The next day of our trip (Sept. 12, 2012) was our last one in Germany.
The weather was a little drizzly, it matched the mood of where we started out our day, at the Dachau Concentration Camp. We knew it would be a sad sight, but really felt strongly about going there.
|Dinner at the Hofbrauhaus|
Walking into the camp, you walk through the same iron gate the prisoners walked through with "Arbeit Macht Frei" on it - which sadly means "work makes you free."
Our first stop was the well laid out and educational museum. I didn't know that Dachau was the first real concentration camp, was open for the entire history of the Nazi party all the way through the war, and served as the model and "school" for all other camps. At the center of the museum is a 22 minute film (very emotional) that puts together a lot of old footage and photos of the camp. At the end of the museum you reach the part where they talk about the liberation of the camp by the American soldiers.
The rest of the site is just open to walk around - a prison area with interrogation rooms, cells, crematorium the living quarters. We ended our time there with and a short walk around a peaceful little garden path that featured a few small memorial sites all for various religions.
|hard to read - but it says in Hebrew and English - "Do Not Forget"|
All in all, we were there for almost 4 hours, it was emotionally exhausting but definitely a good and powerful sight to see.
Afterwards we went back into the city, grabbed some food and then lightened up the day with a trip to the BMW Museum!
BMW-Welt is a free-admission exhibition hall and luxury sales floor. I was admiring the Rolls-Royces!
I knew Nick would really enjoy the BMW Museum and I didn't have high expectations - but it was actually really cool! We were inside for two hours and there is a lot to see. Consumer cars, race cars, motorcycles, engines of all types (including airplane), company history, branding and advertising, art (including the very cool moving sculpture, the metal balls suspended from wires that move up and down), and on and on.
|Standing next to a James Bond car|
|hanging out with the oompha band|
|prost! our last day in Germany|
Next stop: Salzburg, Austria