We travel to see famous sites, sample drinks, and learn about history. Sometimes history isn’t fun or pretty. The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site gives you a shocking view into our world’s past that can’t be comprehended from a textbook. It is an important reminder to remain politically aware and politically active. If you’re spending time in Munich, we recommend a visit to this powerful memorial. Getting to the memorial site from Munich is quick and easy.
Here’s how to get there
- Take the S2 train from Munich. The S-trains, (S-bahns), are recognizable by a green circle with a white S.
- Munich has many different forms of public transportation, and you buy tickets for all of them on one kiosk. The easiest way to navigate the system, is to buy a tourist pass.
- The tourist pass is valid for all public transportation, including the bus we took when we reached Dachau. It is €19.60 and valid for a group of up to five people for a full day of travel. The price was very reasonable, particularly split three ways.
- Board the S2 train going in the direction of Peterhausen or Altomünster. It is a little over 20 minutes to Dachau.
- When you arrive in Dachau, exit the train station following the signs for the bus. There will be a bus stop sign, in English, that says “Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.”
- Take this bus to the
- When you leave the camp, take the same bus back to the station.
- Take the S2 in the direction of Erding, or Munich. German trains are very clear and user-friendly, and any train going to Munich will have the city labeled below the destination as a stop.
Once you get to the camp
- Entrance is free. Simply walk straight down the path and follow the information plaques. Every plaque is written in German and English, so it is easy to learn about the camp in one of these two languages.
- If you are more comfortable in a different language, or would like more information on the camp, consider renting an audioguide.
- Guides are €3.50 or €2.50 reduced price and give almost too detailed insight into the camp’s history. It also has recorded histories of survivors and liberators in their native languages.
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