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Dachau concentration camp

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Dachau - Nazi concentration camp

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At about 1 hour from Munich you will find the village of Dachau. Surely you know this infamous place due to the first concentration camp located here during the Nazi time. It worked somehow as a precursor for what followed in larger scale – in a terror like scale.

Dachau deserves a visit in order to honor those who perished under such non-human conditions. It serves to remember as well to avoid it in the future.

The Jew synagogue was what impressed me more among the religious shelters there. The exhibition explaining what Dachau was about had horrendous photos. The gas chambers – well go and see it by yourself. [more ]

Eye Opening

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The Dachau Concentration camp is definitely worth a visit if in the Munich area. Probably about an hour by car, it was harder to find than we expected - even with a good Navi-wench in the car. We were also fairly reluctant to ask people directions in our hybrid German-English, as we didn't want to be misunderstood. There is more information than one could possibly absorb, and the numbers of deaths etc are hard to comprehend. For the first time on our trip to Southern Germany we were stuck for words, nothing we wanted to say seemed as though it would do justice to the wasted lives and treatment of these people. I'd heard it was a harrowing experience, but the feeling walking through the buildings and grounds was ... well words again can't describe it ... I'd definitely recommend a visit there though. [more ]

The crematorium

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The crematorium was separated from the prisoners’ camp at the time. However, they already put up a bridge to connect the two places. My fiancé was really shocked when she saw all the ovens and heard a guide explaining everything happened there. She didn’t even want to walk through the room with all the ovens to reach the room where the prisoners were killed by gas. The rooms looked pretty much like normal rooms but the feelings that many people were killed here really made us frustrated with the whole system at the time. Not that I hate the German when I write this but I do think it was not right at all what they did during the Hitler time. One thing I like about this place is that there is no entrance fee, which means that the government is trying their best to give everyone a chance to learn more about the history and all that. [more ]

A beautiful but very sad scenery

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It is true, the scenery was really beautiful at the time we were there but definitely not enjoyable. I was to this concentration camp before with some of my friends, but the feelings were like the very first time after all. In the surrounding area, we saw a lot of different sculptures about all the prisoners at the time. There is also a building, where they use as a museum displaying all photos about the victims. There are also many videos and pictures about all those crazy experiments about human body. It is really disgusting about what those people did to all the Jewish people during that time. We really did like the structures of all the videos. You can watch these videos in different languages. [more ]

Arriving at the Concentration Camp

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It is not that we had never heard of this concentration camp before, it was just that we were absolutely surprised and totally shocked about the feelings that we had when we first arrived there. It felt as if we were really there at the time the event took place. The gate looked pretty much really scary and was closed at the time we came there. However, there are some people that work there; they always open the door for us. On the entrance gate, there was also a sign saying “Arbeit macht frei”, which means working makes freedom. I personally never think that was true at the time. I mean all the prisoners had been working really hard, they were all treated like shit and killed every day if the German soldiers felt like it. [more ]

At the train station Dachau

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We got some problem with the map somehow when we arrived to Dachau train station. We didn’t know which bus to take and Germany was to us kind of famous about their unfriendliness and unhelpfulness in services. We didn’t really want to ask any of them and thought of just taking a taxi to get there, which would of course cost extra money for the trip and my fiancé was definitely against it. So she went and asked for help from a friendly-looking lady. She did willingly told us which bus line to take from there and she also told us that tourists always thought of taking a taxi from the train station when they could easily reach the concentration camp within minutes with the bus. It would definitely help if you can speak just a bit of German, enough to get necessary information from the locals. [more ]

Getting to Concentration Camp Dachau

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According to the map and all the information that the people at the information point gave us, we took the S2 from Munich Central Station in the direction of Petershausen. If any of you are wondering about the price of the ticket, don’t be worried. You can get a so-called Bayern Ticket for 5 people for 30 euros and go wherever you want to go throughout the Bavaria state in one day. Don’t forget that the ticket would be available from 9AM till 3AM on the next day. The ticket is available in all the D-Bahn system, which means you can travel with the normal / slow train (they also call it Regional Bahn), S-bahn and in many bus lines within the state Bavaria . [more ]

