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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

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From Munich: Small-Group Dachau Memorial Guided Tour

1. From Munich: Small-Group Dachau Memorial Guided Tour

After meeting your guide in Marienplatz, take an S-bahn train to Dachau Bahnhof and then a short bus ride to the memorial site. On the way, learn about the rise of the Nazi Party throughout the 1920s up to Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor in 1933. Hear about the introduction of concentration camps and the role Dachau played as a model for other camps. Start a guided tour of all the areas and buildings open to the public. Visit the SS training facility, the bathhouse, and the main gate with the infamous ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ slogan. See the perimeter fence, several religious memorials, and the bunker, which acted as a prison within the camp. Your guide will explain the methods of torture and punishments used in the camp, and the various medical experiments carried out on prisoners. Hear what daily life was like for prisoners and their guards. Learn about Georg Elser, the man who almost killed Hitler and was executed at Dachau. Visit the former gas chamber and crematorium. Watch a short color film of Dachau in the hours following its liberation, and hear about what happened afterwards. You will then walk back to the visitor center and start the return journey back to Munich.

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From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

2. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

Take a 5-hour tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a place of memory and of education. To visit it can be a challenge, but also a deeply moving and memorable experience. A professional guide, trained and authorized by the Memorial site, will organize all travel arrangements, taking you on the return journey by train and bus from Munich. You will get a comprehensive tour of the entire area, including all the surviving original buildings, the museum exhibition center, and the cinema, which screens an English language documentary film. The guides are trained to convey often difficult and disturbing material to you with sensitivity, with dignity, with respect for the victims, and without recourse to cheap sensationalism.

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Dachau Memorial Site Tour

3. Dachau Memorial Site Tour

On March 22, 1933, the Nazis opened the first state concentration camp at Dachau. Today, the site serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives, and a place of education and reflection.  You will meet your guide at 09:00 AM in front of the tourist information center on Marienplatz in central Munich. Your guide will take care of your travel tickets for you and ride with you on the local train system to the old ninth century town of Dachau, 10 miles north west of Munich. After a short bus ride which very much follows the route that the prisoners would have taken, you will arrive at the site to begin your tour. Your guide will escort you through the site and will be very keen to furnish you with as much factual information as possible delivered in an objective manner. This tour, on a human level, is very thought provoking and your guide will also encourage questions and discussion. By adopting this approach, the hope is that people meditate on their visit and take time to digest their experience of it afterwards. The tour will focus on the plight of the victims, those that died, and also the survivors. Individual prisoners will be mentioned and their first hand experiences explained. However, the perpetrators of the crimes, the SS, will also be examined, to try to understand their complicity and how they could have reconciled themselves with the crimes they committed. Your guide will allocate a period of time for exploration of the excellent museum exhibit, giving guests the opportunity to have a degree of independence for reflection on the site. Upon meeting up you will be accompanied by your guide for the return journey to Munich Marienplatz, with the opportunity to depart at main station if that is more convenient for you.

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Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp Private Trip

4. Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp Private Trip

Experience the past at Dachau Concentration Camp, the first established Nazi concentration camp. Follow your private guide through the camp and hear about the tragic events that took place there. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Munich by your expert guide. Hear about the death camp where countless thousands of Jews and innocent people died from malnutrition, disease, overwork, and execution. Learn about how the slave labor at the camp manufactured weapons and other materials for Germany’s war efforts. Hear the somber details of how some Dachau detainees were subjected to brutal medical experiments by the Nazis. Look around this special place devoted to all the prisoners. Miss nothing as your expert guide will provide detailed commentary on all aspects of camp life. Finally, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Munich.

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Munich and Nazi History Combination Day Tour

