Our final country we visited on the Europe trip was Germany. While it was one of my favorite places we went, it started out on a somber note: visiting a concentration camp, Dachau.
Although this was not a happy and exciting experience like the rest of the trip, it was incredibly moving. Seeing where the prisoners used to sleep, where they were killed, where they were buried… Very hard to look at, but enlightening as well.
After we left Dachau, we continued on our way to Rothenberg ob der Tauber, which would be our home for the next two and a half days. It was a long drive, but well worth the wait.
Rothenberg is an old, medieval walled city, so perfectly preserved that when you step inside the walls you feel like you were transported back in time.
If it wasn’t for the modern clothing, smartphones, and cars, I would’ve believed I had stepped back into 950 AD.
The city was eerily enchanting. The skies were constantly overcast and grey, adding to the mysterious feeling. There was one bright spot in the whole town: a giant Christmas store, three stories high, filled with more Christmas things than I had ever seen in my life.
The picture doesn’t do it justice. It truly felt like a winter wonderland!
On the last night of the trip, we took a walking tour of the city, led by a Night Watchman. He told us about the history of the city and what the night watchemen of long ago did to protect the city at night. Like everything else about this city, it was creepy, but really cool.
Sadly, this amazing trip had to come to an end. We boarded the plane back home with heavy hearts and tired eyes, but knowing that we would remember this trip forever.
My final My Travels post about the incredible time I was able to spend travelling across Europe would not be complete if I didn’t take the time to thank the wonderful people that spent these sixteen days with me. To Megan, Hanna, Kailani, Connor, Ben, Ryan, Kevin, Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. C, and so many more: Thank you for making memories with me that will truly last a lifetime.
Be sure to be on the lookout for my next My Travels post which will highlight the trip I took to New York this summer with my family!
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