Day 7 was another day in which we visited various sites associated with the Nazis and the Holocaust. We spent the morning looking around Sachsenhausen concentration camp and then visited the Olympic stadium built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympic Games. However the visit to the Villa where the Wansee conference took place was the most chilling of all. It was here that the lawyers and bureaucrats of the Nazi regime met to finalise plans for the Final Solution. Genocide by the seaside.
It’s day 6 and we spent 12 hours walking around Berlin visiting sites mainly associated with the Cold War. You can see some pics below of a section of the Berlin Wall as well as Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate.
Day 5 and we arrived in Berlin just in time for a group photo in front of the Reichstag just as the sun was setting.
History trip to Poland and Germany Day 4: We spent the morning exploring the Wieliczka salt mine. The mine dates back to the Middle Ages and was the main source of revenue for the Polish monarchy. We spent nearly 4 hours underground and walked through almost 2 km of tunnels which still only accounts for 1% of the total size of the mine. After dinner we had a wonderful time exploring Kraków on the tram system.
This is the first post from the trip to Poland and Germany. We arrived on Saturday the 9th July and have now spent nearly 3 days in Kraków. Highlights over the weekend have included visiting the Oskar Schindler museum in Kraków and the World War Two Jewish Ghetto. On Monday afternoon we spent 4 hours visiting Auschwitz. I don’t think any of us were really prepared for the sheer scale of the site and The emotional impact it had on us all.