A couple of years ago I heard about this website called EF College Break, now known as EF Ultimate Break, that put together trips around the world. You decide a price rage that suits you and find trips that you’re interested in. They set everything up for you and all you have to do is enjoy your trip. I decided on their trip to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland trip in July 2016. I was very eager but I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.
After months went by it was finally time to hop on the plane for an overnight flight headed to Germany. This was only the second time I had traveled by plane and the first time I had been out of the country. After about 11 hours of flying I finally arrived in Munich, Germany. We had a plan set up to meet our tour director at a restaurant in the airport and I quickly got lost, I couldn’t find it at all. After searching a while I found someone that spoke enough English to point me in the right direction. At this point I was nervous, out of my element and I was thinking to myself “maybe this isn’t for me and I shouldn’t have signed up.” But that changed very quick.
Once most of us met up with Antonio, our amazing tour director, took us to our hostel to meet the other half of the travelers. We all started getting to know each other and quickly became friends. After we all got set up in our rooms and headed out to our first location, Dachau Concentration Camp.
Dachau was the very first concentration camp and it was a lot larger than most of us had expected. The feeling there was intense, it felt surreal to be in a place you only hear about in history books, a place where so many people were tortured and worked to death. We all quietly walked though the camp as we learned most about the history and what took place here. It was an eerie feeling walking through the camp.
The next day we headed to Neuschwantein Castle. It was a long bus ride but well worth it. After sitting on the bus for a while Antonio points out the castle on the side of mountain. It was HUGE! As we all made the long walk up to the castle Antonio told us that we get our own tour of the inside of this amazing place. We all eagerly waited for our tour. As we finally got to enter we were all blown away by the architecture and art that was surrounding us. Security followed us to make sure no one took pictures because unfortunately pictures aren’t allowed inside the castle. That didn’t really make a difference as we were all blown away but what we were looking at. Our tour included learning the history, navigating through the spiral staircases, and discovering the hidden passages and escape routes throughout the castle.
As our tour came to a close we all took our final pictures of the castle and the beautiful scenery around it and made the long bus ride back to our hostel to pack up and get ready to head to our next destination, Venice, Italy.