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Today we made our way to the concentration camp at Dachau. It was a great experience and really made an impression with me. The camp had so much history and information. We visited the crematorium which was probably the most intense thing that we saw. Talking and hearing about it was one thing, but seeing the actual ovens and gas chambers is just different.
After we went to the museum, we went to the Hofbrauhous to get a drink and dinner. We got a lot of goodies and had a great meal.
Today we woke up and decided to head to Dachau Concentration Camp about 30 km north west of Munchen. It took about an hour to get there and we purchased an audio guide. We started out with an introduction and then did the museum. There were lots of displays and a 20 minute movie about the history of Dachau and other concentration camps. This was the first concentration camp established by the Nazis in 1933 and was liberated by the Americans in 1945, April 29. Overall over 200,000 prisoners were kept there and over 40,000 died. It was very informative and a moving experience, I am very glad we made it there. Once interesting fact is the U.S. Army made the people from the city of Dachau go view the dead prisoners the army found inside the crematory so they could see what they allowed to happen in their town. After the museum we went to lunch and then did the outside tour. The camp had the old prison and crematory (the new one had 4 furnaces and the old one had 2 furnaces). They also had 2 reconstructed barracks and several memorials. After this we headed back to Munchen and went to the Stadt Museum, which we found out is free on Sunday, which was not that exciting but it did have a special exhibit called “Nude Visions” that showed nude photography throughout time. We then ate at the Hofbrauhus, not a big fan of my meal, but Derek liked his food and beer! The place was massive and we bought some souvenirs.