12 Best Dachau Tours

Of all the concentration camps established by the Nazis during World War II, Dachau was the first, which opened nearly seven years before Germany’s official declaration of war.

The camp is located in Bavaria, Germany, just a few kilometers from Munich, and due to the proximity, most trips to Dachau start from Munich, so if you want to visit the camp and be in the area, this is probably the place to stop.

Dachau was liberated by Allied forces in April 1945, and according to documents, more than 30,000 people died in the camp over the years.

Below is a list of 12 of the best travel itineraries in Dachau.

1. Munich and Nazi History Combo Day Tour

Munich Germany

This combined Munich-Dachau tour kicks off at the famous Marienplatz central square in the heart of Munich.

From there, tourist guests and their guides will use the public transportation system to travel to Dachau, where they will visit every corner of the camp, the terrible homeland of thousands of Jews during its 12 years of existence.

You will also have time to do it yourself and spend extra time on specific areas or exhibits that you find particularly poignant or interesting.

After returning to Marienplatz at 3:00 pm, you and your companion will start a walking tour through Munich, where you will visit areas of historical importance.

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2. Dachau English Full-Day Tour

Dachau Memorial

Although Dachau was just one of many similar camps spread across Europe during World War II, it was one of the most famous and was the first of its kind when it opened in early 1933.

This tour includes the services of an official local guide who will be able to answer your questions and add a lot of value to this already amazing site.

You’ll learn why the camp is open, what the official plans are for those forced to live and work here, and what life is like for the soldiers and guards stationed here.

You’ll get access to amazing first-hand stories of the people who lived and died here, as well as some from those lucky enough to live their lives.

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3. Dachau Concentration Camp Private Tour

Dachau concentration camp

Curt’s trip is considered to be the most enlightening and heart-wrenching of all trips in Dachau.

While the site itself is really eye-opening, the services of a professional guide are invaluable for those interested in learning all about it.

This tour includes all areas within the camp, including admission and orientation, living, eating, and working areas, and of course, facilities that are purpose-built to wipe out the most lives in the most efficient and inexpensive way possible.

Your tour guide, Curt, is an American, licensed tour guide who has been offering tours of the site to tourists for over 10 years.

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4. Dachau Memorial and Shooting Range Tour

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This Munich-based tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial also includes a visit to the nearby SS shooting range.

The tour lasts approximately 6 ½ hours and includes access to the museum and a short documentary, which is a good introduction for first-time visitors.

Visitors will hear horrific stories of the sadistic experiments carried out here, and after seeing all the highlights of the area, guests will have a little free time to deal with everything they just saw.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and this tour allows guests plenty of time to experience it.

Everything is included except food, drinks and tips.

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5. Dachau Concentration Camp Tour by Train

Dachau concentration camp

This 5-hour tour of the Dachau Holocaust Memorial Site begins in Munich and includes transportation to and from the city and the memorial site.

The tour includes stops in all important areas of the camp, such as prisoner and guard barracks, as well as medical facilities and extermination chambers.

Although not all of the site’s structures are original, they have been restored to bring them back to near-original shapes so that guests can truly feel what it was like to be a reluctant occupant.

Many tourists were surprised to learn that, in addition to Jews, Poles, gays and clergy were also sent here.

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6. Dachau Small Group Tour from Munich by Train

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For those who have time to spend a full day visiting this unique historical site, this tour from Munich will be a great option.

Your guide will not only explain what you see at the memorial, but also learn about the conditions of existence in Germany that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

It’s a fascinating story, true world history, not just German history.

The resulting global war killed millions and changed the world as we know it.

You will also have time for some self-guided exploration.

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7. Dachau walking tour from Munich by train

Dachau Crematorium Oven

Taking the train from Munich is a great way to explore the outskirts of the city before entering a concentration camp.

During most of the Nazis’ reign, Munich was a central city for Third Reich targets and therefore one of the most historic cities of World War II.

Visitors will get up close and personal with the camp’s barracks, transportation system, cells, and where prisoners were taken to extermination.

The gas chambers are probably the most horrific of all areas of the camp, and it is almost unfathomable to put yourself in the shoes of a dying prisoner.

This tour requires a lot of walking and lasts about 5 hours.

Train transportation to and from this location is included in the tour price.

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8. Private Tour of Dachau Concentration Camp from Munich

Dachau concentration camp, Germany

For many visitors to Dachau, the half-day tour is an appropriate time to see everything the camp has to offer without overdoing it.

Not surprisingly, Dachau can be an overwhelming place, so think carefully about how much time you want to spend on site before booking a tour.

Guests will walk through the camp’s spooky gate, which proclaims “Work will set you free.”

Clearly, freedom was not an option for most of the prisoners sent here, although some lucky souls did come out alive.

This tour will touch on all of the camp’s most important areas and give guests a full overview of the camp’s history in a relatively short amount of time.

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9. Frankfurt to Munich, Dachau Concentration Camp Day Tour

Dachau Crematorium

This full-day tour starts from Frankfurt and also includes stops in Munich and Dachau.

Guided tours are available on all parts of the tour, and the first stop on the tour is the Dachau Memorial, which includes highlights such as the barracks, work area, and gas chambers.

After your Dachau tour, you will go on another guided tour of historic Munich.

Munich’s attractions include the Old Town Hall, Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, and some beer halls known as meeting places for Nazi organizers and sympathizers who led them to take control of the German government.

While the tour was a long day, it was probably the most comprehensive and rewarding of all the Dachau tours.

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10. Private Round Trip to Dachau Camp from Munich Hotel

Dachau Crematorium

This hassle-free tour of Dachau is a great option if you want others to worry about the tedious details while traveling.

Transportation to and from your hotel in Munich is included, and once you arrive at the campsite, you’ll have plenty of time for a self-guided tour.

The grounds and museum are well laid out so that guests can see all the grounds in an efficient way.

Once you’ve filled this unique place, you’ll meet your driver who will pull you and your travel companions back to your Munich hotel.

It’s only a short drive, but it will give you a moment to reflect on the importance of what you’ve just seen.

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11. Munich WWII Sites: Dachau and the Third Reich Walking Tour

Dachau Monument

This hike to Dachau and other Third Reich-related attractions will provide guests with plenty of access to the campsite while stretching their legs and getting plenty of fresh air.

Guests will enjoy a guided tour of the camp, which will touch all of its most important areas and include extensive history leading up to the war.

The second part of the tour includes a walk to some of Munich’s most historic sites, where you’ll learn about their importance and their role in the historical saga that played out in Germany in the 30s and 40s.

This tour includes round-trip transportation from Munich to the site, but does not include hotel pickup and drop-off.

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12. Munich to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, Private Tour

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For WWII history buffs, there’s probably no better place to go than Dachau.

It has been turned into a permanent monument to those who walked through its gates, in the hope that education will prevent such a disaster from happening again.

On this private guided tour, guests will gain insight into the layout of the concentration camp and how it was used for the mass extermination of Jews and anyone else trying to rebel against the Nazi state.

Multiple start times are available, including hotel pickup if requested at time of booking.

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