Coming up with the idea

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That was in March, when the whole south part of Germany was covered by white snow. We had that crazy idea of going somewhere that we had never been to before. My fiancé asked her cousin and one of her cousin’s girl friend to come with us. We actually wanted to go to the zoo or a so called Wildpark in Munich, but then thinking of the idea of all the animals would be in their own cages and staying away from the cold weather made us go to an information point at the central station in Munich and ask if any museum or something like that would be open on a Sunday morning. They told us about Deutches Museum , National Museum , or if we wanted we could have gone to the Teddy Museum . We were anyway not interested in those museums because all of us had been to those museums already. We wanted to check out something new. They gave us a map and the address of the concentration camp, which we could reach by train or S-Bahn in just 45 minutes. [more ]

Dachau Concentration Camp

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It felt awkward to ask someone how to get to the memorial site of the Dachau concentration camp. Thankfully, there was a posted sign showing where to get on the bus. Buses leave fairly regularly from the town center. It doesn't take very long to get to the memorial site.

Don't bring large bags; you will not be let in and they have nowhere to put them. We lucked out since there were only two of us and we must have looked pathetic with our packs. You can get an audio tour headset, though the exhibits are well-signed and in a number of languages.

It is a site unlike any other place I've been. It's a solemn place to contemplate the horrors that occurred there. You can tour the main building where special prisoners were kept and medical experiments were done. There were replica bunks where the majority of the prisoners lived. You can also see the crematorium and the tragically ironic sign over the entrance that states "Arbeit Mach Frei" - Work Will Make You Free. It is sobering and sad, but it makes you think.

There is a large memorial of what looks to be barbed wire that says Never Again. I think that statement sums up the sites purpose.

Entrance is free though there is a nominal charge for the headsets. No food or drinks are allowed in the site. It is a place that you will remember and something that should be remembered. While not the "fun" attraction of our trip, it was one of the most memorable. [more ]

Concentration camp in Dachau

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When traveling to Munich make sure to check out the former concentration camp called Dachau. This memorial will give you a vivid description of what the prisoners had to face during world war two. Make sure you are ready to learn when you go there because there is a lot of information to soak up. The Dachau tour is very informative and also very sad and angering. Surely, whether you are a German or not, you must have heard about the atrocities that Hitler committed during world war two, and what better way to first handedly learn about these personal accounts of the prisoners than to actually go to a real concentration camp memorial like Dachau. If you are a history buff, make sure to check out Dachau to add to your wealth of knowledge. [more ]

Dachau concentration camp

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Well, this is definitely an interesting place to see, as Dachau was the first concentration camp built in the second World War. More than 30.000 people died or were killed here. You get to see the gas chambers, but apparently these were never used. The barracks are not to be seen anymore, except for one that has been rebuilt for display. I think this is a good experience and a good opportunity to learn more about that part of history and to understand pretty much how all the system functioned. The entrance is free. You can get there by bus or S-Bahn. I truly recommend the visit. [more ]

Dachau Camps

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I went here in 2006 and found it to be one of the saddest stops on my journey through Germany. At the beginning gates you will see the slogan, work sets you free. This is imprinted right into the main gate entrance. These haunting words can be found at many of the German camps.

I found that a lot of things were missing. When I first entered it seemed like all the bunkers were already gone, but fortunately they still have a few left that you can go inside to see how the prisoners here lived. The outline of where the buildings used to be still remains so you can see just how many prisoner barracks there were at one point.

One thing I liked about this museum is that it is so informative. With all of the information in the Museum, you could spend half the day just in there.

Go farther into the camp from the bunkers and indoor museum, you'll get to see the chilling place where many jews were killed in a gas chamber only then to be later burned in a large oven. There is a memorial close by where all the ashes have been buried of all the poor victims.

I was really moved by this place and it gave me a good insite into the reality of what happened in Germany. [more ]


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