Since my dad has been stationed in Germany for three years, I get to see a lot of Europe. This summer we went on a trip to Bavaria and I got to see a lot of places. I had the best experience ever because it was something different to see. I got to visit the highest mountain in Germany, also known as, The Zugspitze. I also saw one of the most famous castles, NeuschwansteinCastle. After that, we visited a castle called, Linderhof. Then,I got to visit the Dachau Concentration camp.
The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. It stands about 10,000 feet above sea level. It was about 3°C and had snow on the top when I went. We rode up the mountain in a cogwheel train and down in a cable car. There are places to shop and to eat on the top of the mountain. We went to the diner and had a cup of hot chocolate. I tried to look down from the top, but I couldn’t see because the top was in the clouds that day. If it wasn’t so cloudy, we would have saw three countries; Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. It was an amazing thing to experience because now I can say that I had hot chocolate on top of the highest mountain in Germany.
The NeuschwansteinCastle was a masterpiece known as “The Cinderella Castle”.This castle was built for King Ludwig II (1845-1912), who died before it was finished. He intended to build six castles in Bavaria, but before he fulfilled his dream, his body was found in LakeStarnberg. To this day it isn’t finished. They just finished some of the rooms for public view. We couldn’t take pictures inside the castle, but I took pictures from the outside. My favorite room was the throne room because it was the built with magnificent paintings everywhere and there were marble stairs leading up to the throne. There was a huge chandelier in the center of the room with thousands of sparkling crystals and about a hundred candles. The castle was beautiful even though it wasn’t finished. I was impressed by all the details defined in each room.
We also visited another castle by King Ludwig II called, Linderhof. He wanted it to look like a smaller version of the Palace of Versailles because he adored it so much. There was gold everywhere and a room with mirrors that looked as if the room was extending. He also had a big man-made cave in the back of the palace with a pond. Like Neuschwanstein, I couldn’t take pictures inside but I got the pictures of the outside.
Lastly, we visited the Dachau concentration camp. It was one of the first concentration camps in Germany. It only consisted of men and wasn’t known as a death camp, but people still died of starvation and sickness. The gate at the beginning read,”Arbeit Macht Frei,” which means,” Work sets you free.” It was really shocking seeing how those people were treated and the way they had to live. In 1945, there were nearly 41,600 dead Jewish prisoners. When the Americans came to free the prisoners, thousands and thousands of people were rescued.
I learned a lot from my trip to Bavaria. This was a once in a lifetime experience for me. I hope that you can visit one day because it’s not just educational, it’s fun, too.
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