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From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

1. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

Take a 5-hour tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a place of memory and of education. To visit it can be a challenge, but also a deeply moving and memorable experience. A professional guide, trained and authorized by the Memorial site, will organize all travel arrangements, taking you on the return journey by train and bus from Munich. You will get a comprehensive tour of the entire area, including all the surviving original buildings, the museum exhibition center, and the cinema, which screens an English language documentary film. The guides are trained to convey often difficult and disturbing material to you with sensitivity, with dignity, with respect for the victims, and without recourse to cheap sensationalism.

From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Full-Day Tour

2. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Full-Day Tour

Learn the history of Dachau Concentration Camp on a guided tour from Munich. Learn about its significance as the first permanent concentration camp of the Nazi regime, which lasted for the full 12 years of its rule. Meet your guide in Munich and travel by public transportation to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. During the tour, your guide will provide detailed commentary on all aspects of camp life and death for the prisoners that passed through the gates from 1933 to 1945. Find out why the camp was opened and the first prisoners to arrive. Learn about the 3 phases of the Camp, plus its evolution and development. Hear about the daily operations of the camp from registration to new prisoners to their trials in torture and punishment. See important sites such as the S.S. Training Facility - also known as the School of Terror, Jourhaus, the entrance building, and gateway into the camp, with its infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign, Appellplatz, the Bunker, Barrack X, and more. After your tour the guide will return with your group to the Marienplatz meeting point, arriving in the late afternoon.

Munich: Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

3. Munich: Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

Take a 2-hour walking tour of Munich to discover one of the darkest moments in the city’s history, learning of the birth of Nazism, the rise of Hitler, and the infamous Third Reich. In 1919, Germany was emerging from World War I as a defeated and humiliated nation, with Munich in the grips of hyperinflation and Bavaria dominated by revolution and assassination. Out of this fertile soil of chaos rose the Nazi movement, and one of history’s most powerful dictators, Adolf Hitler. Follow the inception of Nazism, from the first mass meeting at the Hofbräuhaus to the failed attempt to seize power at the Feldherrnhalle. You will go to the site of party rallies at Königsplatz, and stop in the Hofgarten to talk about The White Rose Resistance Movement. The tour covers all the important facts and sites that played a role in the origin of this dark chapter, which ended with the beautiful city of Munich in ruins and the second world war cutting deep wounds across Deutschland.

From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Day Tour

4. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Day Tour

Discover the story of the Dachau concentration camp on this guided tour from Munich. Ride on a public train and enjoy views of the countryside along the way. Step back in time as your guide paints a picture of the past as you explore the memorial site. The Dachau concentration camp was the first German concentration camp, opened outside Munich in 1933. Since 1965, the site has been used as a memorial and a place of education. Visit the memorial site on a 5-hour tour from Munich. Your tour guide will explain the significance of the Dachau concentration camp at the time of National Socialism. See the former gas chambers, cells, and barracks.  Visit the exhibition in the Dachau Memorial Museum and see pictures and reports by prisoners describing everyday life in the camp from its beginnings to its liberation by the Allies in 1945.

From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Tour in Spanish

5. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Tour in Spanish

From Munich, travel to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site by train, accompanied by an official Dachau Memorial Guide. Once arrived, tour the entire memorial site including historical buildings and the main exhibition. The guide will provide you with interesting facts, historical background, and stories of the victims. Roll-call, bunkers, barracks, and the crematorium will be visited. You will also have the opportunity to see the international memorial and other religious memorials in the concentration camp. This is a moving and emotionally touching visit created with sensitivity and respect for the victims.

Munich: Birthplace of the Third Reich Guided Walking Tour

6. Munich: Birthplace of the Third Reich Guided Walking Tour

In the not-so-distant past, Munich bore the official title, “Hauptstadt der Bewegung” - Capital of the Nazi Movement. This was the city that the Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower called “the cradle of the Nazi beast.” Unknown to the casual tourist, many of Munich's buildings carry the mysteries of a dark past, and this 2.5-hour walking tour will uncover those secrets. You will learn how Munich became the birthplace of the Nazi Party and the stage upon which some of the Nazis' most notorious crimes were launched, from Hitler's failed putsch to the horrific Kristallnacht - the largest anti-Semitic pogrom seen in western Europe for centuries, and a dismal milestone on the road to the Holocaust. You will visit the beer-halls that hosted the first small gatherings of the fanatics who one day would lead the Third Reich, and the places where Hitler made his first major speeches. Walk through the streets where Hitler and his Brownshirts fought their way to power, and learn just how they did it. You will go to the official Nazi Headquarters from where Hitler bullied the world, and see buildings that bear the scars of the Second World War. The irony is that while much of central Munich was devastated by Allied bombing, many Nazi buildings survived and still stand today. And standing alongside them are memorials to the city's many victims of Nazism, including those who sacrificed their lives in opposing its hateful ideology.