5. Munich and Nazi History Combination Day Tour

Come along and join this unique day tour experience starting from famous Marienplatz in central Munich. The tour starts at 09:00 AM with a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, using the excellent Munich transportation system. Dachau is a place of remembrance, reflection, and education, a must visit location during your stay. Spend the whole day with a Dachau memorial licensed guide, who will be passionate about making your experience as factually rich and thought provoking as possible. A thorough tour of the site will be provided but you will also be allocated time to explore the excellent museum exhibit. Questions are welcome, and interaction with your guide encouraged, so as to enhance your experience. Return with your guide to Marienplatz, at which time you will have a short break during which you can get refreshments and something to eat. Your guide will have suggestions for eateries. At 03:00 PM, starting again from Marienplatz, part two of your day commences with a walking tour through beautiful Munich. Locations of relevance to the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler will be exposed, such as the location where Hitler joined the German Workers Party, the location where it was decided to carry out a pogrom against German Jews in November 1938, and where the Munich agreement was signed also in 1938. In addition to the locations pertaining to this specific period, you will see other places of interest such as the oldest parish church in Munich, one of the quaintest beer gardens in the city and the world famous Hofbrauhaus. The tour will finish at Königsplatz where the Nazis used to hold their rallies and the location of the infamous Führerbau and new documentation center of National socialism. At the end of this approximate 8 hour tour you will have the option of being escorted back to Marienplatz by train with your guide or pick up your own itinerary. Your guide will be happy to advise or help you in terms of restaurant suggestions or directions. This tour is a really efficient and easy way for visitors to Munich to get a real inside look at this very significant and dark period in Munich history, a history that is not glaringly obvious to the casual visitor to this magnificent old medievil landmark.

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From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Day Tour

6. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Day Tour

The Dachau concentration camp was the first German concentration camp, opened outside Munich in 1933. Since 1965, the site has been used as a memorial and a place of education. Visit the memorial site on a 5-hour tour from Munich. Your tour guide will explain the significance of the Dachau concentration camp at the time of National Socialism. See the former gas chambers, cells, and barracks.  Visit the exhibition in the Dachau Memorial Museum and see pictures and reports by prisoners describing everyday life in the camp from its beginnings to its liberation by the Allies in 1945.

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From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Full-Day Tour

7. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Full-Day Tour

The Dachau Concentration Camp was the first permanent camp and the only one to exist for the full 12 years of Adolf Hitler's rule. It was opened on 22 March 1933, only 2 months after Hitler’s rise to power, and was liberated on 29 April 1945. On this tour, a highly experienced and Memorial-qualified guide will provide detailed commentary on all aspects of camp life and death for the hundreds of thousands of prisoners that passed through the gates from 1933-1945: • Why the camp was opened and the first prisoners to arrive • The 3 phases of the Camp, and its evolution and development • S.S. Training Facility – the School of Terror • Jourhaus, the entrance building, and gateway into the camp, with its infamous sign Arbeit Macht Frei (work will set you free) • Appellplatz, the roll call square • Memorial Site Museum in the former maintenance building • Registration of new prisoners and their categorization • Torture and punishment, both physical and psychological • The Bunker, the prison within the camp • Bunker Courtyard for both torture and execution • Barracks, prisoner life and daily routine • Camp perimeter fence and guard towers • Barrack X – 2 crematoriums, mass graves, and the gas chamber • The Nandor Glid sculpture and religious memorials Dachau’s importance as a center for education and remembrance makes this a day that is impossible to forget. Your tour includes round-trip travel from Munich by public transportation. After the tour the guide will return with your group to the Marienplatz meeting point, arriving late afternoon.

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From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Tour in Spanish

8. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Tour in Spanish

From Munich, travel to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site by train, accompanied by an official Dachau Memorial Guide. Once arrived, tour the entire memorial site including historical buildings and the main exhibition. The guide will provide you with interesting facts, historical background, and stories of the victims. Roll-call, bunkers, barracks, and the crematorium will be visited. You will also have the opportunity to see the international memorial and other religious memorials in the concentration camp. This is a moving and emotionally touching visit created with sensitivity and respect for the victims.

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What people are saying about Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,681 reviews

Such an interesting place to see. Jeff our tour guide was brilliant and his knowledge of this time period was brilliant. Unfortunately, we weren’t given much time to have a look around the museum however, he did say it would take you years to see everything. It is a very cold place (not helped by snow) however, would dress warm as the tour was mainly outside a part from little visits to inside buildings.

This is a must see when you are in Munich. Our guide, Craig, explained the significance of the site and the memorials dedicated to those who went through Dachau. He was acutely aware of the suffering of the prisoners and helped his audience empathize with the events.

We loved our tour guide! He was sincere, experienced and very knowledgeable. I felt as I was taken decades back and was able to grasp an even deeper understanding of the history of Germany.

Very surreal experience touring the Dachau concentration camp. Really brings things back into reality.

Keith is a great tour guide for Dachau! Thoroughly enjoyed the tour due to his narration of the camp.