The Dark Side of Munich...
Trip Start Apr 18, 2011
14Trip End May 03, 2011
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Best Western Cristal Hotel Munich
Read my review - 2/5 stars
Read my review - 2/5 stars
We went to the train station and bought an "Munich-XXL partner ticket" which cost EUR12.80 and this covered the train & bus tickets to Dachau Concentration Camp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dachau_concentration_camp).
Dachau Concentration Camp was HUGE!!! We passed by the visitor centre and saw many people inside getting the Audio Guide and the Information Map. We decided to beat the crowd, and followed the signages to reach the Jourhaus, where the wrought-iron gate bore the famous taunting slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Makes You Free)
The large camp-administration building has been converted into a museum. Some of the exhibits were quite confusing, as they were arranged by numbers, and some of them were not in running order! I gave up halfway and just read whatever I could rest my eyes on.
Dachau was the 'model' for the rest of the concentration camps which the Nazis set up across the rest of the European countries which they occupied during WWII. The big square which we came in from was used for roll call everyday, and twice a day, the entire camp population assembled there, and stood at attention till all were accounted for. If someone went missing, they would need to stand there, rain/shine/snow. We could imagine the cold wind run through their bones in the cold winters... brrrr....
There was a section which talked about the female prisoners who were pregnant and managed to give birth to their babies in the camp. Some people were lucky to have escaped death and were released after the war ended. Others who were unlucky were used as guinea pigs for medical experiments. To a certain extent, I felt the Germans were less sadistic than the Japanese as they were cruel but used POWs to test on diseases and to find cures. On the other hand, the Japanese were more brutal and sadistic in their torture methods, raping and killing women along the way. Germans prefer the fast death, sending the prisoners into gas chambers and killing them in an instant. Whatever the case, I just hope the world remain at peace!
The bunker was rather 'chilly' and eerie...
We also saw the Crematorium - one old & one new, the gas chamber, and a peaceful garden where prisoners were shot to death.
After walking through the entire camp, it was almost 2:30pm. We quickly went to the cafe to grab some food before heading back to Munich city. We ordered the pork ribs & curry wurst to share, as well as 2 cold drinks. After lunch, we went into the bookstore to browse through the items before taking bus #726 back to the train station to take the S-Bahn back to Munich.
We returned to Marienplatz by 430pm and stopped by the square to wait for the glockenspiel to "perform" at 5pm. The music started sounding as soon as the clock struck 5pm, and we waited and waited, and the figures started moving!!! At one of the scene,it showed 2 knights fighting and 1 of them actually died by 'falling off the horse"
We walked to Hofgarten (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hofgarten_(Munich)). There was a nice beer garden inside and a musician playing the cello at the pavilion in the garden.
While walking back towards the S-Bahn station, we passed by Brienner Strasse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brienner_Stra%C3%9Fe_(Munich)) where the Residenz was part of it. However, the building looked rather uninteresting as a palace...
The power of advertising made us walk out of the S-Bahn, heading towards KFC at Amplatz 7. There were some coupons at the counter, and we made use of them to buy some cheap set meals. We got the 5 x Hot Wings + 1 Soft Drink set for EUR2.99 each, and ordered an additional spicy cheese fries to share. We had initially wanted to order the Krushers, but they do not have it at this branch! DAMN! Nevertheless, we had a 'light but filling meal' at KFC (junk food again!!!) before making our way to the S-Bahn station to take a train back to Hauptbanhof Station.
We have to assemble at Karstadt Department store for our Castle tour with Grayline tomorrow at 810am. Our 'morning call' is 630am! YAWNZZZZZZ...
Watched CNN and found out that the US Airport was ravaged by the typhoon!! My God!! I hope the weather would stop being erratic!! Please don't change direction and head this way!