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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  • I'd seen photography and video footage of Dachau, but nothing prepared me for the up-close experience of that awful place. Our guide Keith was wonderful. Knowledgeable and empathetic, he put the...  more »
  • One of the things that especially moved me, was the map showing the density of the camps. When visiting I chose not to stay in Dachau. I decided to drive several miles away to a town between Dachau....  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.
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