Summer Trip 2017 Part 2 Munich and Dachau Concentration Camp

 

With only a 150 miles to go until we reached Munich, we had to make a decision as due to the endless road works and traffic jams which I thought were only part of UK life, so travel on and reach Munich at 2300 hrs or stop at the nearest campsite and rest so we are fresh in the morning…..”Lets Stop” was the call.

Sat Nav Set, we found and stayed the night at CampingPlatz Estenfeld it was very busy I think other travellers had had enough of the traffic jams but we managed to secure a pitch.

After a good night sleep, we hit the road for Munich(28th July) hoping the roads would be better and thank god they were and great progress was made, with much rejoicing.

The choice of campsite in Munich was Campingplatz Munchen Thalkirchen it is over an hour walk from the centre but a U-Bahn station is close by and is only a 23 min journey, so after setting up camp we set off  to catch a train.

The train soon arrived on-time unlike the British rail network and off we went towards St. Peters Church square, on exiting the U-Bahn Station we were stunned a the beauty of Munich.

 

St. Peters Church

It was very busy so off we walked to find the beer hall where Adolf Hitler made his early speeches and have a beer.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived around the block from the beer hall in the late eighteenth century. In a poem he wrote, Mozart claimed to have written the opera Idomeneo after several visits to the Hofbräuhaus fortified him for the task. In the nineteenth century, most of the breweries in Munich, including the Hofbräuhaus, were converted into large beer halls, restaurants, and entertainment centres with large, cavernous meeting rooms for weddings, concerts, and plays. In the period just before World War One, Vladimir Lenin lived in Munich and reportedly visited the Hofbräuhaus on a regular basis. In 1919, the Munich Communist government set up headquarters in the beer hall, and in February 1920 Adolf Hitler and the National Socialists held their first meeting in the Festsaal, the Festival Room, on the third floor.

 

What a stunning place it gets very busy but we found a table away from the crowds and ordered our first beers the first of many

More beer please

With our heads feeling a little light, and the kids feeling hungry off we went for some food, not to adventures a visit to the Hard Rock Cafe but it was a lovely meal….a bit on the expensive side, I expect no less.

It was getting late and the adults were a little tipsy so we headed back to camp to hopefully awake in the morning with a clear head as we were heading to Dachau Concentration Camp.

Arriving at Dachau you pay to park and then enter the old camp it is a very moving place and it upset Lily but it has to be seen.

 

Dachau concentration camp was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany, intended to hold political prisoners. It is located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory northeast of the medieval town of Dachau, about 16 km (10 mi) northwest of Munich in the state of Bavaria, in southern Germany. Opened in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler, its purpose was enlarged to include forced labour, and eventually, the imprisonment of Jews, German and Austrian criminals, and eventually foreign nationals from countries that Germany occupied or invaded. The Dachau camp system grew to include nearly 100 sub-camps, which were mostly work camps or Arbeitskommandos and were located throughout southern Germany and Austria. The camps were liberated by U.S. forces on 1 May 1945.

Prisoners lived in constant fear of brutal treatment and terror detention including standing cells, floggings, the so-called tree or pole hanging, and standing at attention for extremely long periods.There were 32,000 documented deaths at the camp and thousands that are undocumented. I will just leave you with some pictures.

Rail terminus and entrance to camp
The main Camp building a memorial museum
Main Camp building
Memorial
Original gate “Work sets you Free”
Guard tower
original fence
original fence
Prisoners beds

prisoners lockers
Prisoners wash basins
Prisnoers toilets
Guard tower
Gas Chamber and Crematorium
Crematorium
Gas Chamber Zyklon B was used to kill
old fence line
old fence line

The Camp is a real eye-opener to the evil side of Human Beings and we have not learnt from it as we saw in the Third Balkan War 1991-2001