Day 5 of our 9 day trip to Munich in the fall
After a very long day in Füssen, we got to sleep a little bit more which was much needed. We met up in the lobby at 9:30AM.
Journey to Dachau
For breakfast we hit up the main station once again. After that we caught the S2 subway train towards Dachau. Once in Dachau we walked to the bus stop just outside. At first I was looking for the 724 bus but we then found out that the 726 bus would work just as well and hopped on that one. It was a quick 10 minute bus ride and 726 actually dropped us closer to the concentration camps than 724.
Dachau Concentration Camp Tour
The timing worked out beautifully as we got there 10 minutes before the tour started. We made our way into the information centre, bought our tickets and waited for our guide. He turned out to be this Chinese guy named Kai Wang. He had decent English and turns out he married a German girl and has been in Germany for 4 years.
We soon found out that he had a wealth of knowledge, stopping at specific points along the way to explain bits as pieces of history. The museum itself which is situated in the maintenance building was quite huge but he was good enough to skip the less important areas and point out interesting facts and stories.
The concentration camp itself was definitely not as large as Auschwitz and Birkenau but nonetheless different in layout and design though I suppose all camps were modelled from this one being one of the first ones. As usual it was a solemn location of reflection, sadness and disgust (i.e. crematorium)
The camp was very packed in the morning with school kids so we were constantly waiting for some of the groups to pass us by.
The one odd thing with everything was that the weather actually turned in our favor for once. We saw the sun for the first time on our trip though to be honest the clouds would’ve better suited the environment. Too bad it didn’t turn better the previous day.
One thing our guide constantly preached to us during our tour was the fact that Germans shouldn’t be the ones to blame for what the Nazis did. He was very logical in his explanations and even emphasized that even thinking just about the Jews when it came to concentration camps is wrong. He also emphasized how what Hitler did during his reign is still happening today and that his use of propaganda is the same as what is being done to us in the media today.
We tipped the guide 20 EUR for the lot of us and then we roamed the museum a bit more after we said goodbye.
At around 3:30 we finished the area and we didn’t get to Marienplatz until 4:30PM. We checked out this Galeria department store but found it to be a bit too high class. That was the end of that and then we went back to Hbf.
At the main station we all got curry wurst to try and a big macaroon. Edison and David went back to the hotel while the rest of us went back to Müller for more chocolates.
We all went back to the hotel to rest up and then met up again at 7:30PM. Edison wasn’t there though because he was developing some sort of stomach flu with fever and vomiting which we felt really bad about.
The night before I picked out a restaurant called Osteria Italiana which seemed to be ranked well and was supposedly where Hitler used to eat to get his Italian fix. We head over there and got a seat at around 8:30PM. The funny thing when we showed up at the restaurant was that the waiter guy almost immediately told David “No pizza!” which must’ve been racist. There was a bit of a wait but they were super nice once we got in. The service was quite excellent. However the food portions were small. Emily Chan and Jeff ordered prawns and vegetables and they literally only came with those items and nothing else. Suffice to say they were still hungry after. I got a tagliatelle bolognaise which was pretty good. Chantelle found a “hair” in her spaghetti with lamb and mushrooms so they made her another. Service was excellent as they were very quick to change our plates and refill our 7.50 EUR bottle of still water. Overall good Italian food to get away the meat and potatoes. Too bad we never got tight enough with the waiters to ask where Hitler’s seat was.
To end off the night strong we went to Hofbräuhaus which is right across from the Hard Rock. Great atmosphere here with everyone drinking beer and some tables rowdier than others. They also had live music there once in awhile. We found a bench to sit on and ordered our beers. I split a 1L with Chantelle. I asked our waiter about one of the desserts which turned out to be ice cream. I then asked how many scoops and I thought she said 1. I asked again with a 1 hand signal and she nodded. Turns out she thought I wanted to order one so there we had a cup of 3 scoop ice cream we didn’t order. Oh well! We finished it all the same.
This time we didn’t have random Germans to approach us as this place must be at least half tourist so Mari busted out the pack of cards and we played Kings.
To end off the night a few of them went to McDonalds in the Hbf underground and then went home to the hotel.
Tips & Tricks
- Dachau guided tour is 3 EUR and starts at either 11AM or 3PM. Well worth the price and provides a thorough breakdown of everything from the history leading up to the camps to crematorium. I was surprised it was as long as it was but it did take a good 2.5 hours to listen to the history and walk through it all.
- Müller us a great place to pick up snacks and chocolates for gifts. The popular items to get that aren’t as accessible in Toronto are: Haribo gummies, Milka chocolates and Rittersport. Some of these can be found in Toronto but the selection here is surely more.
- Osteria Italiana is a place I would recommend for a different type of place to eat that won’t break the bank and doesn’t have a Michelin Star.
- 9:30AM meet up
- Breakfast in Hauptbahnhof
- Take S2 to Dachau
- Bus 726 to the concentration camp
- 11AM 2.5 hour guided tour with Kai Wang
- Roam around Dachau until 3:30PM
- Catch the 726 back and then S2 back to Hbf
- Hang around Marienplatz to check out Galeria
- Curry wurst, macaroons and Müller at Hbf
- Rest at hotel until 7:30PM
- Dinner at Osteria Italiana
- Hofbräuhaus for beer
- Back to Maratim Munich Hotel for the evening
Check out the Next Day
Interested in reading more? Day 6 has us headed to medieval and romantic small town of Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber.
More on Concentration Camps
My friends over at Karolina & Patrick have more on Auchwitz if you have plans to visit the infamous concentration camp by Krakow, Poland.