My First Eurotrip, Part 2: Munich and Dachau

This series is a look back at my very first Eurotrip in 2007, during which I visited Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. I never kept a journal during that trip so I am writing this mostly from memory. All photos were taken with my old pocket camera.

April 1st, 2007: Our second day in Munich began with a guided bus tour of the city.

The Siegestor (Victory Gate)

Munich Street with the Theatinerkirche and Feldherrnhalle visible in the distance.

We also stopped outside of the University of Munich to see the Monument to the White Rose, a resistance group in Nazi Germany, comprised primarily of students, many of whom were executed by the Nazis. The members of the group are now honored among Germany’s greatest heroes for their non-violent resistance against the Nazi regime. If you’d like to learn more about the White Rose, I’ve seen two excellent German-language films that are highly recommended: The White Rose and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.

Monument to the White Rose consisting of the group’s characteristic leaflets.

Back in the Marienplatz, we saw performers all over the square, as well as a huge anti-hunting protest march.

The Rathhaus in the Marienplatz

The city tour ended with a stop at Nymphenburg Palace, which had once been the main summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. The palace is huge, but we only had time to tour a small portion. No flash photography was allowed inside (and Nymphenburg would turn out to be the only palace we visited on this trip to allow any type of indoor photography).

Nymphenburg Palace

A wing of the palace with one of its many resident swans in the foreground.

Nymphenburg Interior

Gallery of Beauties, a room of paintings commissioned by King Ludwig I
featuring the most beautiful women in Munich, some of whom were his lovers.

Group shot in the gardens behind the palace.

Later that afternoon we visited the Dachau concentration camp memorial. After watching a documentary about the camp’s history, we toured the grounds. Walking among the barracks, crematorium, and gas chamber was a haunting experience, impossible to put into words.

This powerful sculpture commemorates the victims.

“Never Again” in several languages.

There were originally two columns and 30 rows of prisoner barracks.
All but the first row have been torn down.

The crematorium ovens.

The Nazis installed fake showerheads in the gas chambers to convince victims they were entering
shower rooms. This gas chamber had not been put into operation before the camp was liberated.

The only window to the outside world in the gas chamber.

One of the guard towers.

After leaving the camp we returned to the Marienplatz in Munich for dinner. We then headed to a brewery called the Augustiner to toast our final night in Munich before returning to the hotel. In the morning we would be departing for Vienna.

Farewell, Munich.

View more photos from this trip.

Related Links:

Writer, traveler, photographer, hiker, film/TV addict, amateur chef, casual gamer, and occasional tennis & saxophone player . . . in real life I do web design.

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Europe, Germany, Travel
2 comments on “My First Eurotrip, Part 2: Munich and Dachau
  1. tommyshaw says:

    My first Eurotrip was back in 2007 and funnily enough I did a very similar route.
    Dachau is an intense place, definitely worth seeing but at the same time extremely emotional.
    We also ate and drank regularly at the Augustiner, best pork knuckle in Munich as far as im concerned!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Michael Rappa on WordPress.com
Archives
Categories

Join 303 other followers

Instagram Feed
Fundy National Park, Canada - August, 2016 Moss-covered stream. #bayoffundy #Canada #fundynationalpark #hiking #landscapes #maritimeprovinces #maritimes #newbrunswick #Photography #roadtrips #streams
Fundy National Park, Canada - August, 2016 This photo is from an early evening hike in Fundy National Park along a small waterfall trail. It was beautiful, like a stroll through Middle Earth, and peaceful—we had the entire trail to ourselves. Our schedule didn't allow us time to see much of the park, but it's clearly worth at least a full-day's visit. #bayoffundy #Canada #fundynationalpark #hiking #landscapes #maritimeprovinces #maritimes #newbrunswick #Photography #roadtrips #streams #waterfalls
Bruges, Belgium - July, 2014 The main canal. #architecture #belgium #bruges #canals #cities #europe #historicbuildings #landscapes #Photography
Bruges, Belgium - July, 2014 The bell tower. #architecture #belgium #bruges #cities #europe #historicbuildings #belltower #Photography
Bruges, Belgium - July, 2014 A rainy street. #architecture #belgium #bruges #cities #europe #streets #landscapes #Photography #cobblestone
Bruges, Belgium - July, 2014 Carriages at the city center. #architecture #belgium #bruges #cities #europe #historicbuildings #landscapes #Photography
Bruges, Belgium - July, 2014 Another canal in Bruges. #architecture #belgium #bruges #canals #cities #europe #historicbuildings #landscapes #Photography
Bruges, Belgium - July, 2014 A canal in Bruges. #architecture #belgium #bruges #canals #cities #europe #historicbuildings #landscapes #Photography
17-Mile Drive, California - October, 2014 . #17MileDrive #beaches #California #coastline #landscapes #NorthAmerica #ocean #pacificcoast #Photography #shore #Travel #UnitedStates
17-Mile Drive, California - October, 2014 Sunbathing birds. #17MileDrive #animals #beaches #birds #California #NorthAmerica #ocean #pacificcoast #Photography #shore #Travel #UnitedStates #wildlife
17-Mile Drive, California - October, 2014 #17MileDrive #animals #beaches #birds #California #NorthAmerica #ocean #pacificcoast #Photography #shore #Travel #UnitedStates #wildlife
17-Mile Drive, California - October, 2014 A few years ago I went on a business trip to San Francisco, where I decided to take a few extra days to myself to do some exploring. On my first day in San Francisco I met up with my cousin who lives nearby. He took me on a driving tour of the Pacific coast. This photo is from 17-Mile Drive, a scenic route along the Monterey peninsula, featuring rocky coastlines, large crashing waves; and islands of sea lions and birds. #17MileDrive #beaches #California #coastline #landscapes #NorthAmerica #ocean #pacificcoast #Photography #shore #Travel #UnitedStates
Letchworth State Park, New York - September, 2015 St. Helena trail (near the site of the lost town of St. Helena). . #geneseeriver #gorges #hiking #landscapes #LetchworthStatePark #nature #NewYork #NorthAmerica #Photography #rivers #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #UnitedStates
Letchworth State Park, New York - September, 2015 Stone bridge crossing the Genesee River in front of the Lower Falls. #geneseeriver #hiking #LetchworthStatePark #lowerfalls #nature #NewYork #NorthAmerica #Photography #rivers #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #UnitedStates #waterfalls #bridges
Letchworth State Park, New York - September, 2015 The Lower Falls. #geneseeriver #hiking #landscapes #LetchworthStatePark #lowerfalls #nature #NewYork #NorthAmerica #Photography #rivers #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #UnitedStates #waterfalls
Michael is reading…
%d bloggers like this: