Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Dachau

4.7
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • An eery but interesting place to visit, very informative. One reception staff lady was lovely but the rest were rude, especially the cafe staff. They clearly didnt like the English.  more »
  • I’ve read so much about the horrors of the nazi regime, I’ve seen movies and documentarys - and to me the name Dachau will for ever be connected to the most unspeakable crimes of humanity. Well, a...  more »
  • The place is a must go, but...we had a super bad experience with the tour in English. The lady had actually no English. She could not finish her phases and delivered no useful information. It was the....  more »
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  • 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.
  • Easy to get to from Munich City, much cheaper to do it on your own than to take a preplanned tour. There are on site tour guides who are extremely informative and answered all questions. So important to visit these sites and understand the full impact of what we as humans are capable of. Thank you for maintaining the site with so much respect.
  • Dachau concentration camp is a good place to come to learn history. It is not far from Munich. This place is free to visit on your own. I would recommend you to go with guide so you can listen all the story. The cost is only 3.5€ per person.
  • One of the first camps and lasted 12yrs from 1933 till 1945. Barracks are re built. Free entrance and guided tour costed 3,5€, the guide explained the history very detailed and good during the 2hrs. There is also a small museum w/lots of pics and info. Not too much going on. Worth visiting and remind ourselves don’t forget the history...

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