Sudetenlandstrasse 79, Dachau, Bavaria, 85221, Germany
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Hi guys... whats the best way to get from munich to dachau. Also have any of you been to any of the other camps?
Take the S-bahn, I think it is S2 and starts at Hauptbahnhof / Main train station.
What other camps ??
I have been to Mauthausen in Austria and Terezin / Theresienstadt in Czechia, and I have made a page about it on VT !
The train from the main station only takes about 20/30 minutes to Dachau, then its a short bus ride from the station to the camp. I have been to Auschwitz. It was a real eye opener but something you need to see to understand how horrific peoples lives were back then. Its hard to beleive that it didnt happen so long ago.
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The Dachau's camp history (1)
On March 22, 1933, the first German concentration camp was set up near Dachau on the grounds of a former ammunition factory by Heinrich Himmler.
Political opponents, Jews, clergymen and so called 'undesirable elements' were to be isolated here as enemies of the regime.
In 1937, the camp, originally planned for 5000 persons proved to be too small.
Please don't forget that Dachau is a city as well!
My guide at the memorial site told us this sad story. About 20 years ago when people living in Dachau wanted to travel by car to neighbouring countries like France they could apply for a temporary Munich licence plate for their car. Apparently Dachau registered cars were likely to be scratched with not so nice slogans in some countries. Now, how stupid is that?
A deeply ironic part of Dachau
Well, I'm not entirely sure if this is off the beaten path, but since it literally is a path, I thought I would put it here. When I first entered this forest road (it's near the gas chambers, in the back of the camp) I thought what a beautiful little road this was. As I travelled further in, I noticed a plaque that said that this path, this beautiful path, was also the place where many prisoners were executed by the Nazis. I found it deeply ironic that a place I found so peaceful and quiet (and away from the busier tourist areas of the camp) was also the place of untold horrors for so many people. Though there are no buildings or anything back here, I found it to be one of the most chilling places in the camp.
These are the administration buildings were the Nazis planned the work day and extermination of the prisoners. In the back of this building, a 40 minute film is shown depicting life in the camp. It is a must see for an accurate portrayal of what the prisoners went through. Dachau was the first concentration camp of the Nazis, and all other camps were patterned after this one for the mass extermination of people.
Church of St. Jakob
The parish church of St. Jakob marks the centre of the Altstadt (old centre) of Dachau. It was erected in 1624 in Late Renaissance style. The tower was added later (1676) and has a height of 44 meters and has a typical onion-like spire.
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