Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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TravellerDWM
London, UK507 contributions
Aug 2020
Very interesting experience. You do not need to pay for a tour. Reach Dachau by public transport and you can join f or a small fee a walking tour at the site with a qualified guide. Allow extra time for museum where there may be a queue due to social distancing Lots of barracks are no longer there but there are plenty of monuments there and you also enter the crematorium
Written September 30, 2020
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RedDogUK
Scotland127 contributions
Feb 2020
Dachau is easy to get to from Munich. About 20 minutes on the light railway will bring you to the district of Dachau (how strange to see that name on maps and timetables). From there a well signposted and frequent bus will take you to the former camp itself. That may sound like a bit of a fag, but the transport is really quite easy, well sign posted, prompt, reliable and modern.

Dachau itself is free but the addition of an audio-guide added a lot to my understanding and cost just 3 Euros. Something I would recommend. From there it is a short walk through the gates themselves to a large well displayed museum in some of the camp buildings which guides the visitor through the history of the site.

The rest of the site is a vast courtyard where the barracks once stood. At the far end of which lies a few memorials and the crematoria.

Everyone will bring their own perspective - and right they should. Some, like me, will walk quietly turned in on themselves. Others will talk loudly. Younger people may run and play noisily. I found it all a bit overwhelming and the sounds of young happy life was a welcome intrusion.

When I had completed my tour, I returned my audio guide to the visitor centre and went for a cup of tea in the cafe. The staff were brilliant, friendly and patient with my apparent inability to operate a tea-machine.

"Thou wilt not leave us in the dust:
Thou madest man, he knows not why,
He thinks he was not made to die;
And thou hast made him: thou art just." (Tennyson)
Written March 2, 2020
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exploringwithjune
The Netherlands331 contributions
Jul 2020
In the past I've visited multiple concentration camps and would say that I have my fair share of knowledge on this time period, as I am very interested in history. That being said, I found the museum at Dachau extremely informative.

We were there on a Monday (I think) so the information center and the bookshop weren't open. Also, there was no tour that day so parts of the grounds were off limits. Therefore we only visited the museum and walked around the former camp grounds. Here were we able to see the gatehouse, some barracks from the outside, a memorial and the fences around the perimeter. Lastly, there is an old monastery at the back of the lot.

Although not all buildings are intact, you'll get a really good idea of what it might have looked and felt like. All places of interest had an informative sign and some pictures from various stages of the camp.

We walked around for 2-3 hours and spend most of our time at the museum. They have a really good mixture of signs with (a ton of) information, objects, pictures and even some videos. It is really large and you'll learn loads about the camp. Also the exhibition gives you an overview of the war and nazi activities. There is so much to see and learn that you might even want to visit twice, so you can really take your time.

My partner, who knows less about history, learned some really eye opening things. I also found the exhibition really helpful with connecting parts of history and really putting little pieces of information I had together. We had some great discussions afterwards and are both of the opinion that everyone should visit this, or a comparable, camp at least once in their lives.

Entry was free, and I think a tour costs around 3-4 euros. Parking was a couple of euros too. All in all, you'll spend less than 10 euros a person. This is definitely isn't a lot if you keep in mind how well maintained everything was. Also, I think the price is good because it makes it accessible for most people.

I hope everyone will visit this or another camp so we can all remember the horrors of the war and commemorate the victims. In my opinion it was truly a humbling experience.
Written January 5, 2021
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H K
20 contributions
Feb 2020
My partner and I arrived just before 11am, intending to be there for a couple of hours at most. We ended up doing the English guided tour at 11, which lasted until 2pm, then stayed afterwards until 4:45pm! The museum is incredibly informative and you could definitely visit and go around the site by yourself, but I highly recommend the tour if you have time - it is so detailed and emotional, and our guide Verena told us some personal stories of the interactions she has had with survivors, which gave a really powerful context to her information.
Some of the images and information in the museum are very graphic, but absolutely necessary to understand the horrors of the camp and reinforce the crucial message that it must never happen again.
Definitely visit Dachau memorial site - it is an easy trip to make from Munich with a powerful message!
Written February 17, 2020
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Woodrow21
Texas11 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
This was a very emotional experience. It was freezing cold & began snowing on our visit which added a degree of perspective that can only be acquired by visiting in person. Our tour guide Ahim (my apologies for any misspelling) was very knowledgeable and handled a difficult topic with professionalism and honest transparency. Would recommend this tour to all.
Written December 21, 2021
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673sheric
Hopkinton, MA275 contributions
Jun 2019
My husband and I visited during a recent trip to Bavaria. Although we wept throughout a good portion of our half day visit, we were so glad to have put this amazing museum on our itinerary. We must never forget the horrors that resulted at the hands of the Nazis, and we should continue to celebrate the brave, hopeful, affected souls who were touched by this evil. The museum's displays and tours are done respectfully and comprehensively - amazing education for people of all ages, backgrounds, etc.
Written January 21, 2020
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DMR501
Barnsley, UK21 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited as we have a strong interest in history as a family.

We took the train from Munich to Dachau. Here it took us a little while to work out to catch a bus to the camp itself which is about 1.5 miles from the train station. We did have a stroll about the main town first.
We used the same train / bus ticket throughout to travel this area ( you but just one ticket for a particular zone). This was easy via a ticket office at the train station and cheap.
Dachau - we chose to look around ourselves and did not use a guide. It is free but you purchase an audio guide if you so wish.We found it easy to navigate with lots of information boards about the describe the area.

Well set out, the inside information area is very well done. Spread out, so much information about the different aspects of this important historical place.

Very sombre visit, much thought provoking and at times quite emotional seeing/ reading the numerous accounts of what happened here.
Written April 15, 2022
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martin m
11 contributions
Mar 2021
They say that no birds sing in this place and it is always cold. I found this to be true at least during my visit, this is a must see site if we are to understand the depths to which mankind is capable of stooping to. The horror of what happened here is outrageous but the bravery of the prisoners is unbelievable. Everyone should see this site
Written February 21, 2022
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sou301
Goodyear, AZ142 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
Easy to take the bus from Dachau train station, which is on the Munich underground network. €3.50 for a 2 and a 1/2 hour guided tour in English with Stefania.

She explained many things about the scale of the concentration camps around Europe and answered difficult questions with tact.

The building showing the living quarters was closed because of Covid – but it was easy to look through the windows and get an idea. Crematorium area and churches are open.

The museum is free to walk around and I spent about half an hour here after the tour had finished. It is a must visit site if you have time on your visit to Munich.
Written October 8, 2021
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tjtarrega
Florida Keys, FL111 contributions
Jan 2020
I have to start by saying that visiting Dachau is a profoundly disturbing and emotionally overwhelming experience. Which is why it is so important to go there.

There is an optional self-guided audio tour available which gives background and detail, I recommend it.

The Site contains the former Maintenance Building (now a Museum), two reconstructed prisoners' barracks and markers of where the other 30 barracks were, border watchtowers, fences and ditches, the roll call area, and the crematorium. The crematorium in particular is sickening. For that reason, it is also solemn, almost sacred with the memory of the lives that were so viciously and pointlessly taken there.

The site is easily reached from Munich. Allow 45 minutes travel each way (including waiting time), and one to two hours at the site.
Written February 1, 2020
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