Sobering Photos of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

There are no words to describe the feeling as we walked through the former grounds of the Dachau Concentration Camp, now a memorial site. Devastating, terrifying, and horrific it is now a place of sorrow and remembrance.  As a memorial, it is a reminder of what should never have happened, and what the world should never forget.

Located in southern Bavaria, about 25 kilometres from Munich in Germany, it opened in March 1933. Dachau is the concentration camp that had been in operation the longest when they were liberated in 1945. For twelve years thousands lived in constant fear of torture or death. Those running Dachau Concentration camp are an example of the worst of mankind.

The camp was designed for holding German and Austrian political prisoners and Jews, but in 1935 it began to also be used for ordinary criminals. Overall, it is estimated to have had over 188,000 prisoners, and murdered 41,500 of them.

According to Wikipedia, the Inmates included Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, French, Yugoslavs, Czechs, Germans, Austrians, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Communists, and Gypsies.

Visiting Dachau is a very sobering experience.

Dachau Concentration Camp entrance gate in Dachau Germany

The entrance gate to Dachau read “Arbeit Macht Frei translates to “Work Sets You Free.”

Prisoner Quarters

Prisoner Sleeping Quarters in Dachau Concentration Camp entrance gate in Dachau Germany

Prisoner Sleeping Quarters.

Quotes from survivors are on a nearby sign. One from Jean Bernard, “Block 25487 – Clergy” reads,

“I don’t know whether the reader can picture to himself the sight of 250 tattered straw palliasses and as many pillows, plus 500 covers, not to mention odd pieces of furniture and personal possessions lying in a disordered mass in the filth and rain; how these same during the one-hour pause in work all must be cleared away, the beds made, rooms swept and dusted and the block road similarly cleaned of each tiny whip of straw . . . “

Prisoner toilets in Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

Imprisoned and Murdered

Fence and watch tower surrounding Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

Fence and watchtower that were guarding Dachau Concentration Camp.

Gas Chamber at Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

Gas Chamber at Dachau

Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

Krematorium sign at Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

Fence surrounding Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

A Somber Memorial

Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

The wall reads, “May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933 -1945 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defence of peace and freedom and in respect for their fellow men.

Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau Germany

Practical Information on visiting the former Dachau Concentration Camp

  • Located in the city of Dachau, it is about an hour drive to the northwest from Munich (although it looks much closer on the map) or a two-hour drive south from Nurenburg. The car park is located in the Alte Römerstraße and costs €3 per car.
  • There is also a train that travels from Munich to Dachau.
  • If you prefer a tour, Viator (a TripAdvisor Company) offers several options ranging from private tours to groups.

Check tour options and pricing to visit Dachau from Munich

  • The site is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily, although closed on December 24.
  • Entry to the memorial site is free, although there are small fees for audio or guided tours. See their official website for more details.
  • Honestly, it took us a little while to recover from this visit. Personally, I wouldn’t bring small children here, and I agree with the official site’s recommendation of not bringing children under 12 years old. There are photos and images of things that should never happen.
  • The guidelines for visitors can be downloaded here (from the official website).
  • Visitors are asked to dress respectfully, and absolutely no clothing or symbols generally associated with right-wing extremist groups is permitted.

From Dachau, we went to the Munich, where a rest, a good meal, and some good old fashion Munich fun brought us back.

Did you cry when you visited Dachau or any of the other Nazi Concentration Camps?

About Guest Author Rhonda Albom

Capturing the essence of travel through photography, Rhonda Albom is the primary author and photographer at Albom Adventures and a regular guest poster at Kibitz Spot. She is an American expat based in New Zealand. She travels the world with her husband, and sometimes with their teenage daughters.


  1. I don’t think I could stomach it… good for you. It’s so important to honor those who passed through and never forget…

  2. That must have been difficult to experience.

  3. Humans can be so inhumane. I would go. I’ve always wanted to go.

    Have a terrific trip. 🙂

  4. These sorts of places depress me.

  5. May the Lord have mercy on all the people that lost their lives there. May this never happen again, but it just might if we are not vigilant. There are many out there who would like to slaughter those that are not of their beliefs.

    Just click on the link below, and link up your WW post. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. If we can only just destroy places like this. However, I guess they should be preserved as a reminder for us people of the horrors of the Second World War. As we are constantly reminded, we have to learn from history so that we will not commit the same errors that our forebears did.

  7. Great shots!

  8. I can’t go in that place. May the souls of people who died inside rest in peace,.


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