Dachau Warnings and Dangers

  • look for the tour buses
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    Henry counts to two.
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    not for children under 12

    by mindcrime Written Jan 21, 2013

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    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, gas chambers etc)

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    Steer clear of school groups...

    by mapakettle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    look for the tour buses

    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 given by the kids, especially the teens. This is not a typical site as such, a tourist destination of course, but it has questionable entertainment value.

    Visiting Dachau was much like an extended vist to your local cemetary, however much more moving for the average adult.

    This is a duplication of the tip made in 'Things to do', as often visitors to this site will only click on to the Dangers tip portion.

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    Museum age recommendation

    by slothtraveller Written Aug 10, 2007

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    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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    Identity pass

    by asurfacing Written Dec 4, 2006

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    Though Admission to the Memorial Site, the film showings and the various exhibitions on the grounds are free of charge, if you are interested in the Audio guide, it costs about 3 euros, concession price € 2,00 (pupils, students). Groups can obtain an Audio Guide at the concession price, too.

    A deposit is obligatory (passport, identity card, student card, etc.). Make sure you have something of the sort with you!

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    Insensitive couths!

    by asurfacing Written Dec 4, 2006

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    Be warned of random giggling teenagers posing with their sandwiches on the bunker beds of the Jewish prisoners while being photographed by their buddies. It hurts to see such behaviour in a place that evokes horror.

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    Never let your Mass get empty!

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 26, 2005

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    Raf running on empty

    One of the tragedies of bar hopping always comes when you forget to order your next beer before you finish your current one.

    Here Rafael clearly was not thinking and ran out of fresh brew before his next one made it to the table....

    PLEASE do not let this happen to you, heed my warning, and take my advice... order EARLY!

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    Beware of your hand signals!

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 26, 2005

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    Henry counts to two.

    Remember that in foreign countries, your hand symbols are not always the same.

    In America, sticking your thumb up in the air means that you like whatever you are currently enjoying. Giving someone the thumbs up sign means you are having a good time.

    In Germany however... this is how you order another mass of beer.

    More importantly, if you stick your index finger in the air, that means you would like 2 beers, since the thumbs up sign is the number one when counting in German.

    Henry quickly found out after raising his finger that this was the most effective way to get 2 more frosty beverages sent his way!

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    Disturbing photos

    by shdw100 Written Feb 21, 2003

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    Just a warning that you will see some disturbing photos and video of the camp and the prisoners that were here. You will also be able to see the crematorium, or "ovens" where the people were murdered, which is also very disturbing. I would not recommend this place for children under 12 as they will not understand the full impact of the autrocities that happened here. The website is one of many that can be visited regarding information about Dachau

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    by oldgi Written Jan 24, 2004

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    Krematorium at Dachau

    I feel smaller children would not understand the horror or concept of the Dachau concentration camp.Thus this may upset them.So use good judgement.oldgi

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    Strong feelings

    by TinKan Updated Feb 1, 2003

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    Ovens

    There is places that will bring up some strong feelings in all humans. The ovens are located at the back of the camp.

    Remember to have some respect while visiting the religious areas of the camp.

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