MUNICH — Dachau

When you think about Dachau most people immediately associate it with the concentration camp and this is probably why most people visit this area but in the town of Dachau there is a very pretty area in the old town with its historic buildings, palace and gardens. It was and still is an area for artists.

You can get to Dachau by train from Munich and information about this is on the following website:
http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/home/mvv_network/meansoftransportation/index.html

The sights found here are:
Schloss Dachau
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial

Schloss Dachau

Schloss Dachau
The palace was originally an early medieval castle belonging to the Counts of Dachau but was transformed into a summer palace for Duke Wilhelm IV and his son Duke Albrecht V. Over time the building fell into disrepair and only one of the original four wings has survived. Inside is the wonderful festival hall which is used for classical concerts and it has the most magnificent wooden Renaissance ceiling. Behind the palace is the hofgarten where you will find an orchard, a rose garden and lots of paths to wander around.
For more information on the palace visit the following website:
http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/objects/dachau.htm

Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
This was the first concentration camp to be built by the Nazis. It was built in 1933 to house political prisoners and during its time of operation more than 200,000 inmates were kept here. The Memorial Site you see today on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 by surviving prisoners with the financial support of the Bavarian state government. Your first stop will be the building housing the Documentary Exhibit which can be quite confronting and not really suitable for children under 12. Behind this building is a recreation of a single barrack block where prisoners were kept in horrifying conditions — it isn’t hard to imagine what their lives must have been like.
For more information on the memorial visit the website at:
http://www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de/index-e.html

Traveller's Tip

A guided tour of the site is really worthwhile but if you don’t want to join a guided tour you can do it on your own using an audio guide. Information about both of these tours can be found on the website.