I am horrible! I’m so sorry, but I really suck as writing these in a timely manner.
Munich was a place where I have wanted to go for so long. I have been to so many different place in Germany, but Munich was one I never got to. I had some pretty high hopes for it.
I was only in the city for two nights so I didn’t get as much of a chance to really explore it all, but I did get to do two amazing things that I think are extremely important and vital to the full Europe experience.
On my full day in Munich, I woke up early and went to Dachau Concentration Camp. It is only about 30 minutes away from the city center and is free to go in and tour. It is also extremely moving. I read a few travel blogs about going to one of the concentration camps before I went so I could kind of have an idea of what to expect. It can only prepare you a little bit.
I went in and it was pretty quiet. Everyone who was there had a very respectful attitude. I got an audio guide that takes you through the first part as if you were entering the camp yourself starting with going through the gate they all walked through too.
The camp was a lot smaller than I expected. Then when I found out the there were about 33,000 here when the camp was liberated, and thousands had already been killed in the gas chambers and the death marches in the months prior to liberation, it made me tear up. I couldn’t imagine what it was like to live in those camps and with that torture. I didn’t take very many pictures. It was a really sad and heavy experience, but I am so glad I did it. I think it is a really important thing for everyone who can to experience because it teaches you about history, but it’s one of the darkest moments in history. The only way we can move forward is to understand the past.
I went back to the city and I was already pretty drained. It is a heavy thing going to a concentration camp, but I only had one day in Munich so I had to try to carry on. I went on a free tour of Munich, but of course, a major part of Munich deals with a lot of the same subject matter as the concentration camp. Still extremely important though!
It was really busy in Munich so it was a little difficult to get around, but the tour guide did a really good job keeping us all together. He not only took us on a walking tour to see the sights, but he also told us a lot about the history. Since this was where Hitler got his political start, he walked us by some former Nazi monuments, all of which have been taken down, and told us about what happened along his rise to power. Again, it’s important to understand what happened in the past in order to move forward.
I had a little bit of a rough time in Munich because my hostel was a nightmare. I really am thinking I should write a post about hostel etiquette. Make sure you do your research and read a lot of different reviews for the hostels you choose because that could honestly put a huge damper on your trip. All in all, I’m really pumped that I finally got to go to Munich. It is an absolutely gorgeous city and has so much history and GREAT food and beer, which is really the most important thing in choosing a place to visit.