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    • Day 33

      Sherbet Land

      January 8 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ -5 °C

      I promised the kids something German on our last day to ward off "end-of-trip blues". I needn't have bothered. It turns out that time off at home to hang out with friends before school/uni/work = happy days. What is more German than kart racing?! Like the tourists we are, we spurned the serious tracks for Kombat Racing.Read more

    • Day 36

      36. Füssen - Munich Via Alpine Road

      March 11 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Today we enjoyed the morning at the campsite before carrying on down the Alpine road. We did all the services on the van before heading towards Bad Tölz, the road was super scenic and we passed some big lakes and Germany's highest mountain, called Zugspitze, which is just under 3000 mtrs high. En route we did a big food shop to stock us up for the next few days. We went over a lovely mountain pass again to nearly 1000mtrs which is screenshotted below, Gracie drove this one as I drove the last one and it all was successful, despite being so windy, Maddy joined us in the cab for this one 😂

      When we arrived at Bad Tölz, we decided to head to Munich as we wanted to visit the city as we haven't been to a big German city yet. There is also a concentration camp called Dachau which we want to visit. We headed to a park up just outside Munich, which is ideal as we can jump straight onto the train to Munich and then visit the camp the following day.

      It is a slightly dodgy car park so not too sure what to do with Maddy when we head to Munich, but still nice to finally find a cheap park up as south Bavaria has been very expensive!

      After updating penguins we are watching a film called One Life and then early night for big day tomorrow in Munich.
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    • Day 15

      Dachau en Donau

      July 16, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Floor en ik zijn vandaag naar Dachau ( concentratiekamp) geweest, even heel serieus dus !
      Zeer indrukwekkend maar ook blij dat veel jeugd aanwezig was, zodat ook zij zien wat er zich heeft afgespeeld en dit misschien kunnen voorkomen.
      Daarna naar een gratis camperplek aan de Donau, helaas geen zwemmen , daar is de stroming te sterk voor. Wc's niet zo proper. Gelukkig hebben we ook onze eigen. Poepen maar even niet en ophouden tot de volgende stop.
      Maar wel Bbq en vanavond 3 vuurplekken met de andere camperaars,
      Nu al zin in.
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    • Day 9

      Dachau Concentration Camp

      June 18, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Concentration camp.
      The first permanent camp ever made - became the blue print for the rest. I didn't take many photos because it was extremely icky.

      Needed a beer after the 5 hour experience! 😩

      Also, snail
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    • Day 4

      Dachau, and Olympic Park

      February 24, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      After a hearty breakfast we caught the local train and bus to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, approximately 16km north of Munich.

      Dachau was the longest operating concentration camp, established by Hitler in 1933 to house political prisoners. It was designed to accommodate 2,600 inmates, but when it was liberated in 1945, 32,000 prisoners were present.

      There's very few original buildings now standing, the notable exception being the crematorium. Mass killings didn't occur at Dachau, but overwork, overcrowding and poor diet led to high levels of illness and death.

      After lunch we returned to the central train station, then caught a tram to Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Olympic Games. We got good views of the area from the top of Olympic Mountain, one of the highest points in Munich with 360 degree views of the city. Our visit was cut short when it started raining, but not before we found one of the best caches we've ever seen, built into the geodetic reference marker on top of the hill.

      Dinner was at a traditional Bavarian restaurant, pork knuckle and beer beef goulash 😋
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    • Day 111

      Dachau, Germany

      July 10, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      We went to the Dachau Concentration camp today. Dachau is only about an hour outside of Munich and was the first concentration camp that Hitler had built. It also was the only camp that was active for all 12 years (1933-1945). It was difficult to walk thru the site, read the stories and picture the horror that took place there.

      The camp began as a prison for political prisoners/enemies of Hitler only, but then grew to one of the largest concentration camps of WW2 housing Jews from multiple countries. It was built to house 2700 - but at its peak, there were 64,000 prisoners there at one time.

