We stopped by Mauthausen whilst on our drive from Salzburg to Vienna (which is a good place for a break as its about half way)....
Having visited both Auschwitz and Dachau previously we pretty knew what to expect, and as always these are sobering experience. We had one person with us that hadn't been to anything like this before and as expected it was a very emotional and eye opening experience for them.
The location is a tad hard to find, but it is signposted and with satnav its pretty easy. Parking is free for 4 hours (which is plenty of time) and the entrance fee itself is very reasonable (2 euros if I remember correctly).
The Memorial appears to be well looked after and new Museum is very informative and the photo galleries very moving (they put faces to the names). theres all the exhibits you would expect (barracks, gas chamber, crematorium) but what we really liked was walking around around the memorial park and seeing the difference each nation had when designing their memorials. Some are very somber and some are celebrations of freedom and life.
Overall Mauthausen is well worth a visit. Some people wont like the experience, some will find educational..... but most importantly its here so we can learn from it to never let this happen again.
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