European Vacation: Italy, Germany, Switzerland and a few places and lessons in-between

6.13.17

Munich, Germany // day four

Today was insanely busy (not as if any other day has involved less than 15,000 steps)! We started our morning with a later breakfast and then headed straight into Downtown Munich via public transportation. I have never ever seen such clean train stops! – Boston, take major note.

Once downtown, we met up with our local tour guide, Mancin. He was so fantastic and took us on a wonderful adventure through the city. Munich has such a rich history, albeit depressing during and after World War II, and it was fascinating to learn about and see it all in person. Most of the city was bombed and destroyed during the World War, but the city has spent the last 70 years rebuilding from the ground up to make everything just as it was before the war started. As Mancin stated – the only good thing that Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party did was documenting everything about the city from layouts and structural plans to the color and patters of the buildings and cobblestone. Munich is still finishing it’s recreations, but the major buildings that stuck out were the old and new city halls which are located kiddy-corner to each other. With a limited budget, the rebuilt city hall is made of concrete instead of stone, and the stone work has been painted on as the original appeared.

Munich, and the rest of Germany, is home to a ton of great beer and we learned all about the six major breweries in the city. There are many beer houses, but the most memorable was part of the local city market. The beer garden in the market is required to serve each of the six brewery’s beers either 6 weeks of the year or until 40,000 liters of the beer has been sold – whichever comes first. We ate lunch a the market before heading to Dachau, and I had the best burger and potatoes ever.

Dachau was an extremely emotional, educational and eye-opening trip. There is so much history, and there are many stories that are frequently not talked about. While Dachau was not the largest Nazi Concentration Camp during World War II, when the Allies liberated the camp in 1945 there were roughly 60,000 prisoners. Writing on this blog post about this time in history will never do it justice, but feel free to reach out and ask me about the trip. Our tour of Dachau was about four hours long, which gives you a slight idea of how large of a space the prison is, and afterwards we all met back at our hotel to head out to dinner.

Our #BobbyandtheBiddies Iowa group decided to go find a local beer house to eat at and then wander around the streets of Munich. We consumed lots of traditional food and beer (or wine for those of us – me – who need gluten-free/Ally-friendly options), and had a wonderful time reflecting on the past four, busy, crazy and exciting days.

Tomorrow we head to the Swiss Alps (YAY MOUNTAINS!) before we end our trip in Frankfurt, Germany .

Note: Edits with pictures will be made once the internet allows me to upload them!

Edit: Pictures added

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