrested. 1 during transport to the Dossin barracks and 1 escaped internally from the isolation cells. 1 is said to have been killed by the guards during his escape attempt.
We know of two successful suicides in Breendonk. A Berlin journalist, Julius Berger, did try by drowning in the canal, but this was prevented by the camp leadership. He was to die in prison anyway.
No! When the Germans started using the fortress as an internment camp, there were hundreds of old Belgian military uniforms left on the site. These were used as a prisoner’s outfit.
No! The large chimneys above the kitchen may suggest otherwise... Breendonk, however, was not an extermination camp but a transit camp from where the prisoners were transported to concentrationscamps all over Europe.
18 nationalities, most of which are, of course, Belgians, but also many Poles, French, Russians, Germans and Dutch.
  • Only 3-4% were women: about 130.
  • The youngest prisoner was 15 years and 8 months old.
The corpses left in simple coffins for the military cemetery in Beverlo; later buried in the cemetery laid out for war victims at the Rijksschietbaan in Schaerbeek (at the VRT tower in Brussels).
After the war, the moat was completely emptied and cleaned. Huge fish are worth seeing at times!
The resistance fighter gets down on his knees but he does not give in, he resists and gets up agian. He is a symbol of resistance to repression by extremist ideologies.

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