For our second weekend we decided to stay the weekend with some new and GOOD friends (Josh, Katie, Katie, Sara, Steve…all Creighton kids) in Munich. Friday afternoon, we went with our class by train and toured Dachau (the first model concentration camp). Luckily, it was an absolutely beautiful day, so Dachau didn’t seem as depressing as I guess it could be. It was a heavy and powerful experience. Everyone should go if they ever get a chance. The camp was the first of its kind and was actually intended for POWs, Political Adversaries, asocials, and gypsies. Not until 1938, was it used for holding Jews. It had completed gas chambers, but they were never put into use (the reason is unknown).
After the tour of Dachau, we left with five other friends and made way to Munich. That night we ate and drank at the Hofbräuhaus, one of the oldest and most famous beer halls in Munich. Beware fellow travelers, it can be a bit of a tourist trap, but something you still should experience nonetheless. Where else can you sit, listen to polka music with absolute strangers, and drink liter beers. You can tell its a touristy spot because they don’t automatically add on the tip. We stayed out for a little later that night, and after not finding any discotecas, finished the night drinking at the hotel.
The next day we made our way to Neuschwanstein Castle. It was a two hour train ride which was absolutely beautiful. But, it was 80 degrees outside and the trains don’t have AC. So, if you go in the summer were something light. When you get off the train you have to switch to a bus, which is located directly behind the Füssen stop. You take that bus to another bus which takes you to the top of the mountain. You can also take a horse carriage if you are into that type of thing. Anyway, it was packed but still an amazing place. We walked all around the caste and took the photos below from the bridge. There is also a path to a waterfall, but we didn’t get to it. We left around 5:30 or 17:30 and made our way back to Munich. The train ride back was not as much fun. It was super hott and packed with people (mainly Asian tourists and Italians, not the most courteous people). Once we got back, we made way to an Italian restaurant called L’ Osteria. We finished the night there with some great wine, pizza, and specialty shots. Click on the link below to see all the pictures.