Cycling the Romantische Strasse

Day 7

Tuesday, May 25, 1999

Aichach to Dachau

It was mostly sunny at 7:30 a.m. We had the usual breakfast this morning – buns, meat, cheese, boiled eggs (I had these, as Tom had a certain disgust for them). There was also fresh fruit including strawberries, and melons, as well as pineapple. We left the town at 9:15 a.m., arriving in Dachau at 11:30 a.m.

The scenery today was mostly gently rolling countryside. Tom compared it appropriately enough to the countryside one would see around Guelph. For every hill going up, there was always a hill going down the other side, but these hills were not terribly steep. Along the way we passed a young fellow in a wheelchair modified into a bike that he pedaled with his arms. He seemed to keep up a respectable pace as well, even his seat looked more comfortable than ours’.

We found the information bureau just opposite the Rathaus in the altstadt area. They were very helpful (as always), and with their various brochures, we were able to find accommodations on one of the main streets – Mittermayer Strasse 15. The gasthaus was called, appropriately enough "Gasthaus – Fremdenzimmer Mittermayerhof. The price was once again 50 DM apiece.

After lunch at the hotel – pork roast with a big dumpling, salad, and of course, beer, we headed out for the concentration camp at the east end of town. We spent a few hours here touring and reflecting.

When we got back to the hotel, we walked downtown and toured the outside of the schloss Dachau (closed at this time). From the castle we had a reasonably good view of nearby Munich. Afterwards, we had a beer at an outdoor restaurant right beside the Rathaus. The beer ended up costing 27 DM apiece, because we also ordered soup (cream of asparagus – spargel) and salad. Then, the waiter talked us into delicious strudels to have with our cappuccinos.

We did a little window shopping, but decided the large screen TV (about 30") was too expensive, at 2600 DM. I used the bank machine here in Dachau (Deutches Bank) to withdraw another 400 DM for the remainder of my trip.

During the evening, some violent thunderstorms rolled through, but they did not last very long at all.




Only 29 KM left to cycle to Dachau


 

Inside the concentration camp looking towards the "Roll Call" area


One of the many guard towers garding the Dachau Concentration camp





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