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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Dachau

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Historic Site
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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  • A place steeped in sadness, but to visit not to forget. The feeling takes hold of you from the parking lot. Admission is free but recommend paying a small fee to take the audioguide and listen to all the programmed path. It's basically left everything the same except the dormitories that were torn down but they left some for example. There are the prisons with the Museum, the offices of the SS, the moat, the gate, the ovens and showers as well as monuments and chapels to memory. Parking just outside is huge and it's free.
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  • As an educated historian, and well versed in all aspects of the Holocaust (and exploits of the Third Reich) I felt it absolutely necessary to come here. The history of the place is laid out very well ...  more »
  • Moving visit in a place where so many people have suffered and died. Do not forget to that happening. Arrive before 15: 00 in order to benefit from an audio guide the closed camps at 5 pm.
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  • I had an amazing experience here. I can't remember my tour guides full name (his first name is Moritz) but he was the best tour guide I ever had by any historical place. He really brought it all to life and made the trip to here worthwhile. As long as you get a great tour guide you will have a positive experience here. It is full of history and it's a great way to connect to our past.
  • In a group of 8 students, we visited the site by first walking around in the premises, and only last going to see the exhibit. All in all, the experience was absolutely worth it. Yet still, we felt the conditions could be brought to life in an even more vivid way. For example, the text descriptions in the reconstructed barracks explained that there'd been up to 2000 prisoners living there, and we found ourselves unable to imagine what it had been like. The quotes and texts on the walls helped a bit, but ultimately, we believe the conditions were so unimaginable that some added visualizations and/or props would be in place. Nevertheless, Dachau is a place worth visiting and experiencing.
  • Five stars in that this place is being preserved for future generations. It was highly educational. Not designed for kids. Very graphical exhibits.
  • i was there with family in october 1982, it was an over i felt kind of sad just thinking about what happened there. i also remember a terrible smell around there. it was a sobering experience indeed,the hardest thing to explain to my 5 yr old son. was when he saw a picture in the museum of a boy and he asked me why this boy was in jail? i told him a man put him there with many people. my son said i don't like him! later in high school,he remembered he saw this place. and told his classmates about it,also showing pictures we'd taken there. it's truly a lesson in history you'll never forget.
  • Hauntingly beautiful memorial. The museum is well put together and is very educational with many first hand accounts. It's an emotional place for sure..