City of Dachau
City of Dachau

Highlights in Dachau

City of Dachau / Jörg Lutz

Dachau Palace with courtyard garden

Visible from afar, the former summer residence of the Wittelsbach family towers above Dachau's old town. A café/restaurant with a sun terrace invites you to linger. The Renaissance hall above houses the most magnificent coffered wooden ceiling in southern Germany. In the courtyard garden, the old lime arbor is a special focal point at any time of year. A real insider tip is the panoramic view from the courtyard garden of the nearby state capital and the Alps on the horizon.
City of Dachau / Florian Bachmeier

Artists' Trail Dachau

In the second half of the 19th century, landscape painters discovered the small market town of Dachau in the moorland just outside Munich. By 1900, Dachau had grown into a supra-regional center for landscape painting and the artists' colony was famous far and wide. Discover some of the painters of the artists' colony and their motifs on this circular trail.
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Dachau artists' colony

The permanent exhibition in the picture gallery focuses on the Dachau artists' colony. Special exhibitions regularly focus on individual aspects of Dachau's open-air painting as well as other European artists' colonies (euroart). The district museum documents around 2000 objects relating to the cultural history and folklore of Dachau and the surrounding area on three floors. The Neue Galerie Dachau exclusively presents temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial and the Path of Remembrance

The Dachau concentration camp memorial on the site of the former concentration camp is now a central European place of learning and remembrance. On the "Path of Remembrance", 12 plaques commemorate the historical significance of the route along which most prisoners were taken from Dachau railroad station to Dachau concentration camp during the Nazi era.
City of Dachau / Florian Bachmeier

Experience nature along the Amper

Attractive cycle and walking paths along the Amper make Dachau an ideal destination for all generations. For example, the Ammer-Amper cycle path crosses the urban area along the Amper, as does a detour of the Kunstschleife of the WasserRadlWege Oberbayern. The artists' trail also runs along both banks of the river. In addition to a variety of water birds and protected plants, water turtles can often be seen sunbathing here.
City of Dachau / Udo Bernhart

Dachau old town and viewpoints

Let yourself be surprised and inspired by Dachau and its 1200 years of history.


The town of Dachau is known to many as a place of learning and remembrance as well as a city of art and culture on the outskirts of Munich. Tradition and art are closely interwoven with the town's history and characterize the picturesque old town with its colourful town houses, cobbled alleyways, galleries and museums. In addition to those interested in culture, Dachau also caters to those seeking peace and quiet and nature lovers. It is not only worth taking a tour of the town and visiting Dachau Castle and the adjacent courtyard garden with its viewpoint: you can also experience nature up close on excursions to the surrounding area, which is characterized by the Dachauer Moos, the Amper river and idyllic hilly landscape - on foot or by bike (e.g. along the Ammer-Amper cycle path), alone or with the family. TIP: The best way to discover the diversity of Dachau is to take the circular artists' trail in Dachau with its 18 stations over a length of approx. 5.7 km.

Former artists' colony in Dachauer Moos

The large district town of Dachau is located northwest of Munich on the Amper river - at the interface between the Munich gravel plain, where the Dachauer Moos is located, and the adjacent tertiary Danube-Isar hill country to the north.

The Dachauer Moos and Amperauen nature reserve, a fauna, flora, habitat (FFH) and bird sanctuary since 2001, can be experienced just a few minutes by S-Bahn from Munich. The Ammer-Amper cycle path, which connects the source of the Ammer with Moosburg on the Isar, as well as a section of the Kunstschleife Upper Bavaria Water Cycle Route, lead through this charming landscape.

Sweeping panoramic views of Munich and - especially when the foehn is blowing - the Alps on the horizon open up from the courtyard garden of Dachau Castle, which towers over the pretty old town of Dachau. The open-air painters of the Dachau artists' colony already appreciated the location and vantage points of the former market town. Following in the footsteps of the artists' colony, the approx. 6 km long Dachau Artists' Trail leads through the town's varied topography.

Naturally well connected

The large district town of Dachau is optimally connected to the nearby state capital, Munich Airport and the Munich Trade Fair Center via the A8 and A9 motorways and public transport. The most important sectors in the town of Dachau are trade, medium-sized industrial and manufacturing companies, hospitality businesses, service providers and craft businesses. Among others, the MAN spare parts warehouse, Autoliv and the Helios Amper-Klinikum Dachau are located here. Accommodation ranges from small family-run businesses to conference hotels.

Climate protection is sustainably anchored as a cross-sectional task in the city of Dachau and is intended to leave a future worth living for future generations by achieving climate neutrality. A climate protection officer takes care of issues such as climate-friendly administration, support for climate protection among the population and biodiversity, e.g. with orchards in the Hügelland nature area, wet meadows in the Dachauer Moos nature area and the protection of rare plants and animals.

A place of learning and remembrance and a vibrant city of art and culture

As the site of the first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau is now an international place of learning, remembrance and commemoration. Every year, around 900,000 people from all over the world visit the concentration camp memorial. This past gives rise to an obligation for the town today to keep the memory of the terrible crimes of National Socialism alive, especially for those born later.


As a former artists' colony and former country residence of the Wittelsbach family, Dachau, which is over 1200 years old, is a renowned city of art and culture - the Dachau Artists' Association (KVD), which emerged from the artists' colony, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019 - with a high-quality and diverse cultural offering as well as numerous sights such as the historic old town and the Renaissance castle.

The large district town of Dachau in figures

  • Total urban area: 34.96 km²
  • Highest point: 519.4 m (Dachau Castle)
  • Lowest point: 472.9 m (central sewage treatment plant)
  • Population: 47,970 inhabitants (July 2020)
  • Transportation: On the Munich - Ingolstadt railroad line, S-Bahn connection to Munich; close to the A 8 (Munich - Stuttgart), A 9 (Munich - Nuremberg) and A 92 (Munich - Deggendorf) freeways; approx. 30 km from Munich Airport