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A moving reminder of a dark time in Europe's history, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany. Set on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the medieval town of Dachau, the camp was intended to hold only political prisoners. However, it eventually detained Jews, ordinary German and Austrian criminals, and foreign nationals from countries occupied or invaded by Germany. Today, the camp serves as a memorial to the many prisoners who suffered and lost their lives here between 1933 and 1945. The displays guide you over the path that would have been taken by new prisoners, leading straight through the main entry gate. The memorial includes the camp prison and the maintenance buildings, which once housed kitchens, workshops, and baths. They now serve as a museum. You can book guided tours in advance. Take a look at our Dachau trip tool to schedule your visit to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Tours to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
$39 BOOK WITH VIATOR Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich by Train
Duration: 5 hours
$59 BOOK WITH VIATOR Munich WWII Combo: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Third Reich Walking Tour
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site reviews
They way the entire history is presented is very factual - without any drama or making it worse than it was. And there is no need for that. If you're going over the grounds, and listen to the stories.... more »
In the past I've visited multiple concentration camps and would say that I have my fair share of knowledge on this time period, as I am very interested in history. That being said, I found the museum.... more »
Try to get the audio guide (and the map that goes with it). There is a basic amount that you can listen to and you can go into more detail on each section, additionally there are also recollections from people associated with the camp. The museum is also very comprehensive and the audio guide accompanies it. To listen to everything and appreciate the museum you almost need to allow a full day, not the 2.5hrs I have seen mentioned. We spent 5 hrs and didn't listen to any recollections and went quite fast through some bits of the museum.
Incredible experience! There's limited parking out front, but they're building parking lots now. There's also a bus from town you can take right to the entrance. I would only recommend the audio tour if you can't read English or German, or if you want to hear much more detail (to visit all the areas and read all the plaques is at least 2 hours, so plan on 3+ to listen to all the extra content). Incredibly moving. Don't miss the bunker in the back or the film that's played every 30 minutes.
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