      The main exhibition hall has been put in the old buildings - and it is walls and walls of stories and of the history of this place. It was overwhelming reading them. We spent a couple hours there, but to read them all would have taken all day.

      We were allowed to walk thru one of the barracks they lived in. Most had been demolished, but two were still intact. Each barrack had almost 1000 people squished in trying to survive.

      Seeing where they prepared the bodies for execution was almost too much. We walked thru the actual gas chamber they used (disguised as “showers”) and then saw the crematoriums. They said in the end they didn’t “waste time” gassing anyone, they would simply hang them on the wooden beam in front of the crematorium chambers until dead, and then burn them.

      Eventually, they quit burning the bodies and just piled them outside the fences. When the Allies arrived in 1945 to liberate the camp, they first came upon the thousands of dead bodies in stacks, before they could ever get to the gates.

      I had read that if you ever get a chance to see a concentration camp first hand, you should do it. I definitely agree. It was very moving and emotional. To walk where they walked, to stand where they stood, to see where they died … something I’ll never forget. Something no one should ever forget.
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    • 22. Juni es wird ernst und ernster

      June 22 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Ja was soll ich sagen, ich habe so ein Fieber …. ein Reisefieber. Ich kann es gar nicht mehr erwarten los zu fahren. Aber morgen ist noch ein wichtiger Tag, der 25. Geburtstag von meinem Sohn. Ich habe mir sagen lassen, dass es da immer was sehr Gutes und Feines zum Essen gibt ( kleines Selbstlob, denn ich steh da am Grill ). Ich hatte auch meine Anfahrt so geplant, dass wir noch gemeinsam feiern können. Das Gepäck ist alles in Packsäcken und Koffer verstaut. Ich denke ich habe genügend vergessen und jede Menge unsinnige Sachen dabei. Ein großer Packsack mit Luma, den warmen Daunenschlafsack, Kopfkissen ist ganz wichtig für einen erholsamen Schlaf und ein paar Anziehsachen zum Wechseln. Von der Menge her ist es eher überschaubar, ich zähle da mehr auf multifunktionale mehrfach Funktion. Also die Unterhose linksrum und rechts zu tragen und man kommt wieder zwei Tage weiter ohne Wäsche. In dem roten Sack ist das Zelt. Ich packe es extra, weil dann kann es auch nass in den Sack und muss nicht zu der Kleidung. Einen Koffer mit Küche, Verpflegung ist wichtig. Ein Koffer mit Krimskrams, Camping Gear und Badeschlappen. Im Schminkköfferchen alles für Regen, zwei paar Handschuhe, ein Klappstuhl, Toilettenpapier und … ach und noch vieles mehr. Kleiner Tankrucksack mit dem ganzen Elektrokabelsteckerkram und eine Powerbar. Irgendwo sind noch zwei Flaschen Wasser drin versteckt.
      Die Salzlampe auf dem Foto nehme ich jetzt doch nicht mit.
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    • Day 5

      Munchen hbf to Treuchtlingen

      December 12, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 34 °F

      9:27-11:20. Goodbye Munich. First train ride towards Rothenburg ob der tabor. I’m working on reading the EURail Ap and figuring out which train to take. I gave myself 30 minutes and needed almost all of it.Read more

    • Day 4

      Altess Schloss

      December 11, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 37 °F

      This castle, more like a very stately manor home and garden, was the home of Maximilian. At one time the King of the Holy Roman Empire. The most beautiful palace. I visited late in the day and was the only person there. The visitor guide said the building is very cold in the winter so few people visit. I was so happy to have taken the time to get here. 2 busses U-bahn 295, and the S1, then the 295 and the u-4.Read more

    • Day 2

      Dachau Concentration Camp

      May 3, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      It was extremely sobering to see the condition 200000 POWs had to endure. The weather was quite warm when we went through the camp but the rooms were still very cold. I hate to think what the temperature would be like in the middle of the winter. Bathing conditions were so minute and the bunk beds were literally like hard tables.Read more

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