My semester in Rome concluded on April 30. Before returning to the States I spent a little over a week in Germany and two days in London. I had a Deutsche Bahn six day rail pass so traveled to several places in Germany including Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Kandel, Karlsruhe, Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze mountain peak), Berlin, and Dessau (Bauhaus). It was a lot to take in, but my week was fairly relaxed and most of my time was spent simply walking around and exploring different places. It was very interesting to see the contrast between cities and towns in Germany compared to Italy, and of course the U.S. Most places I saw in Germany were extraordinarily clean, orderly and organized. Given my family’s mostly German heritage I really enjoyed visiting Germany and felt pretty comfortable with the little bit of German I retain from high school and was able to fit in pretty well.
To present my travel experience most effectively I’ll break up my posts by city, rather than a strict chronology or conventional “travel blog.” That said, I list below a brief summary of my journey schedule, mostly for my own documentation. See all my photos from Germany and London on Flickr.
30 Apr Flight from Rome to Frankfurt Hahn –> bus to Frankfurt –> train to Stuttgart
1 May Train to Kandel, day exploring
2 May Train to Munich via stop in Karlsruhe
3 May Day in Munich
4 May Train to Garmisch-Parenkirchen –> Zugspitze (highest peak in Germany)
5 May Day in Munich, Deutsches Museum
6 May Train to Berlin
7 May Day in Berlin
8 May Train to Dessau (Bauhaus)
9 May Flight from Berlin to London Stansted, day exploring
10 May Day in London, London Transport Museum
11 May Flight from LHR –> DTW –> CID (home)