jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 65 [4 Apr 09] – Munich

Posted in Munich by jn82 on April 4, 2009

After a good night of rest, we woke up early and had our good breakfast at the hotel. The train from Innsbruck to Munich was from 10.36am – 12.24pm, and the first class carriage was very full, which worried us a bit because we did not hold seat reservations unlike the other passengers who had tickets with seat reservations. However it was okay in the end as we managed to find two seats which no one had reserved all the way through to Munich. By the time we got to the hotel and checked into the room, it was almost 2pm, which did not leave us much time for a lot of sightseeing as most of the sights closed around 5pm. After some quick planning, we decided to head to the site of the Dachau concentration camp this afternoon as it would be closed on Monday.

The Dachau concentratin camp was the first concentration camp built under the Hitler regime and served as the model for all subsequent concentration camps built. Some 200,000 prisoners from 34 countries, primarily political and religious dissidents, Jews, Gypsies and other “undesirables” passed through Dachau’s gates between 1933 and 1945, of whom an estimated 32,000 lost their lives from disease, starvation, torture, execution, slave labour and medical experiments. It now serves as a memorial to those who died under the Nazis. There was a 22 minute video shown which contained pretty graphic footage of the sheer amount of death and how the dead were treated, but by just walking around the museum exhibit you can get a very sobering idea of what went on in the camp.

Propaganda poster.

Murder, often reported as suicide.

The mark of the Jew in Dachau.

Montage.

Main block.

Memorial.

Work Brings Freedom.

We spent a very rushed two hours at Dachau concentration camp and stayed till it closed after 5pm, as we had other places to visit over the following two days. It was a pretty interesting experience, and just puts what you know about what the nazis did in these camps in perspective.

Before heading back to the hotel, we had dinner at a beer garden nearby. Opting for the full Bavarian experience, I opted to have the local specialities.

Homemade Spatzle.

Weisswurst (Bavarian sausage).

Putenschnitzel natur (Turkey cutlet) with herb butter, rice and vegetables.

Today’s pictures here.

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