Dachau has tragic associations that make a shiver go down your spine at the thought of actually visiting the place.
The World War II concentration camp where millions lost their lives tragically and in exceedingly horrible conditions is indeed the main reason people decide to visit this place.
Whether you’re a history buff or have your own personal interests in the matter Dachau does have enough to make your visit worthwhile.
The Dachau Memorial Site incorporates a museum, three chapels, the Lagerstraße or the main road, crematorium, gas chamber, and barracks among other structures — all devoted to the commemoration of the survivors. You also get to view a documentary that illustrates how it must have all been.
The whole tour may well take up the better part of a day and you’d be well advised to be part of an organized tour so as to get the best of the experience.
Well, on to more cheerful destinations in Dachau…
It would be a good idea to catch up with the other side of the story as you visit the Dachau Palace. Now you’ll be more inclined to believe that this little town was a happy haven for artists before the infamy brought on by the war consigned it forever into the pages of a darker history. The magnificent palace and its surrounding gardens take you back to pleasant times of Renaissance architecture and gracious living. You’ll love the awesome interiors just as much as the elegant landscaping outdoors.
The Old Town area of Dachau is a picturesque venue with stunning views all around. There’s no indication here of anything but a rich cultural scene and the good cheer of normal routine. You can’t miss the Town Hall which bears exploring or at least a couple of photographs if you’re in a hurry.
Dachau has its own share of art to showcase its artistic history. Visit the Dachau Painting Gallery where you’ll see gorgeous 19th and early 20th century paintings that the town used to be famous for. Stunning representations of landscapes and other genre will make it worth your while.
The District Museum houses the cultural history of the land. Here’s a rich demonstration of the medieval life style inculcating folklore and legends, crafts and trade, festivals and other extravaganzas that we should seriously consider resuscitating.