Happy Easter everybody! I was planning on making an Easter-related post today but couldn’t think of anything in particular to talk about, so instead I thought I’d mention my holiday/school trip to Berlin and Krakow. Last Sunday, at quarter past six in the morning, I left Wales to go to Berlin, and then on Tuesday I went to Krakow before returning to Wales on Thursday. It was an amazing trip, and I learnt so much from it. The rest of this post is under the cut because there are going to be quite a lot of photos, so enjoy!
After arriving in Berlin on Sunday, we had a two hour walking tour of Berlin planned, which basically involved going to see all the well-known sites in the city. Most of the stuff we did see was to do with the Second World War, which is one of the periods of history I’m currently studying.
We saw both the cathedrals in Berlin, and above is a picture of the Protestant Cathedral. We also saw the Brandenburg Gate, and a statue of Frederick the Great. Although the walk was really tiring after a whole day of traveling, it was really interesting seeing the sights of Berlin. Also pictured above is the Reichstag/Bundestag which is where the government is. In the evening, we were taken on a tour of the Reichstag, where we learnt a lot about its history.
After the tour of the Reichstag, we got to go to the top of the building where they have this amazing dome. I apologise for the terrible quality of the photos, but it was dark and I couldn’t get any good shots. The sights were amazing from the top of the dome though.
The next day we visited Wannsee, where an important conference was held to discuss the Jewish Question, and we also saw some more of Berlin whilst visiting the Topography of Terror and Checkpoint Charlie.
Wannsee was really interesting to learn about, and when we were back in Berlin we saw one of the longest parts of the wall that still remains. Near here there was a museum about the Nazi party, and we spent a long time looking around there. Sadly, by the time we got to Checkpoint Charlie, it was raining quite a bit and no one could really enjoy themselves as much.
The next morning we visited a museum about the opposition in Germany, before an eight hour bus ride to Krakow. We arrived in Krakow quite late, and didn’t get much of a chance to do anything that evening. The next day was our visit to Auschwitz which, as you can imagine, wasn’t a particularly happy day. It was an indescribable experience which was really hard to take in. After that, we visited the main square in Krakow and got to buy souvenirs. We also went back to Krakow on Thursday morning and had a tour of the city, which was really interesting.
I had an amazing time on the trip, and I really hope that I get to visit Krakow again, as well as Berlin. I’d definitely recommend both places to anyone who’s planning a holiday!