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Full day Guided Dachau Concentration Camp Tour with Memorial
The Dachau Concentration Camp was the first permanent camp built by the Nazi Party of Germany. It opened on March 22nd 1933, only 2 months after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and liberated on April 29th 1945.
Dachau was the only Concentration Camp to have existed for the full 12 years of Hitler’s dictatorship. In the minds of the Nazis, especially Heinrich Himmler, it was by far the most important camp within their system and became the model for all others that followed.
“Dachau - the significance of this name will never be erased from German history. It stands for all concentration camps which the Nazis established in their territory.”
- Eugen Kogon
The site is one of the most well preserved former camps left in Europe today. Our highly experienced guides discuss all aspects of camp life and death for the hundreds of thousands of prisoners that passed through the gates between 1933 and 1945.
During this 4 hour sightseeing tour (4 hours on site, 6 hours including transportation) with our fully Dachau Memorial Qualified guide you will explore:
• Why the camp opened, and the first prisoners to arrive
• The 3 phases of the Camp, its evolution and development
• S.S. Training Facility
• Jourhaus - the entrance building and gateway into the camp, with its now infamous words “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 catagorisation
• 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 - the two Crematoriums, mass graves, and the Gas Chamber
• The International Memorial, (Nandor Glid Sculpture) and Religious Memorials
Although the camp was liberated 70 years ago, the history we can learn from Dachau is very relevant to the world around us today.
Visiting a former Nazi Concentration Camp is one of the most important things to do on a trip around Europe, and by far the most important thing to do in Munich. Dachau’s accessibility and importance as a centre for education and reconciliation makes it a day that is impossible to forget for a very long time.
The tour begins at 10:40am, however we recommend arriving at 10:30am on the Marienplatz, Munich's city center square to check in.
As a reference point, look for the small souvenir kiosk close to the western end of the square, by the intersecting streets Kaufingerstrasse and Rosenstrasse and the shop wormland.
The guides will be wearing **BLUE** and holding large signs saying **"Dachau Tour"**.
Things to bring
- comfy shoes
- student reduction with I.D. Please bring and show a valid student card (any international school or university) to receive a reduction
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
Please bear in mind that this is a full day tour and the estimated return to Munich is 16:45 but depending on the group this can stretch to 17:15. We always suggest bringing a small snack and a drink. Once arriving at the Dachau Memorial Site there is a short amount of time allocated to use the restrooms and eat before the tour of the site begins.
Please be aware that this tour is run in all weather conditions and 30% of the tour is conducted outdoors. We suggest you dress weather appropriate and also keep in mind Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site is not just a museum, there are also mass graves on site and we must treat the area like a cemetery style environment.
**This means absolutely No Eating (unless for medical reasons) or Smoking including e-cigarettes once tours have begun on the site.**
The Dachau Memorial has no specific information designed for children and our tour is catered specifically for adults. We no longer accept children aged 9 or below on our Dachau Tours, but children from 10 to 14 are welcome on the basis that the parents attend the tour with the child and that they understand the graphic nature of the tour content.