- 9 hours
In the morning, we’ll spend around 3 hours visiting sites relevant to the 1920s and 30s, such as the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, the Feldherrnhalle and the Haus der Kunst. We’ll talk about the foundations that led to the rise of the DAP and subsequent Nazi Party, the economic and political atmosphere at the time and efforts to resist this emerging power. We’ll stop for a bite to eat before heading on the train to the Dachau Memorial site, where we will spend the next few hours. With our foundational historical knowledge from the morning, we may be better placed to understand the events that led to those who died on this site between 1933 to 1945. We’ll talk about the earlier days of political prisoners at the camp before the number of Jewish prisoners at Dachau rose. We will also discuss and explore the site’s design: from the medical experiment rooms to the barracks, to the prison block and watchtowers, execution sites, gas chamber, and crematorium. With our trained local historical expert, we will discuss the sobering history and events that happened at this location.
At the end of a heavy day, we will digest one of history’s darkest chapters together on the train. We may reflect on the rather-all-too-recent events and their connection to the present in shaping attitudes in both Germany and the rest of the world today.
When will we have lunch?
Brendan manages the English language branch of one of Munich’s largest tour operators, and also has worked for many years as a guide for the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. He is experienced in introducing visitors to the full variety of Munich’s culture, lifestyle and history, but likes to specialise in two areas in particular: the art on display in our wonderful galleries; and the darker aspects of 20th century history in the city that was the birthplace of Nazism. His academic background is in literature and history – with a first class degree from Liverpool University, and a past life as a tutor in the Department of Literature at Edinburgh University.
Tom studied at Medieval history at Bangor university and then an M.A in Celtic Archaeology. Since then he has worked as an Archaeologist in various digs Wales, England, Germany Austria. As well as this for he also worked as an historic conservator and tour guide for the National Trust and with English Heritage. He moved to Munich six years ago and has since focused on being a tour guide and currently takes people from around the world around his new home covering sites and topics from local beer traditions to the former Dachau Concentration Camp.
Achim is a writer and tour guide originally from Ochsenfurt, a tiny village around a huge sugar factory between the vineyards of Lower Franconia. He obtained his MA from the University of Erlangen after submitting his thesis focusing on the Nuremberg Party Rallies of the NSDAP. He has published travel books on Montenegro and Munich, both currently still in print and well selling in the 4th, respectively 5th edition. He is fully licensed by the Memorial site in Dachau as a docent and has eight years experience of tour guiding in and around Munich with an emphasis on NS related topics, but also claims to prepare the best beer garden food in town.