For the first half of my winter holiday, my parents took my sister and I to Central Europe where we traveled across Germany, Prague, Austria, and Budapest. It was my sister and I's first time, this trip hands down was one of the best I've ever had. Part of it, is thanks to Cosmos Tours. I'll get that later, as this post only documents my first two days in Germany where my family and I ventured on our own.
Our first night, we walked around Marienplatz and enjoyed the Christmas Market.
I felt like I was looking at a photo when I got close to the church. It was extremely beautiful!
Down this alleyway we found this great restaurant, like I said, any trip gets better with amazing food.
Hi Mom and Dad.
Pork Knuckle and Veal. I felt like I was hit in the face by a truckload full of grease, but I wasn't complaining. In hindsight, by the end of this trip I didn't want to see or eat another pork knuckle for the remainder of the year, lol. Too much pork!
The next day was a free day for us, so we took an early start to do some educational learning. We visited the Dachau Concentration Camp. Throughout the small tour my family and I partook in, I felt this lingering energy of loneliness and hearing firsthand from the survivor's experiences, I cannot fathom the pain the Jewish people endured throughout World War II.
There was a black cat hanging out in the lobby.
The gloomy weather gave off a creepy vibe.
The entrance where those persecuted were forced to walk through.
This explained how roll call was implemented and the consequences one would face if they happen to be slightly out of line.
May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933-1945 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defence of peace and freedom and in respect for their fellow men.
Throughout the tour it was eye opening to see exactly the terror of the Nazi regime.
An art installation created by a survivor from this camp. The audio guide stated that the piece is supposed to evoke how a prisoner would feel from when they were sent to the camp and to when they were liberated.
The audio guide had us then walk towards the barracks where we saw the inhumane living conditions the Nazi's imposed on the prisoners.
Soon after we went inside the museum.
Books on Dachau.
Miniature scale of the entire camp.
Throughout the museum there were various tarps that had information on who aside from the Jewish populace that were persecuted. It was extremely interesting learning about the horrifying extent the Nazi's went with in order to assert their power, and all at the same time it was sad. Where I stood that day, years ago stood a prisoner who was not sure whether or not they would survive.