Most people think of the concentration camp when they hear ‘Dachau‘ but this historical town in Bavaria has beautiful Renaissance and Baroque buildings and a palace! Dachau is around 30 minutes northwest from Munich by S-bahn and Dachau Palace is another 19 minutes on foot.
Sitting on top of a hill, Dachau Palace offers a panoramic view of Munich and the Bavarian Alps (so be sure to visit when it’s sunny!). It began as a fortress in 1100 for the Counts of Dachau. When the last Count of Dachau died without an heir in 1182, Duke Otto I of Wittelsbach took over the fortress. The fortress was destroyed in 1398 and again in 1403. A century later, a four-winged Renaissance palace was built on the hill from 1546-77. It became the preferred country residence (I read somewhere that it was the preferred summer residence before Schloss Nymphenburg was chosen) of the House of Wittelsbach. In 1715, Elector Maximilian II Emanuel had the southwest wing remodelled in the Baroque style by Joseph Effner. Unfortunately, three wings were so badly damaged by the Napoleonic troops that, due to lack of funds, King Max Joseph of Bavaria had to have it demolished in the early 19th Century. Thankfully, the southwest wing remains, which includes the Banqueting Hall with its wooden Renaissance ceiling (dating back to 1564-66) and the Regency stairwell. Today, the palace hosts classical concerts and art exhibitions, as well as weddings and other special events.
These lime trees in the Hofgarten (court garden) have been offering shade and protection from the heat and rays since the 18th Century! 🙂 #Hofgarten #Schlossgarten #Dachau #SchlossDachau #courtgarden #limetree #trees #Bäume #summer #nature #Natur #IGersMunich #IGersMünchen #IGersGermany #IGersDeutschland
There is also a cafe in the palace in case you’re thirsty or hungry where you can sit inside or enjoy the view from the terrace.
And whilst you’re in Dachau, why not explore the Old Town (Altstadt) and step into St Jakob Parish Church, which was built in 1624/25.
The photos below don’t do this steep path any justice but I recommend walking down/up the path!
Address: Kurfürst-Max-Emanuel-Platz 2, 85221 Dachau, Bavaria, Germany
Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays April-September 9:00-18:00 / October-March 10:00-16:00
Admission: 2 Euros