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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

5 out of 5 stars (5 reviews)


Just 65 years ago, in the spring and summer of 1945, as Allied armies advanced through Nazi-occupied Europe to bring the reign of terror of the Third Reich to an end, the world learned of the liberation of dozens of concentration camps.

All over an exhausted Europe, victorious Allied soldiers set free the desperate survivors of camp after camp. The diseased, the starving, the barely alive emerged to tell a shocked and disbelieving world of the full horror of a network of systematised murder, torture, degradation and exploitation that had first been conceived and set in motion 12 years earlier in 1933 in a sleepy little town about 18 km north of Munich.

Of the many picturesque towns and villages that lie on the outskirts of Munich, one of the prettiest is the old medieval town of Dachau. Just outside the town centre can today be found enduring testimony to the evil that was born among the rustic charm, where a major international Memorial Site stands on the grounds of the former concentration camp.

This was the "parent" KZ ("Konzentrationslager"). KZ Dachau was the "Academy of Terror", the originator, role-model and training ground for the vast order of brutality that spread over half of Europe in the wake of the armies of the Third Reich, and which ultimately culminated in one of history’s greatest crimes: the Final Solution.

While each camp was responsible for its own particular form of barbarism, what distinguished Dachau is that almost everything that happened in the system as a whole happened at some level there. There, human medical experiments were conducted. To there, Soviet prisoners were sent to be mown down in mass executions. From there, Jewish prisoners were transported to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Almost every category of victim passed through its infamous Arbeit macht frei ("Freedom through Work") gate: German dissidents, "anti-socials", people who simply did not "fit in", Sinti and Roma "gypsy" peoples, outspoken clergymen, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, Jews, Polish civilians - all in all the citizens of some 34 nations.

Today's Memorial Site combines the historical authenticity of the original environment and its many surviving buildings with the function of a modern exhibition centre. It is a place of memory, of pilgrimage and of education. To visit it can be a challenging but also a deeply moving and memorable experience.


You'll be provided with a professional guide trained and authorised by the Memorial Site. Your guide will organise all travel arrangements, bring you there by train and bus and back again, and give you a complete and comprehensive tour of the entire area - the surviving original buildings, the museum exhibition centre, the cinema which screens an English language documentary film.

The guides have detailed knowledge of the history and character of the concentration camp, of the stories of the victims and the unendurable oppression they were subjected to by the servants of a twisted ideology. They are trained to convey this often difficult and disturbing material to you with sensitivity, with dignity, with respect for the victims, and without recourse to cheap sensationalism.



Radius Tours Office, in Munich Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof), just across from platforms 32-34

The times given are departure times. Please be here approx 15-30 min prior to the given departure time.


Things to bring

- Printed voucher

- Lunch

- Students must indentify themselves with their ID.


• Admission fees

• Guided tour (licenced guide) through the former Concentration Camp Memorial Site and former SS-Shooting Range

• Roundtrip transport between Munich, Dachau and Hebertshausen via air-conditioned coach

• Information and accompaniment from a licensed and qualified guide


Cancellations more then a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date : 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

For reservations less than 48 hours in advance please contact us by email or phone.

Duration: approx. 5 hours

Departure Location:

Near Munich Central Train Station 

The times given are departure times. Please be here approx 15-30 min prior to the given departure time.


- Students must indentify themselves with their ID.


Visitors are asked to respect the dignity of the site by wearing appropriate attire. 

Minimum walking distance: 3 km / approx. 2 miles on historic grounds 

Minimum age: 14 

Possibility to purchase drinks on board of the bus and at the cafeteria on the site. 


Please note :

The times given are departure times. Please be here approx 15-30 mins prior to the given departure time

The majority of this tour takes place out of doors in an open and exposed environment. We advise you to bring weather-appropriate clothing.

Once the tour commences, there is little opportunity to purchase food or drink.  We advise you to bring refreshments with you.

As with all of the tours, guides are happy to accept tips if you wish to show your appreciation in this way - but please do not do so within the grounds of the Memorial Site.


" Dachau Tour "
4 out of 5 stars
A sad but necessary tour and lesson in history! our tour guide was very passionate about the history.
" Sobering reminder "
5 out of 5 stars
Our visit to Dachau was the culmination of our week-long tour of sites. It is such a sobering reminder of what can happen and still happens in our world. I cried, my guts were tied in a knot, but don't we all need to experience these memorial sites so we all help ensure..never again.
" Everything as promised "
5 out of 5 stars
It was very important for our family to visit a memorial during our trip to Germany over Thanksgiving. The tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate about this history. His timing was excellent as was his ability to condense the information in a succinct and relevant manner. I appreciated the time outside very much. But i would hsve liked to have had a bit more time in tje museum. But we did purchase the book and will augment our experience with that. Overall excellent and profound for us, including our 16 and 22 year old daughters. Finding you online from the US was a gift and it lived up to the website. Thank you!
" Great tour! "
4 out of 5 stars
Mat was a great guide, very knowledgeable, energetic and entertaining. He was very helpful to the group! Highly recommended!
" Interesting tour and great guide "
5 out of 5 stars
We loved our tour of Dachau. Keith was a fantastic guide - he knew so much detail and was able to answer any question we had. He also looked after us really well on the trip on the train and bus. Highly recommended.