“Arbeit Macht Frei,” work will set you free. These words on the entrance to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site will be forever ingrained in our mind.
A visit to the concentration camp outside of Munich is both somber and interesting as you stroll the grounds of what used to be a real death camp for thousands of men, women and children during the years of 1933 to 1945.
While visiting the memorial site you’ll see the cell blocks, cremation area, bunker, barracks and roll call area. A permanent exhibit houses photographs, library and films to watch so you can gain a better understanding of daily life at the camp.
Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler established Dachau in 1933 and it served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a school of violence for the SS men under his command. During its existence over 200,000 people from all over Europe lived here and over 49,000 were murdered. The camp was liberated on April 29, 1945 by U.S. troops.
The memorial site was established in 1965 and the exhibit leitmotif of the “Path of the Prisoners,” was established between 1996 and 2003.
Afterwards take the short trip from Dachau to Erding and visit the historical Erdinger Brewery.