Wow. I didn't realize Dachau was so close to Munich. We went to Munich on our trip to Europe. We ended up touring King Ludwig's castles (which were really cool, except for the photo-nazis..."keine photo!").I think one of the things that distinguishes Buchenwald is that it was designed from the ground up to be a death camp. So it has chutes to deposit corpses in a cellar under the crematorium, and small elevators to bring them up to the actual furnaces for disposal. All very efficient. I dug up a couple of Dachau pictures and I don't see those features, so it likely was "retrofitted" as a death camp sometime after its original construction. (Did I mention that WWII used to be my hobby?)Still, it would be very interesting (and intense, I'm sure) to visit. Dachau does have the distinction also of being the site of the massacre of prison guards by US soldiers. Plus we let some prisoners kill a few guards also. Numbers are iffy, but estimates are 50 to a few hundred were killed.Of course, Berlin offers Cold War relics (I would expect). The wall (or what's left of it), maybe some of the gates? I would assume most of the architecture is that really boring post-WWII style since all the original stuff was blown to hell by the war.I'll have to play with the trains to see what schedule will work better. I think the ones we want are called "hotel trains". Sounds right. Pretty sure that's what we did from Salzburg to Firenze. Not that expensive, as I recall. Though the prices on eurorailway.com seem steeper than I remember.Thanks to everyone for all the input! Feel free to add more! I'm on a steep learning curve here...1poorguy
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