Today we visited the Dachau concentration camp memorial site and grounds. This was one of the main sights I really wanted to see during this trip. Ever since I had to write a paper on the Holocaust in 8th grade I have been intrigued by the subject, mainly shocked and disturbed at how something this atrocious could go unnoticed. I even wrote my entire IB extended essay on this topic and took a history of the Holocaust course at UF (favorite course!) That is why visiting a concentration camp was on my bucket list ( I can now cross it off). As Lauren mentioned later in the day, you can read all about the Holocaust, but being there makes it seem even more real. I can’t describe the feelings and emotions I felt as I walked through the grounds where so many people suffered.
We could not have asked for a more gorgeous day, which made the visit very nice. Biffle chose the perfect word in describing the experience, somber. The grounds were extremely well kept showing great signs of respect. It was a visit I would have been disappointed to miss, and I am glad I was able to experience this place that I had read so much about.
Dachau Concentration Camp
The rest of the day was spent wandering about Munich, and climbing 300 steps to the top of the Alterpeter…I have a feeling I am going to hate stairs by the end of this trip! We also visited the BMW Welt, where we got a picture in a convertible! The museum didn’t sound too interesting so that was all we did there. Tomorrow we leave early for Vienna, but I am pretty sure the train should go a little better (you don’t need reservations for this one!)