Munich is a great place to visit but it is one with a colored past. Munich is the city where Adolf Hitler rose to power and much of the power of the 3rd Reich was concentrated there. On the outskirts of the city (reachable via public transport) is the Dachau Concentration Camp, Hitler’s first and one of the most feared as it was used for SS ‘training’ purposes. This camp is by no means as large as some of the more well known camps such as Auschwitz but it’s close proximity to a major city makes the story all the more compelling. This gate posted at the entrance of the site says ‘work will set you free.’
Munich itself does have a number of other great attractions and you really could spend some time there soaking up history; both old and new. Many of the buildings were bombed out during the second world war and the mix of architecture is interesting to look at. We took a free city tour were surprised at how much more there was to the city beyond it’s World War II history and Oktoberfest.
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IF YOU GO: Free city tours are a great way to start and don’t let anyone tell you that Dachau is too far from the city to go via public transport…it’s cheap and easily accessible. Be sure to look for some boutique hotels in Munich, there are a lot as it’s a huge city. From Munich it’s a short ride to Berlin, Frankfurt or even Prague in the Czech Republic.