I decided on a morning excursion to Dachau. There are many tour companies that offer tours to Dachau if you so choose. I decided to venture out on my own and use public transportation. Getting there was as simple as a tram, train, and bus ride. I am pretty directionally challenged, in other words I do not have a great sense of direction, and I found navigating there to be quite easy. I do have to say Germany has a great public transportation system. Knowing my lack of directional sense, I had printed off schedules of the trams, trains, and buses, so I could get to Dachau as efficiently as possible. For me, having this extra information meant peace of mind.
Once I stepped off the bus I took from the Dachau train station, I immediately saw the Dachau Memorial Site marker. I knew this would be a sobering; however, important site to visit. In my walk and while I took my self-guided tour of the grounds and museum, I saw many German student groups visiting. It was heart breaking to see the images and videos that had been taken. The devastation is unimaginable; however, it is important to always remember and bear witness so these atrocities are never repeated. During the end of my museum visit, I saw a German teacher sit his students down at the last video. I was so very impressed with him and how he prepared his students. And yes, it was a heart breaking video of so many who had lost their lives.
My self-guided tour of the Museum and grounds took around 3 hours. Walking the grounds gave me time to reflect on all I had seen and learned.
After this difficult visit, I decided to head back to Munich and visit Nymphenburg Palace. If you wonder why visit Nymphenburg? I had seen images of Nymphenburg during my work at Witte and have always wanted to see it in person. Getting to Nymphenburg, I once again used public transportation. It was a short 10 minute walk from the bus stop to the palace. Even with the brisk weather, swans were still in the lake in front of the palace.
The entrance fee was quite reasonable and you are left on your own to wander around the beautiful palace. I thought it was well worth the time and cost to visit this gem. I only spent around an hour touring; however, if it had been summer with the gardens blooming, I would have been there so much longer. Nymphenburg Palace, even in the winter, is truly a site to see.