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  • Day7

    Vom Bodensee an die Elbe

    July 13, 2017 in Germany

    Bei unseren sonstigen Ausflügen nach Holland, wollten wir Deutschland so schnell wie möglich durchqueren. Dieses Mal machten wir Zwischenstopps in Mainz, Köln und Hamburg und lernten Deutschland nun auch ausserhalb der Autobahn kennen. Morgen geht unsere Reise weiter in Richtung Dänemark!

  • Day1

    Let the journey begin

    August 21, 2017 in Germany

    Nach einem kurzen Flug von Wien nach Hamburg starten wir von dort aus unsere Interrail-Reise in den Norden. Die Flickis - ein eingespieltes Dream-Team bestehend aus Jenny, Lisa, Vera, Jasi, Caro & Kiki. Caro verlässt uns leider schon nach einer Woche wegen einem Aufnahmetest für die Uni. Danach geht's zu fünft weiter.
    Abenteuerliche vier Stunden in Gesellschaft der Polizei liegen hinter uns mit Currywurst und ewiger Warterei... (keine Sorge wir haben nichts verbrochen haha). Wo ist wohl unser nächster Stop? - Kopenhagen wird kommen!
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  • Day5

    @ Hamburg

    September 11 in Germany

    Nachdemm mer immer wider meh oder weniger in Schlaaf grüttlet worde sind im Zug, isch am Morge d Durchsag cho zum ois weckä und mit z teilä, das mer e Stund verspötig händ.
    Also hemmer gmüetlich-kuschelig z vierte oises Miniaturabteil uufgruumet. Sprich zwei hend müesse ligge bliibe und die andere Ruume und denn umgekehrt :)
    Am 8i z Hamburg aacho hemmer geduldig ufem Perron gwartet bis öpper wider is Auto derf und zum abem Zug fahre.
    Nachere Stund hemmer mitbecho, das de Vordersti e Panne het... ufem Zug... :) also hemmers ois gmüetlich gmacht mit vier anderne Schwiizer... En richtige Kaffi gmacht, Magebroot vo de Ohringer Dorfet gässe und Heftli kauft.
    Denn, ca am 10.30 isch de ADAC Maa cho, het i demm Mercedes es Chnöpfli druckt und tataaa, es fahrt wider :)

    Tatsächlich hemmer niemer ghört uusrüefe, trotz de >2 stündige Warteziit :) Jez simmer im Airbnb bim Martin aacho und mached gliich gmüetlich wiiter wie bim Warte
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  • Day3

    Reiseneginn

    October 21 in Germany

    Hamburg. Herrliches Wetter. Ein Bier an der Alster im Sonnenschein. Gegen Abend einschiffen auf dem Frachtschiff Bernadette. Freundlicher Empfang vom Kapitän. Die ganze Nacht durch wird das Schiff ent- und beladen hochtechnisiert und roboterisiert.

  • Day17

    Sanssouci

    July 11 in Germany

    Our next stop was Schloss Sanssouci, a palace built for Frederick the Great. Frederick wished to live “sans souci”, which means without worries in a palace outside the city. In 1745 he commissioned his favourite architect, Georg Wenceslaus von Knobelsdorff, to construct a palace in the Rococo style of his own design. In addition to the main palace, there are a number of other buildings constructed on the property, along with terraced gardens, fountains and much much more. Frederick was a kind and benevolent King who introduced fruit and vegetables onto the estate to ensure there was food for the people. We wandered around the estate for a couple of hours taking it all in.Read more

  • Day17

    Flowers of Sanssouci

    July 11 in Germany

    The gardens at Sanssouci and grounds are massive and they require constant attention. There is a large staff of gardeners constantly working on the estate to keep it looking good. In the winter, the hundreds of potted plants are moved into the Orangerie to avoid the frost and cold - that in itself is a huge undertaking.Read more

  • Day17

    Folke’s father-in-law had told him of a lovely restaurant on the River Havel which was not touristy, and so we decided to have lunch there. It was a beer brewery situated right on the river with beautiful views back to the bridge. We had a delicious lunch. Ian tried their local beer, and even Folke had a beer! It was very relaxing sitting outside in the sunshine taking in the wonderful surroundings.

    Something we have picked up from Folke but is also said by many Germans is the word SUPA (super or great) which they use a lot and that I will add to my vocabulary.
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  • Day17

    Schloss Cecilienhof

    July 11 in Germany

    After a delicious lunch we decided we needed to do some walking, and so we headed off to have a look at Schloss Cecilienhof, the home of Crown Prince Wilhelm. It is a little palace built in the style of an English country house. It was the venue used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference - the meeting of UK (represented by Churchill and Attlee), USSR (represented by Stalin), and USA (represented by Truman) to decide on how to administer the defeated Nazi Germany, which had agreed to unconditional surrender on 8 May, 1945. The goals of the conference also included the establishment of post-war order, peace treaty issues, and countering the effects of war.Read more

  • Day17

    Up until this point in the day we had seen beautiful and interesting places around Potsdam. This next stop was anything but pleasant or beautiful. This was a remand prison of the Soviet secret service (KGB), located in Potsdam amongst houses. What was most disturbing about this place was that it was operational until the early 1990’s, and Folke had been in the town while it was still operational, and had no idea of its existence. The building that was the prison had previously been a vicarage. Initially both Soviet and German citizens (mainly Nazis accused of war crimes) were imprisoned and interrogated here. In military tribunals some were sentenced to death, while many others were sent either directly to gulags in the USSR, or to so called ‘special camps’ that the Soviets had set up after WWII. In 2004 it was officially listed as an historical monument.

    Reading the stories of some of the people incarcerated there was heartbreaking, and so sad. There are very few records on most of the inmates of this prison- only a few cases could be clarified through extensive research, and these make up part of the memorial.
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  • Day17

    We finished our exploring of Potsdam and headed back to Berlin, stopping at Wannsee House. The house and grounds are situated on Wannsee lake, and are beautiful. The house was built in 1915 and was owned by an industrialist. It was used by the SS from 1941 to 1945 as a conference centre and guest house. On the 20th of January 1942, fifteen high-ranking representatives of the SS, the NSDAP, and various ministries met to discuss their cooperation in the planned deportation and murder of the European Jews.

    The SS representatives reported to the state secretaries on the murder campaign which had been carried out by special units in the Soviet Union since August 1941, and on the killing methods already in use. What is now referred to as the “Wannsee Conference” was chaired by Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the Reich Security Main Office. His deportation expert, Adolph Eichmann, drew up a protocol of the meeting, which was found in 1947 in the foreign ministry files.

    The Wannsee Protocol documents with disturbing clarity the plan to murder European Jews, and the active participation of Germany’s public administration in this genocide.

    The exhibition documents the prehistory of the National Socialist persecution of Jews, the process of social exclusion, deprivation of rights and expulsion between 1933 and 1939, and the deportations, confinement to ghettos and the murder of the European Jews in German-controlled territories. It was a sad and difficult exhibition to walk through, and reading the accounts of victims and survivors was very emotional, and we left with a heavy heart.

    Many prisoners used art to maintain their personal dignity in a nameless prisoner society where they were branded and reduced to a number. They wanted to capture their experience of trying to cope with circumstances in the camps from day to day. There were only a few places in the camp where prisoners had the chance to produce art, unobserved by the SS. It was often difficult to get the materials and prisoners risked death if their drawings were discovered.
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Hamburg, Freie und Hansestadt, Hambourg

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