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Gain insight into the Holocaust of World War II on a 5-hour trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site from Munich. Travel by train and bus to the site, and take a guided tour of the compound, a place of memorial and education dedicated to the thousands imprisoned, tortured and killed here between 1933 and 1945. Learn how Dachau provided a model for all Nazi camps, and see the haunting exhibitions and memorials, together with the reconstructed barracks and cells as your guide provides illuminating, informative and sensitive commentary.

Highlights

  • 5-hour small-group Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site tour from Munich
  • Tour the exhibition center and former compound with a professional guide
  • Learn about Dachau's history and the suffering meted out here at the exhibition center
  • See the camp gate and reconstructed barracks, cells, guard houses and other buildings
  • Pay your respects at the international and religious memorials
  • Choose from three morning departures with round-trip travel to Dachau by local train and bus
  • Small-group tour ensures a more intimate and respectful experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The guides do an excellent job of explaining this infamous camp's role in the Holocaust and relating the survivors' stories. It's a sobering experience, but an important one to help ensure we never forget.

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What You Can Expect

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Small Group Tour from Munich

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Small Group Tour from Munich

Just outside the medieval town center of Dachau, a Memorial Site stands on the grounds of the former concentration camp. This was the 'parent' camp. Dachau was the 'Academy of Terror', the originator, role-model and training ground for the vast order of brutality that spread over half of Europe in the wake of the armies of the Third Reich, and which ultimately culminated in history's greatest crime, the Final Solution.

2005 marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of most Nazi concentration camps in the closing months of the Second World War. All over an exhausted Europe, advancing Allied soldiers set free the desperate survivors of camp after camp. The diseased, the starving, the barely alive emerged to tell a shocked and disbelieving world of the full horror of a network of systematized murder and degradation that had first been set in motion in 1933.

While each camp was responsible for its own particular form of barbarism, what distinguished Dachau is that almost everything that happened in the system as a whole happened at some level there. Almost every category of victim passed through its infamous Arbeit macht frei (Freedom through Work) gate, German dissidents, outspoken clergymen, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, Jews, Polish civilians, all in all the citizens of some 34 nations. Today's Memorial Site combines the historical authenticity of the original environment and its many surviving buildings with the function of a modern exhibition center. It is a place of memory, of pilgrimage and of education.

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Customer Reviews

Rachel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Keith was the best tour guide we could have asked for. He was clear, concise, and super knowledgeable. While it was a difficult and heavy place to visit, Keith conducted the tour in a respectful and engaging manner. Transportation to and from the camp was very easy with his guidance. He even recommended other activities in Munich on the way back. I would highly recommend booking this tour. I don't think it would have been the same without Keith's commentary.

Barry J A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Educational, great insight into war history.

Virginia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was fabulous! The tour guide could answer any question thrown at him. It of course was quite sad and made quite an impression on us. Our only problem was that we did not realize how much walking there would be. However we were able to rent a scooter. They do not charge for the rental!!!! I would highly recommend this tour.

Jeannette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very knowledgeable guide, the tour was very interesting but be prepared to be on your feet for several hours - standing and walking. The train to bus transport was a bit difficult with masses of school children pushing their way in, however, our guide did the best he could to get us in as a group. Dachau itself was a bit disappointing. My husband was there 40 years ago and he said that it has been toned down quite a bit, almost made PG-13. Overall, I am glad we went and used VIATOR.

patricia.karakashian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

If I could give five stars to the guide Steve the Brit I would. Well done.... he was a virtual, historical well of knowledge. It was the best of the tours.

Sara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide Nikola was friendly and knowledgable

Ana K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour guide was excellent. His knowledge of history brought the place to life. If you visit without a guide you will not have a full experience. The buildings left standing do not convey the significance of the site. It was only through the narrative tour provided by a very knowledgeable guide that one can fully experience the significance of a visit to Dachau Concentration Camp.

Chingor Cecilia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I normally like to explore on my own, however, since I have a limited amount of time at Munich I wanted to get the most out of it. Not disappointed with the viator / local tour operator half day tour to Dachau. Guide Matt is very knowledgeable about the subject matter and did the tour in an objective and dignified manner. The tour covers train and bus rides so you don't have to worry about logistics to the site, and lots of narration from Matt. Not a lot of building structures are left on site so having a tour guide to fill in the details really helped. Could you do this on your own? Yes, but probably not with as much understanding if you haven't been studying in advance about this subject.

The tour ended at about 2pm for our group back at the Munich main train station, which seemed longer than promised half day? but I am not complaining. If you have onward trains to catch be sure to buy flexible tickets for the day or just buy after you return to the main train station.

Jacqueline M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Kai was our tour guide for this tour, and he was so knowledgeable and passionate about this subject. He took his time and explained everything to us. I felt like I was sitting in on a lecture from a history professor. He certainly made you think and you will come away with a certain knowledge that you didn't have going in. I highly recommend this tour.

JulesPureLife

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Extremely smooth process. So happy that we had a tour and a guide for this experience. Obviously a very emotional and sensitive place to visit, but I am happy we took part in a tour.

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