‘Germany: More than the Alps, Beer, and Castles’ Category

Home Sweet Home

10 hour flight across the Atlantic from Munich – check. Going through customs in Chicago – check. Finally flying home to MN – CHECK! After a fun, educational and busy month abroad, everyone has made it safely home! This month couldn’t have been possible with the help and hard work of many – including Liza, […]

Germany: Much More than Alps, Beer and Castles

A great teacher once told me, “Many years from now, people will seldom remember the things you said. Your actions will often be forgotten too. But what people will almost never forget, regardless of how much time has passed, is the way you made them feel”. For our group’s final day in Germany we all […]

Gusties in the Mountains; an Unexpected Journey

While they did not find themselves battling a greedy dragon on the slopes of the lonely mountain, an unexpected journey was already brewing when the Gusties stepped onto the bus destined for the Bavarian Alps this morning. Today’s tour brought us through some of  Bavaria’s most remarkable places. Stop Number 1: Ammergau. Located deep within […]

Beautiful Sights

Today was a day of beautiful sights (and beautiful weather). We drove to the Alps and stopped at some churches, castles, and even an Olympic stadium while we were there. We got lucky with great weather – a perfect winters day. The first castle we visited was Linderhoff Palace. It was King Ludwig II’s hunting […]

A Heavy Day of Experiencing and Exploring

    As Kirsten points out in her blog post, our day began in the town of Dachau at the site of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial.  We spent over four hours reflecting and remembering the thousands of people who died during their imprisonment at the camp from 1933 to 1945.  It was truly an […]

A Day at Dachau

Getting out of bed in the morning is generally hard, but it’s especially hard when you know you’re going to be visiting a concentration camp. Around 9:30 this morning, a very quiet group of Gusties made the trip to Dachau Concentration Camp, about ten miles northwest of Munich. In 1933, Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the […]

Snow Day: München Style

I must say that picturesque snow, tired students and an excited tour guide was the best way to start our first full day in München. As we began loading the bus this morning around 9:30 am, the snow started to fall. At first it fell so softly and beautifully, then it became more fierce and […]

The Last Journey

Munich, the city of angels, wait no that’s not right. Munich, the city of the past; a strange but fitting name. As we soon found out today. Bavaria is something of a special place here in Germany. For most people living in the United States it is the image of Germany that comes to mind. […]

Munich Here We Come!

Today was the day we packed up our things and traveled to our last destination of the trip, Munich! This morning, we got up and had the morning to tour the medeival city of Rothenburg. Everyone had their own plans for the morning but we all chose to tour inside the church of St. Peter. […]

Hello Munich!

Our day started out by exploring the St. Jakobs’ Church, a Lutheran church built between the 14th and 15th century.  The inside of the church was beautiful. The altar at the front of the church folded out into a scene suitable for the Christmas season, while the outside of the folds were more suitable for […]