Dachaus Artist Colony

Town of artists

By the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Dachau, alongside Worpswede, was one of Europe's most important artists' villages.

At that time it was said that every tenth person in Dachau was an artist and this included famous names such as Adolf Hölzel, Ludwig Dill and Arthur Langhammer. Carl Spitzweg and Lovis Corinth were among those who repeatedly came to Dachau hoping to capture the special quality of light of the Dachau fens in their open-air paintings.

Women in particular were discovering painting in great numbers and enrolling for training at the private painting schools of Dachau. Before 1926 women were barred from attending the State Academy in Munich. Their works can today be seen at the Gemäldegalerie Dachau, Dachau Paintings Gallery

The tradition of art continues today in Dachau and can be seen in the rich breadth of contemporary art and the wealth of art galleries around the town. The city of Dachau is an active member of theEuroArt the European Federation of Artists' Colonies.

Museums & Art Galleries

Historical artists' colony

Karl Schröder-Tapiau, Fotografie schwarz weiß mit Dachauer Stadtansicht im Hintergrund

His­to­ri­­cal ar­tists

Get to know the historical artists that used to live and work in Dachau.

Gemälde von Paula Wimmer, "Dachauer Volksfest" vor der Dachauer Altstadtsilhouette
Dachauer Künstlerweg, Stele mit Blick auf die Dachauer Altstadt, Foto: Stadt Dachau

Dach­au ar­tists' path

Discover the artists of the artists' village Dachau on this walking trail.

Artists´ House of Walter von Ruckteschell, Picture: City of Dachau, Florian Göttler

Hou­­­ses of ar­tists

Read more about former residences of members of the Dachau artists' colony.

Old cemetery Dachau: Chapel and graves under big trees with fall leef colours. Photo: City of Dachau
Old cemetery Dachau, photo: City of Dachau

Ar­tist's gra­­ves

The old cemetery and the forest cemetery are final resting place for many artists.

Arts & culinary delights

A café in the old town of Dachau, illuminated at the blue hour
Café Samstagskinder in Dachau old town, Photo: City of Dachau, Lilly Karsten

The picturesque old town of the former artists' colony invites you to experience a stroll through historical and modern art. Let your visit end in one of the cafés and restaurants of the Dachau old town or in the courtyard garden of the former Wittelsbach summer residence Dachau Palace.