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Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany

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Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany

Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany was the very first concentration camp for political prisoners

Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany, is the earliest of the Nazi concentration camps, which had set the example of what the concentration camps across Europe would mean. In the initial period, the Dachau Concentration camp was meant for political prisoners from Munich. Later, Hitler ordered the mass murder of Jews in this camp, as well as other concentration camps throughout German-controlled Europe.

The chief divisions of the Dachau Concentration Camp, near Munich, comprises the Concentration memorial site, the Concentration camp cemetery, the memorial site at the Herbertshausen shooting range, the former SS Ground and the plantation herbal garden. The site is presently a World War Museum and is open for public viewing. The ambiance around the camp recreates the dark days of suffering and helpless killings. The number of people killed, or left to die in this notorious camp is innumerable. There were politicians, Jews, and prisoners of war. They lost their lives differently, but violently, through malnutrition, disease, torture, in gas chambers, or were shot.

The Dachau Concentration camp is a must-visit site while touring Europe as the site will give travelers the essential feel of modern European history. After all, World War II had changed the course of human history in almost all European countries.

The museum in the camp plays the documentary of Dachau at several timings. Have a look at the time schedule:

  • German at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
  • English at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm
  • Italian at 10:30 am
  • French at 1:00 pm

The visitors to the site follow the ‘path of the prisoners’, walking just like the prisoners of the camp. The building also has barracks, the crematorium, courtyards, and the prisoner baths. The trip to the memorial site arouses empathy for the victims of the Holocaust.

Dachau Concentration Camp Location Map

Facts about Dachau Concentration Camp

  • It officially became functional from 22nd March 1933, just months after Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany.
  • At the time of the Third Reich, Dachau is believed to have housed 10,000 slave laborers.
  • American troops liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945, releasing its 32,000 survivors.

Where is Dachau Concentration Camp ?

The Dachau Concentration camp is located 10 miles, northwest of Munich, at the base of a deserted ammunition factory. The closest airport, Munich International Airport is at a distance of around 25 kms from the memorial site. You can travel to Dachau by bus, train, subway, taxi or personal car. The S2 train takes 25 minutes to reach Dachau from Munich’s Central Station. Bus 726 takes the visitors to the entrance of the Memorial Site.

Best time  to visit Dachau Concentration Camp

As every season has its own charm in Germany, you so can also plan to visit the camp according to your preference.

Dachau Concentration Camp hours

The camp opens on Tuesdays though Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Dachau Concentration Camp Tickets

Individual entry to the camp is free. Parking is a paid service. Car parking fee is €3,00 per car, while bus parking fee is €5,00.

More about Dachau Concentration Camp

Nearby Attractions : Familienbad Dachau, Dachau Palace and Court Garden and Altstadt Dachau.

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Published On: Thursday, October 24th, 2013