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Dachau Highlights

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     you can reach it easily with public transport 

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     Not for young children 

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     it gives you an idea of what Nazism did 

Dachau Things to Do

  • Dacau Concentration Camp, Upper...

    "Think about how we died here" that is a sign at the camp, which makes you realise the brutalities of the SS and one of the black chapters of German History. I took an English walking tour of the Dacau camp and the guide was very well read and patient and takes you almost half a day to see through the whole camp .There is a good cafe at the...

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  • Dachau town

    Unfortunately the low temperatures didn’t allow us to spend some time in the town of Dachau. What we saw was just what was on the bus route from the train station to Concentration Camp Memorial Site.It’s a mid size Germany town with about 40,000 inhabitants, most of them work in Munich. There is a historic center that houses a 18th century castle,...

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  • crematoriums and gas chamber

    One of the most disturbing parts of Dachau is the area with the crematoriums. There were built outside the main camp area so not to be visible. The Old Crematorium (pic 1) was built in the summer of 1940 when non german prisoners came. The mortality rate was so big that a year later it was already working beyond capacity! It was in operation until...

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  • monument of the unknown prisoner

    At the back side of the camp (near the crematoriums) we saw a sad statue that was created in memory to all the people that lost their lives in Dachau Concentration Camp. It’s the Monument of the Unknown Prisoner, made by Fritz Koelle that used Kurt Lange as a model (he was a Germany homosexual that was prisoned here in Dachau).It looks a simple...

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  • fence and towers

    Escaping from Dachau Concentration Camp was impossible as it was surrounded by high wall and barbed wire fencing with sharpened stakes to make it more difficult, let aside the electric wire fence. There was also a steep moat with water behind the fence and a sleeper ditch in front of the fence, also a flat area around that was some kind of no man’s...

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  • religious memorials

    At the end of the main road we saw the religious memorials, some of them open for religious services but not always:1.Protestant Church of ReconciliationDesigned by Helmut Striffler and opened on april 30, 1967. It is supported by the German Protestant Church. It has many curves so to be in contrast with the strict lines that Nazis liked (and used...

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  • the barracks

    The original barracks of Dachau demolished in 1965 when they felt in decay. Apart from the ones that inmates were sleeping there were barracks for medical experiments (where the inmates were used as objects and they all died of course), the library, a canteen etc Unlike other camps where you can see the original barracks here you can see 2...

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  • memorial and appelplatz

    Appelplatz (between the barracks and the administration building) was the roll call area where the inmates had to stand daily no matter if it was under the sun during the summer or in very low temperatures during winter (-20’C was normal so imagine some weak starving people with almost nothing for clothes). Near by you can see the poles where some...

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  • The film

    Inside the museum of the Dachau Concentration Camp there is a 250seat theatre room where you can watch a film/documentary about the camp and the nazi era.It is shown in English and german, check the timetable/language at the door and adjust your visit with the time that is suitable for you. Although I didn’t learn something new from the video it is...

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Dachau Restaurants

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    Back view - the terrace is located at the left

    by matseb Written Jun 16, 2007

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    large selection, good quality, extreme nice spot to sit outside (spectacular view & calm)

    They serve their own beer, since the restaurant (also an tiny hotel) is owned by Zieglerbräu Dachau.

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Dachau Nightlife

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    My roommate Henry in Dachau

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 26, 2005

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    We arrived in Dachau late in the evening on our trip there, and had a little trouble finding the youth hostel. After a bit of searching, we were able to locate their downtown district which had all the basics, drug stores, eateries, and bars.

    We decided on a tavern at the end of the road, just off the main road into town which appeared to have many local people in it. We enjoyed a wonderful meal, and then the beer came. Unfortunately, this was before I knew about Virtual Tourist, so I will have to decline to inform you what the name of the pub is, but suffice to say after that evening, I may not have remembered the name anyway!

    Eins, Zwei, G'Suffa!!

    Dress Code: Come as you are, but be ready to enjoy the bier!

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Dachau Transportation

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    Dachau is located 20km NW of Munich.We took S2 train from Munich in the direction of Dachau/Petershausen and got off at Dachau station. The train ride was about 25 minutes from Munich’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). We got a 3day ticket that included Dachau, if you need a single ticket buy the single day ticket (11euro) that also includes metro...

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  • Access to Dachau Camp

    For independent travel from Munich, the train to Dachau leaves from the main train station and takes well less than half an hour. Exit the train station and the bus stop is right in front. Take 724 which goes directly to the entrance (end of the line). Audio guides are located in white containers along the walkway on the left side. Guided tours...

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  • Getting to the Memorial

    It takes approximately 20 minutes to reach Dachau from Munich on the S-Bahn route to Dachau/Petershausen.Once at Dachau station, the bus number 726 takes approx. 10 minutes to reach the camp entrance. The bus stop is 'KZ-Gedenkstaette'.

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Dachau Local Customs

  • Please don't forget that Dachau is a...

    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...

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  • Biergärten

    The Bavarian way of life is never more evident than when you travel into the heart of Dachau and enter one of the Biergärtens. Since all 4 of us had never really been on a trip to Europe while we were in college, we tried our best to experience this type of environment first hand by going out drinking once in a while. We mainly planned these...

