A World War 2 themed trip in Europe

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24th Jan 2019

I had read about World War II in my history books. Reading about it itself made me sad, how would it be to experience it. We can't go back in time, but we can travel to those places where the traces of the history are still alive! So when I got a chance to go on World War II themed trip for 12 days in Europe, couldn't say no!

Day 1

First stop was Frankfurt, Germany! Landing around afternoon, we set out for a walking tour across the city! Stopping by one of the Germany's oldest churches, city wall, a bunker built on the ruins of synagogue and more!

St. Justinus church built around 830

Photo of Frankfurt am Main, Germany by Nivetha Kannan
Day 2

Frankfurt by foot!!  We visited the Jewish holocaust memorial, the book burning memorial, Kaiserdom, the Eisem Steg Bridge and the Romerberg Square!

Jewish holocaust memorial

Photo of Frankfurt am Main, Germany by Nivetha Kannan

Kaiserdam

Photo of Frankfurt am Main, Germany by Nivetha Kannan

Eiserned steg bridge

Photo of Frankfurt am Main, Germany by Nivetha Kannan
Day 3

Visiting Nazi party rally sites and the Nazi party Documentation centre was one of my favorite things in this trip. The Nazi party documentation centre has the entire history from how Nazi party began and the ways they used to influence people. It was mind blowing!!

Holding a electronic guide and walking through the documentation centre

Photo of Nuremberg, Germany by Nivetha Kannan

Photo of Adolf Hitler in the Documentation centre

Photo of Nuremberg, Germany by Nivetha Kannan

The rally ground

Photo of Nuremberg, Germany by Nivetha Kannan
Day 4

It was time for some segaway tour around the old town in Bratislava!!

One of the famous statues in Bratislava old town

Photo of Bratislava, Slovakia by Nivetha Kannan

Bratislava castle

Photo of Bratislava, Slovakia by Nivetha Kannan

Slovak National theatre

Photo of Bratislava, Slovakia by Nivetha Kannan

Mounted on segaways

Photo of Bratislava, Slovakia by Nivetha Kannan
Day 5

Vienna city walking tour! Felt so bad that had we had not more than a day to soak in the city!

Photo of Vienna, Austria by Nivetha Kannan

The emperor Franz monument

Photo of Vienna, Austria by Nivetha Kannan

Vienna city centre

Photo of Vienna, Austria by Nivetha Kannan

Beautiful streets of Vienna

Photo of Vienna, Austria by Nivetha Kannan
Day 6

A day close to nature is always beautiful! Explored Koscieliska valley walk!!

In the middle of the river

Photo of Zakopane, Poland by Nivetha Kannan

The beautiful path of the valley

Photo of Zakopane, Poland by Nivetha Kannan
Day 7

Kasprowy wierch day!! Who doesn't like snow capped mountains!!

Kasprowy wierch

Photo of Zakopane, Poland by Nivetha Kannan
Photo of Zakopane, Poland by Nivetha Kannan
Day 8

The most awaited day of the trip! Auschwitz and Birkenau Camps!!  Visiting the concentration camp which hung with such a heavy feel to it. It was experience that made everyone she'd some tears.

The entrance of the Auschwitz camp that reads 'work sets you free'

Photo of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Ofiar Faszyzmu, Oświęcim-Brzezinka, Poland by Nivetha Kannan

The railway that brought the Jews to the camp

Photo of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Ofiar Faszyzmu, Oświęcim-Brzezinka, Poland by Nivetha Kannan

Things of the victims that were snatched and piled up

Photo of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Ofiar Faszyzmu, Oświęcim-Brzezinka, Poland by Nivetha Kannan

Images of people who had spent just a few months in the camp

Photo of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Ofiar Faszyzmu, Oświęcim-Brzezinka, Poland by Nivetha Kannan

Birkenau camp

Photo of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Ofiar Faszyzmu, Oświęcim-Brzezinka, Poland by Nivetha Kannan

Portraits of victims of Auschwitz

Photo of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Ofiar Faszyzmu, Oświęcim-Brzezinka, Poland by Nivetha Kannan
Day 9

We spent the day with University students from Poznan, learning from them about their education and other things. Then we explored the night life of Poznan.

Photo of Poznań, Poland by Nivetha Kannan
Day 10

The last 3 days we were at homestays, living with Polish family, getting to know about their culture and lifestyle. We visited various tourist places in the city! Warsaw was destroyed completely during the World War and the citizens have come back together after the war to rebuild the city exactly as it were before.

Warsaw Rising museum

Photo of Warsaw, Poland by Nivetha Kannan

Warsaw Old Town

Photo of Warsaw, Poland by Nivetha Kannan
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