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. By using our Dachau vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and other attractions in Dachau.
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  • August 18, 2017
    One of the first concentration camps of nazi Germany. Reconstructed partially and very well documented. Admission is free and you can take audio guides in all languages (3.5 euros and deposited a card or passport for each group of devices to return). We went with the children (11 and 13 years) and did not make them especially hard (children under 12 not allowed the audio guides). If return would hire a guided tour to learn more things already that the audio guides are comprehensive but somewhat slow and, at times, tedious. Does it take to travel a minimum of two to three hours without much further. Very busy.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This was the last historic site our tour group visited in Germany. It was very dramatic and interesting. Most of the barracks were torn down, but some remained and other buildings were still there. Yo...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Our visit to Dachau was conducted by a tour group, led by our native guide Alex. We departed from Marienplatz in Munich, and traveled by train, bus and foot to the memorial. The Dachau concentration c...  more »
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  • It's really grateful that such a depressing and heartbreaking history was well kept in this place to remind people what should not be done again. Furthermore, it's a precious place to let people be able to respectfully learn the lessons from this unforgettable history. It's convenient to get to here by car or by train and bus. The audio guide is detailed-speaking for every spot. Really recommended to visit!
  • Depressing to learn how so many people invested so much time, energy and resources into hating and harming their fellow man, but it was worth it. The grounds are stark yet beautiful and you can easily take it all in without a tour. I'm not posting pics because it's a memorial, and I think that's disrespectful.
  • It is important to remember this history through such memorials. They have done well.at re-creating a barracks, leaving the incinerators and providing areas showing the ditch and fence to help give a view of what it was like. Everyone should visit when in Munich.
  • Wow! What an experience. The whole place was very well kept and the tour guides knew exactly what they were talking about. Very moving and harrowing, but definitely worth the visit. However, I wouldn't bring young kids here
  • Dachau Concentration Camp should be visited by anyone at least once. It has been kept very well and it gave me a sensation of deep desolation that, I believe, will never match the real one back in the 30s and 40s. Also, a great museum has been installed in the camp, and there is a short documentary that is very touching.

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