- 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?
Franz is a native „Münchner“ and has been a professional tour guide for more than a decade. After receiving a degree in Business Administration he began working in the travel industry. His passion is tour-guiding: he loves to be on the road showing people the beauty of his native Bavaria, especially his hometown Munich with its fascinating history. His motto: "This job can't be beaten!". Come and enjoy the beauty and history of Munich and Bavaria with a true local.
Nicola runs an organisation dealing with far right extremism and racism, working with both administration and politics as well as civil society in the state of Bavaria. In her spare time she gives tours as an authorised guide at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Her professional interest in the darker aspects of Munich’s 20th century history (and its echoes in the present) has also led her to giving city walking tours themed on the Third Reich. She has years of experience doing not only this, but also showing visitors the lighter side of Munich’s rich history and culture. She is especially interested in how the past is reflected in the present urban environment of Munich, in the official memorial culture and how this has changed over time. A Munich native, she was bitten by the travel bug years ago, has seen many different countries and lived in Australia before returning to her beloved hometown. Her M.A. degree in Intercultural Communications has added to her passion for introducing Munich to visitors from all over the world ever since.
Jeff arrived in Munich quite by accident just after his 21st birthday and since then has lived for around 35 years in Bavaria‘s capital. He began tour guiding in 2000 and is now one of the most experienced on the circuit. He has in this time been a co-founder and owner of a Munich tour company but in 2010 decided to go freelance. Articles on his Third Reich tours have appeared in respected national publications such as Süddeutschezeitung and Der Spiegel. Most of his tours centre around this subject and the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial but in his days as a company owner he designed the first ever tour in Munich dedicated to beer and brewing. As well as this he enjoys all things related to food and loves introducing people to the multi-faceted world of gastronomy in what has become an increasingly cosmopolitan city. Munich has many other charms and a history which he loves to show and explain on a walk through the charming medieval old town.