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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 Day Tour

2. 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 Full-Day Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

Munich: Birthplace of the Third Reich Guided Walking Tour

5. 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: Dachau Memorial Site Tour in Spanish

6. 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.

From Munich: Guided Group Tour to Eagle’s Nest

7. From Munich: Guided Group Tour to Eagle’s Nest

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.

Dachau Memorial Site Tour

8. 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.

Munich and Nazi History Combination Day Tour

9. Munich and Nazi History Combination Day Tour

Come along and join this unique day tour experience starting from famous Marienplatz in central Munich. The tour starts at 09:00 AM with a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, using the excellent Munich transportation system. Dachau is a place of remembrance, reflection, and education, a must visit location during your stay. Spend the whole day with a Dachau memorial licensed guide, who will be passionate about making your experience as factually rich and thought provoking as possible. A thorough tour of the site will be provided but you will also be allocated time to explore the excellent museum exhibit. Questions are welcome, and interaction with your guide encouraged, so as to enhance your experience. Return with your guide to Marienplatz, at which time you will have a short break during which you can get refreshments and something to eat. Your guide will have suggestions for eateries. At 03:00 PM, starting again from Marienplatz, part two of your day commences with a walking tour through beautiful Munich. Locations of relevance to the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler will be exposed, such as the location where Hitler joined the German Workers Party, the location where it was decided to carry out a pogrom against German Jews in November 1938, and where the Munich agreement was signed also in 1938. In addition to the locations pertaining to this specific period, you will see other places of interest such as the oldest parish church in Munich, one of the quaintest beer gardens in the city and the world famous Hofbrauhaus. The tour will finish at Königsplatz where the Nazis used to hold their rallies and the location of the infamous Führerbau and new documentation center of National socialism. At the end of this approximate 8 hour tour you will have the option of being escorted back to Marienplatz by train with your guide or pick up your own itinerary. Your guide will be happy to advise or help you in terms of restaurant suggestions or directions. This tour is a really efficient and easy way for visitors to Munich to get a real inside look at this very significant and dark period in Munich history, a history that is not glaringly obvious to the casual visitor to this magnificent old medievil landmark.

From Munich: Nuremberg Day Trip by Train

10. From Munich: Nuremberg Day Trip by Train

In Nuremberg the Third Reich strutted in all of its pomp in the city’s grandiose marching grounds, and years later an international war crimes tribunal held that same Nazi leadership accountable for its actions. There is much more to see here, however. This is an old and beautiful city with a rich and vibrant history. You’ll see the massive medieval fortifications of the striking old town, magnificent gothic churches, colorful marketplaces, and the hilltop castle of the old imperial city. Your expert guide will accompany you on the 90-minute train journey from and to Munich, and provide a comprehensive tour through Nuremburg. The city’s history is fascinating. It was the unofficial capital of the First Reich, or the first Germanic Empire, which dominated central Europe for a thousand years. It was here that the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire was hosted. It was a center of cultural and intellectual vitality at the crossroads of major imperial trade routes. Nuremburg also played a key role in the Reformation, and in the printing and scientific revolutions that shaped the modern world.

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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.