Munich is the capital city of Bavaria and Germany’s unofficial southern capital. Located at the river Isar in Southern Bavaria, it is famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival.
Munich was the start of our trip as closest international airport to our planned cycle along the Danube from Passau, Germany. Not knowing the effects of jet lag then I allowed a few days to adjust to the time differences which in hindsight wasn’t needed. It did give time to checkout some beer halls, local food, wander around some shops etc. Also on checking out things to do then Neuschwanstein Castle was added to our itinerary along with Dachau Concentration Camp.
Places of interest
Dachau Concentration Camp
Dachau Nazi concentration camp was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany 1933, intended to hold political prisoners. It is located on the grounds of an abandoned world war 1 munitions factory northeast of the medieval town of Dachau.
It is now a chilling reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust. Hitler ordered the construction of the camp in 1933 and over the following 12 years it became home to over 200,000 prisoners from 34 nations.
As you enter the camp you’ll be struck by the same gate prisoners walked through marked with the German phrase Arbeit Macht Frei, meaning Work Will Set You Free. The old administration building has been turned into a museum highlighting photos and stories of everyday life in the Camp as well as details on the horrors it involved. After spending time exploring the museum you move on to the cramped labor bunkers, gas chambers (which weren’t known to be used), and the crematorium.
Traveling from Munich Munich’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) take the S2 train in the direction of Dachau/Petershausen until you reach the Dachau station. The train ride takes approximately 25 minutes. Once you have arrived at the Dachau train station, take bus 726 towards “Saubachsiedlung” to the entrance of the memorial site (“KZ-Gedenkstätte”).