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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. 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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  • After visiting the house to which Anne Frank had to hide to survive the Nazi tourment, my trip to Munich to visit the first ever concentration camp was just as powerful. The energy of being on that... 
    After visiting the house to which Anne Frank had to hide to survive the Nazi tourment, my trip to Munich to visit the first ever concentration camp was just as powerful. The energy of being on that...  more »
  • Harrowing insight into the fine line we are treading as humans and what we are capable of doing to each other. I would highly recommend paying the tiny sum of €4 for a guided tour, the knowledge and.....  more
    Harrowing insight into the fine line we are treading as humans and what we are capable of doing to each other. I would highly recommend paying the tiny sum of €4 for a guided tour, the knowledge and.....  more »
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  • Arrive early and sign up for tour at the visitor center. Entry to memorial is free but tour was about 11 euros per person. The limited group size English led tour is at 11 am and takes about 2 hours. There is a lot of information in the museum and take the extra time (since you arrived early) to go through the material on your own (tour will not spend time with exhibits). Dress appropriately for walking and the weather. There is a small cafeteria in the visitor center.
  • Great Experience - I don't really recommend getting the audio (€4.50). Just something else to keep up with. It's just as easy to read the posters all around. Will you do one person working the line? The line was out the door. One person working the line to return the speakers while one person was standing in the information booth. Not doing anything., And wouldn't assist. Other than that small snafu - Great place to reflect on our past and try to remember not to repeat history.

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