07.01.2013 - 07.01.2013 5 °C
This morning we got up early with the plan of an early breakfast and heading out to check out the Dachau Concentration Camp site. After a few problems (Ed took a chunk out of his face shaving and it too ages to stop bleeding, the train ticket machine didn't give us the tickets that we needed for tomorrow so we had to go to the main train station to try and sort it out) we finally made it onto the correct train and were quickly taken out to the town/suburb of Dachau. The train ride was quite interesting in that we were surrounded by English conversations. It was nice to have some English around rather than being surrounded by people talking in a language that I can't understand.
When we arrived at the train station we easily found the bus that would take us to the site. We jumped on board and then had to wait for the bus drivers to finish their cigarettes before we made the 10 minute drive. There is apparently a walk from the train station to the site that has information boards that you can do as an alternative to the bus ride but seeing the distance we covered on the bus I'm glad we took this option.
We arranged to have an audio guide when we arrived and headed straight into the site. We both really 'enjoyed' looking around and reading all of the information. I use the word 'enjoyed' rather lightly as it is a very confronting and somber place to be. We both found it very interesting and it sure made us grateful for the way we live today. It is amazing to think that people were treated so poorly less than 100 years ago. I could go into a lot of detail of what I learned while walking around but if you want to know more you can google it!
Cold and tired we decided to head back to the city to find someone warm and a feed. Our plan was to find a beer hall and have a beer and some snacks, then head out to do some shopping before having dinner. We headed into a random beer hall and sat down for a drink. Our waitress was not overly friendly but we ordered a drink and started looking through the menu. We decided we would just have some fries for now. When we tried to order she refused saying that you could not just have fries (even though it was listed as a side dish). We thought it was a bit rude as the English menu that she had given us did not have any snack sort of foods listed like the German menu did. It seems that these places have one menu for German speaking people and a totally different menu for tourists. As we were both starving we took our leave and headed across the road to the Hard Rock Cafe instead.
We decided to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe, even though it is not the kind of place that we would usually go to because we were both hanging for a meal where we didn't have to battle with the menu or the language difference with our waiter/waitress. Success! We shared a massive entree platter with a 1L beer for Ed and a Pickled Tink cocktail for me. We followed this with some awesome desserts as well. Our waiter spoke to us with an American accent but we could not work out if he was German and had just learnt to speak English with an American accent or if he was American and could speak fluent German. Either way he was very helpful and made sure we were looked after.
After our feed we headed to the shops for some window shopping before heading back to the hotel. Another exhausting day!