From Munich: Small Group Tour by Van with 8 person

7. From Munich: Small Group Tour by Van with 8 person

Take a full-day tour from Munich to Hitler’s mountain retreat, located in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. Presented to him in 1939 as a 50th birthday present, the mountain chalet took 13 months to complete and includes an elevator bored through a tunnel in the rocks to reach the entrance. You will depart from Munich and drive along some of the most scenic roads in the German Alps. On arrival, a special bus will take you up to the Eagle´s Nest entrance area, where you will ride the elevator to the mountain peak, and into Eagle´s Nest itself. Look at beautiful views over the Alps, with free time on your own to explore. The lower rooms can be visited with an English-speaking guide, and offer views of the building's past through plate-glass windows. Graffiti left by Allied troops is clearly visible in the surrounding woodwork. A large fireplace in the restaurant shows severe damage along its lower edges, where soldiers have smashed off small shards of marble as souvenirs. Hitler's small study is now used as a store room for the cafeteria. After the tour, you will get more free time to go to the NS-Documentation-Center in Berchtesgaden, before the drive back to Munich.

From Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp Private Trip

8. From Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp Private Trip

Experience the past at Dachau Concentration Camp, the first established Nazi concentration camp. Follow your private guide through the camp and hear about the tragic events that took place there. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Munich by your expert guide. Hear about the death camp where countless thousands of Jews and innocent people died from malnutrition, disease, overwork, and execution. Learn about how the slave labor at the camp manufactured weapons and other materials for Germany’s war efforts. Hear the somber details of how some Dachau detainees were subjected to brutal medical experiments by the Nazis. Look around this special place devoted to all the prisoners. Miss nothing as your expert guide will provide detailed commentary on all aspects of camp life. Finally, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Munich.

Munich: Third Reich and World War II Private Guided Tour

9. Munich: Third Reich and World War II Private Guided Tour

Join a private tour to discover Munich's darkest secret: the origin of the Nazi Party. Explore the tragic history of the Third Reich, from Hitler’s rise to power to the bombing and liberation of Munich. Ask difficult questions about the role of the city in the rise and fall of National Socialism. Begin your tour in the heart of Munich's Old Town, at Marienplatz, where many Nazi propaganda events were held. See the reconstructed New Town Hall and hear the story of how Munich became the capital of the National Socialist movement. Come across the famous beer hall, Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, where Adolf Hitler made a speech founding the National Socialist German Workers' Party in 1920. Follow the route of the infamous Beer Hall Putsch to Feldherrnhalle and Odeonsplatz. Learn about the Nazi’s attempt to storm the Bavarian Defense Ministry, which inspired Hitler to write his infamous semi-autobiographical political manifesto 'Mein Kampf'. Learn about the resistance against the Nazi regime in the city, such as the White Rose Group led by five university students. Gaze at the Monument to the Victims of National Socialism and the former office buildings of the Nazi Party, including Führerbau, where Chamberlain and Hitler signed the Munich Agreement in 1938. The final stop will be at Königsplatz, the site of the Nazi Party’s mass rallies and book burning. Choose the longer tour option to dive deeper into the history of National Socialism in Germany by visiting the Munich Documentation Center. Browse through photographs, documents, and film projections that illustrate the origin of the Nazi movement, war, and postwar period in Munich.

Dachau Memorial Site Tour

10. Dachau Memorial Site Tour

On March 22, 1933, the Nazis opened the first state concentration camp at Dachau. Today, the site serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives, and a place of education and reflection.  You will meet your guide at 09:00 AM in front of the tourist information center on Marienplatz in central Munich. Your guide will take care of your travel tickets for you and ride with you on the local train system to the old ninth century town of Dachau, 10 miles north west of Munich. After a short bus ride which very much follows the route that the prisoners would have taken, you will arrive at the site to begin your tour. Your guide will escort you through the site and will be very keen to furnish you with as much factual information as possible delivered in an objective manner. This tour, on a human level, is very thought provoking and your guide will also encourage questions and discussion. By adopting this approach, the hope is that people meditate on their visit and take time to digest their experience of it afterwards. The tour will focus on the plight of the victims, those that died, and also the survivors. Individual prisoners will be mentioned and their first hand experiences explained. However, the perpetrators of the crimes, the SS, will also be examined, to try to understand their complicity and how they could have reconciled themselves with the crimes they committed. Your guide will allocate a period of time for exploration of the excellent museum exhibit, giving guests the opportunity to have a degree of independence for reflection on the site. Upon meeting up you will be accompanied by your guide for the return journey to Munich Marienplatz, with the opportunity to depart at main station if that is more convenient for you.

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What people are saying about Munich

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based on 813 reviews

Scott is one of the best guides we have come across in our travels. He was well-versed in Nazi Germany history - and I really enjoyed picking his brain about the topic. There is so much to learn about this time in history and Scott was a great guide into those difficult times in German history. Thank you! Alexa :)

Danielle was amazing. Really knowledgeable on the history of the Third Reich and the events that took place in and around Munich but also what led up to the events and the key figures in WWI and II. Could not recommend this tour highly enough. It gives you a great over view of a large city as well as the history

Visiting this place on a tour is one of the best decisions you can make. There is a lot of information that our guide summarized for us excellently, his knowledge, management, empathy and transparency in telling us the entire history of the place was exceptional. Thanks Marcin!

We booked this tour for our teen, who is really into history--specifically WWII. They said: "It was really good, I learned a lot of things and found it quite easy to ask the guide questions. It was quite informative and covered a large breadth of history."

Tour was well organized and our guide, Karlotta, was extremely professional.