Monday, November 10, 2008

The Quaint Side of Dachau

About 20 km north-west of Munich along the S-bahn train lines, lies yet another city of contrasts in Bavaria – Dachau. From the photo, you see the view from the Schloss Dachau atop the Altstadt, a village with roots extending back to the 8th century. Now the city is home to about 40,000 residents, and is a popular area for Munich commuters. Of course, the world knows this little sleepy village as the location of the prototype Nazi concentration camp where more than 600,000 visitors come per year seeking answers to the atrocities of WWII. The city will perhaps always try to rebrand itself. With it’s slogan “More than you would expect,” it attempts to attract people to the village through its wide ranging cultural events, like the Dachau Palace Concerts and Dachau Music and Folk Festival. I found the old town amazingly charming and quaint, but have been unable to visit the concentration camp – which I can’t help think would forever hang a dark cloud over this town

1 comment:

Phil said...

Yes, it is a beautiful town, people and fests and yes, the camp leaves a big mental cloud that is hard to overcome.