Day 14.2 Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site


Continued from Day 14.1 Swarovski Crystal World Museum Austria

Contiki European Experience – Day 14 of 20 (part 2 of 4)

Germany has had a dark history of Nazis and war.  The Dachau Concentration Camp turned into a memorial site and museum is a reminder of the terrible past and a place to pay respect to the dead.  I am terrible with history but I took lots of photos :-D.

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The site itself is huge.  You can imagine it can fit so many people yet such a plain and boring place to be kept captive!  (It wasn’t supposed to be fun in the first place I guess..).

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You can go inside most the buildings. Inside is a museum.

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The rooms are cold-ish. The ceilings, walls and floor is all concrete.

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I thought I saw everything but after seeing their website I guess not! There’s like creepier places in there! Doh!!  You could spend 2-3 hours there I think!  There’s really lots to see if you are into history.

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3 responses to “Day 14.2 Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

  1. Strange to see these horrible places with the contrast of the brilliant blue sky above. Was wondering how just being there made you feel? I’m not sure how well I would manage considering I had a hard time just being at the Anne Frank House.

    • It felt cold, empty and sterile. Unlike Anne Frank’s House, there was nothing really there to connect with emotionally. It is a compelling story but it’s like visiting a battlefield of WWI. Many people died, but what’s left it’s just a field and what’s left is hard to relate to.

      I could relate to the history because from my cultural background – Chinese – 45 million people died in hands of a ruthless dictator in 1958 to 1961.

      But trying to find the archaeological impact today is hard to do in China as you can imagine and also from what we understand, the German also did their best to cover up what they did before the end of the war and obviously the passage of time.

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