Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Dachau

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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.
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  • This is a very powerful and moving experience. The information around the site is set out clearly in large type - also in English. It’s good to see so many respectful school groups visiting. There... 
    This is a very powerful and moving experience. The information around the site is set out clearly in large type - also in English. It’s good to see so many respectful school groups visiting. There...  more »
  • Perhaps not for everyone, but a very well done Memorial to this sad chapter of mankind. The place is overwhelmingly huge, way beyond what I imagined. We unknowingly were there the day of the 77th... 
    Perhaps not for everyone, but a very well done Memorial to this sad chapter of mankind. The place is overwhelmingly huge, way beyond what I imagined. We unknowingly were there the day of the 77th...  more »
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  • Well preserved concentration camp. Free to visit. The museum inside the main building is very complete, lots of information and artifacts. Very worth it to go through it in detail to understand the history fully. All descriptions in English and German. Audio guides are available with additional languages at the visitor center. Guides are sitting at locations around the camp and they'll tell you about them. Great experience visiting this memorial. Parking is 3 euros
  • An informative and thoughtful reminder of the cruel actions so many years ago. A must visit to understand German history. I saw some families with children in strollers. Please inform yourself about this place before you take toddlers and young children there. It is really not a happy place. Wheelchair accessible.

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