Friday, July 10, 2009

walking tour 8 July 2009


The new munich walking tours website:


Soon after the Nazis took power, the Reichsf├╝hrer SS (Heinrich Himmler) ordered the construction of Dachau to serve as a special prison for political (and later social and ethnic) enemies of Nazi Germany. By the time American soldiers liberated the camp in 1945, more than 32,000 people had lost their lives to the camp's deadly conditions and the guards' brutality.

We are proud that our guides are authorized to provide this tour within the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial - something that very few guides in the business receive permission to do. Many companies offer a simple 'pick-up' service to take you to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial but our native-English speaking guides are the same historical tour experts who will tour you through the history of the Memorial over the three hours we spend there.

Our tour to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial covers:

Jourhaus - Where prisoners first entered the camp and passed through the gate cast with the now infamous words "Arbeit macht frei" (work will set you free). Walking through this gate meant giving up three things: their possessions, their rights as a human being, and their diginity.
Shuntroom - Where the prisoners were registered and given a number as their new identity. Our tour uses the exhibition on display to explore what new prisoners experienced when they arrived at the concentration camp.
Barracks - The camp barracks were built to hold approximately 6,000 prisoners. When the camp was liberated in 1945, over 30,000 prisoners were being held at the concentration camp. Here we will explore the effects of overcrowding on camp life.
Roll Call Square - Where the fates of the prisoners was decided two times per day.

Crematorium / Gas Chambers - The crematorium grounds were strictly off-limits for prisoners and were separated from the prisoner camp. This area was also used to carry out executions. On our tour, this is where we discuss the difficult subject of death in the camp.
...and much more!

The tour runs in all weather. No reservations necessary. Just show up.

Where and When?

Meet our guide in front of the Starbucks in Hauptbahnhof by platform 11.
TUESDAY-SUNDAY at 10:00am and 12:30pm.