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Coat of arms of Dachau
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Upper Bavaria
District Dachau
Basic statistics
Area 34.85 km2 (13.46 sq mi)
Elevation 482 m  (1581 ft)
Population 40,570  (31 March 2007)
 - Density 1,164 /km2 (3,015 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate DAH
Postal code 85221
Area code 08131
Location of the town of Dachau within Dachau district

Dachau is a city in the south of Germany, about 20 km (12.4 mi) north-west of Munich. It has about 40,000 inhabitants. The town contains a historic town centre with an 18th century castle.

Dachau was founded in the 8th century. In 1933, a concentration camp was built in Dachau. It was the first camp of the Nazis and became the prototype for all other camps. More than 30,000 prisoners died, or were killed.

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