Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 7 ~ Munich

 On a carriage ride up to Neuschwanstein Castle

 Huge slugs we saw on our way up

In front of one of the castle towers

 View of the valley

 The bridge next to the castle

 A picture taken from previous bridge. Taylor was so brave!

 My Hansel & Gretel...

 Architecture of the village

 A castle across the way, don't know the name???

Valley view

The lake next to the castle, complete with wild swans

 View of Neuschwanstein Castle from the bridge

In the shadows of the forest behind the crematorium at Dachau

 A memorial for Holocaust victims at Dachau whose ashes were just discarded behind the crematorium

 A sculptural memorial 

 The entrance building at the Dachau Concentration Camp

The gate that all of the prisoners passed through as they entered the camp. 

We arrived in Munich safely, and more important arrived at our hotel safely with Bill driving! (more to come in the next post)  Our day started the next morning with a visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle.  This castle is nestled in the hills of Bavaria and is the inspiration for the castle at Disneyland.  We had a very nice tour where we met a family from Alpine, Utah.  It is such a small world!  We learned that this castle was built in the 1880's and had running water, flushing toilets and central heating.  Sign me up!!! It was surrounded by breathtaking country side.  Then we made our way to Dachau Concentration Camp.  It was a very sobering experience and we all came away with a greater respect for human life, and an unbelievable appreciation for our freedom and our country.