Just to the north of Munich you can find the town of Dachau that is more than 1200 years old and, as a large district town, has numerous tourist attractions and a large range of cultural activities, and lends itself as a starting point for journeys of discovery through the varied Dachauer Land.
Dachau's old town with its picturesque silhouette and the palace of the House of Wittelsbach can be seen from a long way away, high above the Amper and the Dachauer Moos wetlands. The palace's court gardens provide a splendid view over Munich to the Alps.
At the end of the 19th, start of the 20th century, Dachau developed into one of the most important artists' colonies in Europe, thanks to its special light conditions in the Dachauer Moos wetlands. A number of well-known plein air painters came to Dachau; a major part of their works can still be admired today in the permanent exhibition of the Dachau Art Gallery.
Every year, more than 800,000 people from throughout the world come to Dachau to visit the Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Thus, Dachau is a central European place of learning and remembrance that has set itself the task of keeping the memory of what happened alive with regular historical events.
Today, cultural life occupies an important place in Dachau. The varied programme ranges from the Dachau Palace concerts to the Dachau Music Summer and the Dachau Kultur-Schranne, to the traditional Dachau Fair. Thus, Dachau has established itself as a cultural town at the gates of music, far beyond the borders of the town.