With the concentration camp memorial, the city of Dachau is the central European city of learning and remembrance, attracting more than 900,000 people each year from all over the world who are interested in contemporary history. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, Dachau was one of the most important European artist enclaves. In addition to many well-known painters of outdoor painting, the landscape painter Christian Morgenstern and the expressionist Emil Nolde came here and took advantage of the special lighting conditions of the Dachau marshes for their works. Even today, the city is an important cultural location. In the surrounding district – the Dachauer Land – numerous natural and artistic monuments await discovery. Intensive preservation of the local area enables the visitors to experience the old Bavarian tradition and culture authentically.
Our excursion tips:
Culture and view into the past
Many works by residents of the former artists’ enclave are part of the permanent exhibition of the Dachau Picture Gallery, which also features regular special exhibitions. The New Gallery, dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, is easily accessible and offers special offers and guided tours for people with disabilities.
A secret tip is the Wittelsbach summer residence of Dachau Palace, which is located on a hill above the historic old town. From the terrace of the Schlosscafé, there is a unique view over the state capital of Munich, partly up to the Upper Bavarian Alps.
Contemporary history and retrospective
The concentration camp memorial is a place of remembrance and learning, which keeps alive the memory of events in exhibitions and numerous educational programmes. A tour brochure in easy-to-understand language and an app in German sign language is offered.
In a unique permanent exhibition, the Augustine Monks Museum in Markt Indersdorf takes on the religious history and the cultural and scientific achievements of the Augustine monks.
Nature and leisure
In Dachau, an electric scooter can be borrowed free of charge on a daily basis. This gives everyone the opportunity to go on excursions into the diverse nature of the Dachau region.
Along the course of Maisach leads the approximately two-and-a-half-kilometre-long path, the “Maisach Lifeline”. Whether with a walking frame, wheelchair or pushchair – the path makes the shores of this natural space between Bergkirchen and Günding accessible to everyone for relaxation. The flora and fauna, eleven information boards and several adventure stations provide plenty of variety.
All certified excursion tips:
- Gemäldegalerie Dachau
- Neue Galerie Dachau
- KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau
- Augustiner Chorherrenmuseum, Markt Indersdorf
- Elektromobile Dachauer Land
- Erlebnispfad Lebensader Maisach
Information & Service:
- Tourist-Information der Stadt Dachau
- Informationsbüro im Alten Zollhäusl
- Gäste-Information Markt Altomünster
Certified accommodation tips:
- Hotel Modi in Dachau
- Hotel Central Dachau
- Jugendherberge Dachau
Certified gastronomy tips:
- Cafe Restaurant Schloss Dachau
- Brauereigasthof Maierbräu in Altomünster
- Gasthaus Ambrosia in Bergkirchen
- Altstadthotel Zieglerbräu in Dachau
- Wirtshaus am Erdweg in Erdweg