The last leg of our German road trip took us from Fussen to Munich. We woke up Wednesday morning, packed, checked out of the hotel, and stopped by the bäckerei (bakery) for some breakfast goodies <-ALL the breads. I wish there were more bakeries at home, I guess Panera or Au Bon Pain would be comparable, but they are not the same….I can’t pinpoint it, perhaps the charm factor? Anyways, croissants and danishes in hand we started on our 1.5 hour drive to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site is about a half hour north of Munich. Dachau was set up as a concentration camp for political prisoners in 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich Chancellor. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a “school of violence” for the SS men under whose command it stood. In the twelve years of its existence over 200,000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidiary camps and 41,500 [person] were murdered. American troops liberated the survivors on April 29, 1945 (Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Website).
Another sculpture with the Star of David. We were also permitted to visit the cells were the prisoners slept.
While we spent 1-1.5 hours visiting Dachau, I read you can easily spend 4-5 hours here (there are guided tours). We got back to our car and I texted Martina, our AirBnB host, that we were on the way. This was our first AirBnB stay ever, so I was a bit nervous trying it out for the first time in another country! Luckily, Martina was great to work with before the trip. She was super responsive and answered all my questions.
This is the street where we stayed. How cute, right? If I lived in Munich, I could picture myself in this neighborhood. Martina’s apartment was really cool. There were two bedrooms (one of which was hers), 1.5 bath, and kitchen. It was close to the S-Bahn, a 10 minute walk to Oktoberfest, and close to restaurants and a grocery store. If you are interested in her listing, check it out here.
Because Oktoberfest was in its last week, Martina thought it would be less crowded than usual and suggested we visit that afternoon. After a quick catnap, it was time to return our car rental and head over to Oktoberfest (more on that in our next post). Cool building on our way to the Avis dropoff.
Pro Tip: Returning our car rental was an adventure! I selected Avis Munich Hauptbahnhof as the drop off location, which is in the center of the city near the train station. We plugged that into GoogleMaps and it took us to a small parking lot connected to the train station, easy, right? Nope. We pulled in and did not see any signs for Avis. Hmmmm… so we circled around thinking we missed it, but no sign. We were stumped! I took out my phone and used Google to see if anyone else had the problem. I entered “Cannot Find Avis Munich Hauptbahnhof”, luckily someone had submitted the same question on Tripadvisor! Turns out the Avis drop off (and other car rental companies) was located on 14 Hirtenstr. Pictured below for reference.
Here are two great blog posts I read while researching for this portion of the trip:
- A Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich, Germany by Earth Trekkers
- A Humbling Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp by Luxe Adventure Traveler
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- 2016 Berlin Marathon Expo + Good News + Spectating
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- German Vacation Recap – Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Part 2
- German Vacation Recap – Neuschwanstein Castle – Part 3