I slept like the dead last night. It took a while to get used to the heat but my fatigue soon overshadowed my discomfort. I woke up at 6am in surprise not having realised I’d been fast asleep.
An hour later, I was showered and ready to walk around in Munich. The girl at the reception gave me multiple maps and I set out to plan my own itinerary. I was certain that I had to be in Marienplatz at 11am to watch the Glockenspiel. The platz from Meininger is a straight walk past the Hauptbahnhof. I saw a cute Irani cafe-ish place on the way and decided to stop for some breakfast. I haven’t had anything more delicious than Butterwerze. It’s a funny shaped bread with lots of salted butter. I could eat this every day with tea!
By the time I reached the corner of Galeria Kaufhof, the sun was over my head and adding to my discomfort. I craved for an ice cream but it was only 9:30am! I spotted Pimkie on the way but resisted the urge to go in. But instead on the left I saw a super cool shop that made cuckoo clocks and nutcracker dolls. Ok, I bought an Edelweiss musical box. Oh come on!
The Rathaus is the biggest thing you’ll see there. This is the new one. Also the place where you gather to watch the 11am Glockenspiel. Opposite to this building in a narrow lane is Old St. Peter. Service was on when I stepped in. I offered a short prayer and came out. I had gotten used to attending mass in French and Latin. German felt a bit alien despite the familiarity. My stomach was rumbling again. Deli & Joy was pure serendipity. And it was vegan friendly! I grabbed a smoothie and a bottle of water. Made it just in time for the performance of the cuckoo clock. I picked up a copy of Der Kleine Prinz later. If I can read it in French, I can read it in German.
I walked back to the Hbf to catch a train to Dachau. The S2 gets you there and you can purchase the tickets at the machines. A day ticket (Munich XXL) costs €8,30 and covers the bus connection to the sites. The train map is easy to read – I believe every transport map is easy if you have dealt with the Paris metro map. Direction Petershausen / Altomuenster – both work for Dachau and it takes about 25 minutes to get there from Munich Hbf. bus 719 takes you to the Palace and 726 to the Concentration Camp site.
No amount of literature will prepare you for the actual experience of visiting Dachau CC. The atrocities are beyond imagination. To think that human beings could inflict so much pain on other people ; the concept escapes me. I think it was beyond 32 degrees today. 30000 starving, diseased, broken people enduring the sick treatment meted out to them in such weather – I can’t imagine it. The pictures are disturbing. Heaps of corpses lying outside the crematorium, people waiting to be gassed, prisoners being punished for no reason. This one is not for the weak hearted. I offered a prayer before I left.