Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau was a concentration camp ran by the Nazis during WW2. It is located near Munich and has now been made into a museum and a memorial site for visitors.

 

This is the entrance of the camp, there are fences everywhere and even a gate that contains the quote “work will set you free” in German.

The photo is a picture of the memorial museum. Inside, one can find photos, artifacts, articles, etc about the history of the camp and the people that were forced to work here.

 

The camp includes a sculpture by Nandor Glid. The sculpture seems to depict several bodies or bones along with limbs that turn into barbed wire.

 

The gas chambers are also open to the public. The first photo shows the exterior of the gas building, while the second photo shows the inside of an actual gas chamber. The inside was a wide room that could cram in about 150 people at a time. There are no windows, only fixtures in the ceiling for expelling  toxic gas.

 

Photos taken of the crematorium where dead bodies were burned. The bodies were placed in the bigger compartment while the ashes were taken out of the bottom.

 

Although these photos are not of the actual bunkers from WW2, these were made to accurately depict the originals.

A Jewish Memorial was also built at the camp.

 

Koblenz and Burg Eltz

Koblenz is one of Germany’s ancient cities, it is home to many castles and also sits near the Rhine River

 

Koblenz is a city built among an ancient city, so simply walking around and admiring the thousand year old buildings and streets will be fascinating

 

Take a walk along the Moselle River and enjoy the view

  

From Koblenz we took a day trip to Burg Eltz, a medieval castle situated in the hills of above the Moselle River. To get to the castle itself you have the choice to hike or take a bus, I recommend hiking to the top because the surrounding area is beautiful and tranquil.

 

The castle itself offers tours which can be presented in different languages. Take a look from the top of the castle to admire the medieval city below it and the surrounding moat.

Munich

Munich, the capital of Bavaria is a city with age old buildings, landmarks and museums. Also known for its annual Oktoberfest.

Take a walk through the city to see all the thousand year old intricate architecture

 

The English Garden is a huge park in the heart of Munich. Complete with a beer garden, and a stream for local surfers to enjoy. I personally enjoyed the peacefulness of the whole park.

 

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site was unforgettable, this site allows visitors to have a real understanding of what a concentration camp was like while also allowing the public to properly mourn over the lives that were lost.

Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp post for more photos and information.

 

 

Berlin

We spent most of our trip in Berlin, exploring the many parks, museums, and monuments while emerging ourselves in the history and culture.

Soccer is popular in Berlin, The Champions League Final was even held in Berlin in 2015

Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church in Berlin, also known as the Berlin Cathedral, located on Museum Island

The Rotes Rathaus (town hall)

 

The Berlin Aquarium was filled with all kinds of sea life. I enjoyed this aquarium because it was so unique.

Weekend farmers markets are very popular. I recommend visiting one if you have the chance to go. You may even be surprised with a from spiderman and his entourage spreading vegan awareness

TV tower in Alexanderplatz which is also the tallest building in Germany. You can have a full view of the city from the top.

 

  

Climb the stairs to the top of the victory column! Even though the way up to the top can be a bit tiring, the view is worth it.

Checkpoint Charlie was the most well known crossing point between West and East Berlin during the Cold War

  

And finally one of my favorite parts was all the street art around the city. I mean who doesn’t enjoy seeing art everywhere on their walk home everyday.