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Dachau Warnings and Dangers

  • not for children under 12

    A sign at the museum of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site informs the visitors that some content may not be appropriate for children under the age of 12. Although no one will be turned away based on age I wouldn’t bring a small kid here as it would be extremely hard to explain some things (mass murders, humiliation and terror, crematoriums,...

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  • Steer clear of school groups...

    Try not to visit when school groups are attending. I say this, but it is impossible to determine when they might be there. We were surprised to find that schools were still in progress at the end of July. If you see a large number of tour buses parked in the lot, be prepared, and avoid as best you can. I was disappointed to find the lack of respect...

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  • Museum age recommendation

    The museum recommends that children under the age of 12 may not be suitable for the content inside.I saw many children younger than this escorted by families. Although none were visibly upset, I think the age recommendation should be adhered to. Children should not have to witness the horrors of Dachau at such a young age in my opinion.

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Dachau Tourist Traps

  • by Sicktomystomach Updated Aug 11, 2010

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    Don't visit this Disneyfied version of the hell hole that was Dachau. I was there in the early 1960's before things were prettied up and am appalled at the photos I am now seeing of that place of horror. It seems to have been turned into a place of chapels and greenery and that believe me was nowhere to be found during WWII. Even the gas chambers have been completely sanitized. Save your money and walk in any park and think about why a nation would go to such extremes to bury its past. There are no lessons in that camp to learn other than evil can be covered up.

    Unique Suggestions: The residents of the town of Dachau after the war just couldn't give directions to the Koncentration Kamp. They stared at visitors and looked at us as if we were crazy. In their minds, it didn't exist. The last thing anyone should do is fill the coffers of whomever was involved in this obscuring of history.

    Fun Alternatives: Auchwitz, U. S. Holocaust Museum

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Dachau What to Pack

  • Warning in summer

    When you visit the Dachau concentration camp, don't carry much luggage because the camp is huge and you may get tired. I visited the KZ on a hot summer day. It was around 35 ?C, which is really very hot for the German parametres. So, you should wear light clothes in summer. However, I'd recommend you shouldn't wear too short clothes as a sign of...

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  • Climate in Dachau

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 8 – 18°C ( 47 - 64°F ); min: 0 - 7°C ( 32 - 45°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 20 – 22°C ( 68 - 72°F ); min: 10 - 12°C ( 50 - 53°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 18°C ( 63 - 64°F); min: 0 - 8°C ( 32 – 47°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 2 – 4°C ( 36 - 39°F); min: -3 - -1°C ( 27 - 30°F )

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Dachau Off The Beaten Path

  • Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany ...

    Dachau concentration camp was the first Nazi concentration camp opened in Germany, located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the medieval town of Dachau, about 16 km northwest of Munich in the state of Bavaria, which is located in southern Germany. Opened 22 March 1933 it was the first regular concentration camp established by...

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  • ~~~ there's a castle, too ~~~

    Ontop of the city, you'll find a nice castle with a nice view to Munich. After checking the castle you can rest in the park or at thecoffee shop with tasteful cakes within the castle or adjacent to the park.The castle is opened April-September: 9 am-6 pm and October-March: 10 am-4 pm(except mondays).

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  • 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...

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Dachau Favorites

  • College Student

    Hey Mark,thanks for writing this about me lol, albeit not completely truthfully :) In my case I didnt need to learn English, nor was I a college student, nor did you hire me, I offered but I still had fun with you guys and all the times we got lost, your friend ending up in the youth hostel in dachau, sleeping in the kitchen, by climbing through an...

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  • 1933: the Dachau KZ opens!

    This article from a newspaper of Augsburg, exhibited in the museum, reminds us of the inauguration of the Dachau concentration camp on 31st March 1933, just two months after Hitler's ascent to Kanzler, ("Chancellor").The Dachau KZ was the first of a long series.

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  • Dachau nature

    Walking across the wide boulevards and stopping for a while in the wild nature of the concentration camp makes one feel strange. Actually, the trees provide a great sense of peace but, at the same time, one is aware that many people suffered to death in that same place. Unfortunately, it is difficult to perceive the peaceful atmosphere because of...

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The museum
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main Gate
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Visitor Center
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administration building
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the avenue
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Kids and Dachau don't mix...
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Defense bunkers...
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Barbed wire enclosures
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The Bunker, a prison within a prison
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The crematorium
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Inside the crematorium building...
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The 'Old' crematorium
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The Gas Chambers...
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Just one look...tells all
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A large complex
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Concentration Camp - The Gates
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Concentration Camp - The Crematorium
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Concentration Camp - Roll Call Area
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Concentration Camp - Memorial
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Concentration camp
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Concentration Camp
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Crematorium at Dachau Concentration Camp
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KZ-Museum: the story of Dachau
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appelplatz
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crematorium
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gas chamber
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barrack foundations
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arbeit macht frei
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jouhaus
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The concentration camp
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The Butterfly
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The Unknown Inmate
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The Killing Grounds
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The Gas Chambers
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The Incinerators
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The Perimeters
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