Take a private tour of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, the first Nazi concentration camp, on a half-day trip from Munich. Led by a certified private guide, the tour covers sites like the camp’s original administration headquarters and the ‘Arbeit macht frei’ gateway. You will not only learn about the history of the camp but also how the victims are remembered today. You'll hear stories about Dachau’s former prisoners and, as the commentary can be tailored to suit you, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the aspects of Dachau that interest you most. The guide will meet you at your centrally located Munich hotel and you will poceed by train to Dachau. All transport costs are covered in the tour price. Please note: children age 13 and under are not allowed to participate in tours of Dachau.
Meet your guide at Munich Central Station or your centrally located Munich hotel, then take a train to Dachau where a bus will then transport you to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
During the Third Reich, Dachau was referred to as the ‘parent camp,’ serving as a training ground for the genocide to follow. A staggering range of persecuted people were sent to Dachau — including communists, German dissidents, gay men, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jewish people and Polish citizens — upward of 200,000 people were imprisoned here.
Today the camp stands as a memorial site with many of its original features serving as reminders of a time in history that should never be forgotten. Explore the site with your guide, and see the gatehouse with its
Arbeit macht frei (Work makes you free)
gateway, bunker and the crematorium. You can also visit the administration headquarters and see the rail platform where prisoners once arrived.
As you walk around, listen to your guide give the background on each site, learning about victims and perpetrators whose names were linked to the camp. Heinrich Himmler helped set up Dachau, and used it as a place to train the SS ("black shirts") guards.
If there is something you would like to know more about, simply let your guide know. After exploring the camp, take some free time to browse the museum if you like, and then return by train to Munich Central Station.