The Falstad landscape contains much more than the centre’s main building. East of the centre you find the war time commander’s house. And one kilometer to the south is the Falstad forest – once the execution site of the German SS, now a peaceful memorial site. A walking trail connects the forest and the former camp area.
The Falstad forest
The Falstad forest is a national memorial site. Several memorials have been erected to commemorate the prisoners who were executed.
Our digital experience takes you back in time and shows you the camp landscape as it looked at the Liberation in May 1945. Using specially developed XR technology and our iPad, you can wander around in a virtual reconstruction of SS Strafgefangenenlager Falstad. At different places in the digital landscape you will find witness testimonies and stories from 1941-1945. Texts are in Norwegian, English, Russian and German.
Tablets with the digital reconstruction can be borrowed from the reception desk.
The Commander’s house
North-east of the main building is the former commander’s residence, built by prisoners for the German camp management in 1943. The building is now being renovated, and will open to visitors in autumn 2020. In a new exhibition in the basement we invite you to explore the history of the house and the theme of power. You are also welcome to spend time in the living rooms on the ground floor, and in the lush garden outside.
The one-mile long trail connecting the former camp site and the Falstad forest, was established in 2012. The graveled trail With twenty bridges across the small river Byaelva, it is well suited for families with children.