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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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  • Is the snow but our visit was from shudder! Very detailed and interesting Museum. I took an audio guide. Very useful!
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  • upon entering you can feel he dismal air and aura of the place and what it should never stand for and the atrocities that were committed here. be prepared for a shock 
  • A place that you can't help but know if you are in the area. There's no way to assess closely as it was a concentration camp and what happened when he was there. For the sensitive energy is still quite heavy, but harmony and peace as if all the spaces were being cleaned of evil that happened there. There's too much of the story of what happened in the fields to be read there and meet live what was going on there. Not to be missed.
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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..