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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  • The best part was walking through history with our guide< hein, who was very knowledgeable and able to address any questions of our group. He kept group on schedule so we could experience. Hein was... 
    The best part was walking through history with our guide< hein, who was very knowledgeable and able to address any questions of our group. He kept group on schedule so we could experience. Hein was...  more »
  • We took part in an English speaking guided tour provided by the memorial team and she was fantastic! The tour took 2.5 hours and included the main areas of the publicly accessible camp, with many... 
    We took part in an English speaking guided tour provided by the memorial team and she was fantastic! The tour took 2.5 hours and included the main areas of the publicly accessible camp, with many...  more »
  • If you make a stop to Munich and you are a fan of history you must come here, live and feel the experience in real life. It’s a sadness to see what the human being is able to do with a dash of... 
    If you make a stop to Munich and you are a fan of history you must come here, live and feel the experience in real life. It’s a sadness to see what the human being is able to do with a dash of...  more »
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  • Visiting the Dachau camp was one of the most grounding experiences of my life,. Even though there was a considerable number of people viewing at the time that I went around, this did not detract from the experience, probably added to the awe inspiring gravity of the events that took place there in the last century. There were very few children visiting at the time I went and maybe that is caring parents trying to protect their offsprings, but I believe everyone should be aware of what happened and could so easily happen again. Cliche, but a truly life changing experience.
  • So glad we made it out here. Interesting to understand the history behind this and seeing it in real life. My 11-year-old and 16-year-old also enjoyed it as much as I did. Highly recommended.
  • Definitely a heavy trip. A lot of history is contained here, and my only complaint of the day was that I did not have more time to spend here soaking everything in and learning more. Definitely a must have for any history buffs, or just anyone who wants to see one of the sites of the darkest depths that humanity has ever sunk to.
  • The €4 tour (2.5hr) was so informative. Moving without being too disturbing to engage. The memorial site is well managed. The museum has a lot of detail to engage with. Emotional but well worth the visit.
  • 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

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