We left Zürich reasonably early this morning in our rental car for Dachau in the southern German state of Bavaria. Dachau is now probably best known for the Concentration Camp setup in 1933 by Hitlers National Socialist (Nazi) goverment to intern political prisoners. While I've been to Terezin several years ago, I've never been to Dachau or another concentration camp which it's reputation.
Dachau was the first concentration camp built by the Nazis in 1933 and provided a template for all subsequent concentration camps built through German conquered territories. The camp was intended for political prisoners and over its 12 years of existance 200,000 people were incacerated in Dachau and the various sub-camps. 43,000 died. On 29th April, 1945 US troops liberated the camp. The prisoner camp became a memorial in 1965.
The history of the concentration camp at Dachau is well documented and debated over the years and I'm not sure I want to dwell on it here. To walk through the Camp is a horrific experience of remembrance. At the end of the main sections where the barracks once stood memorials now honour the dead and include a moving memorial to Poles, a Catholic chapel, a Protestant Church and a Jewish memorial. The gas chambers and furnaces at the far end of the camp from the main entrance really bring home what happened here.
As we hadn't reserved a hotel this evening, hoping to play it by ear, we popped into the The Harp pub in central Dachau Village and assessed the options. A phonecall later and we had a reservation at the Hotel Bavaria (Rudolf-Diesel Straβe 16, Dachau) back in the direction of the Camp. The Hotel Bavaria is appropriately priced, facilities are clean and functional and good-value at the price. The Ristorante La Sila downstairs does a decent line of pizzas.
Dachau - Schloss Dachau - Historical notes on Schloss Dachau near Münich, Germany
Munich - cuppola of the Theatine Church - Interior of the Baroque cuppola of the Theatine Church in central Munich
Munich - Theatine Church interior - Detail of the Baroque interior of the Theatine Church in central Munich
Munich - Staatskanzlei - Detail of the exterior of the Staatskanzlei in Munich
Munich - Frauenkirche - The Frauenkirche in Munich seen from the tower of the Rathaus
Glonn - grotto near the Bavarian village of Glonn - Grotto on the hill near Glonn in the Bavarian countryside
Day in Füssen - Travelogue from a weekend trip to Dachau, near Münich in Bavaria
Ulm - a day trip - Notes from a day trip to Ulm in the German state of Baden-Wüttermburg
Austria - recommended places to stay - Recommended hotels in Vienna, Salzburg and Bregenz
Salzburg / Bregenz - accomodation summary - Comments on our hotels during a trip to Bregenz and Salzburg
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