During our fall semester we had a 10-day fall break during which my friends and I decided to explore the Eastern parts of Europe. We flew to Krakow, Poland where we toured the Wawel Castle and from there we bussed and trained everywhere else: We went to Auschwitz and Birkenau for a day to learn more about the concentration and death camps and were almost stranded there. Luckily, we kept our cool and managed to get the last bus in the bitter cold night from Auschwitz back to Krakow from where we took an overnight train to Prague.
After a great breakfast at 6:30 a.m., we finally were able to settle into a place with real beds (a lot more comfortable than the seats in the train I must admit) and got to explore Prague with fantastic views from the Powder Tower and the Prague Castle. We then took a bus to Vienna where we completely immersed into the time of Princess Sissy and Emperor Franz Joseph I: we toured Schloss Schoönbrunn and the Belvedere Castle and more - all by bike!
Then we took a bus to Budapest, where we were lectured about the significance of Buda and Pest (who knew those two were originally two different cities) and were able to peak inside the incredible Hungarian Parliament Building. At the end we got to relax in two of the incredible Turkish Baths, which energized us enough to make our way back to Rome after an incredible 10 days of crazy and mostly weak currencies (the Euro excluded).
Wawel Castle Prague Castle Cathedral View from the Powder Tower
The John Lennon Wall Belvedere Castle Schlosß Schönbrunn
Vienna City Hall Hungarian Parliament Hungarian Parliament at Night
More Blogs From This Author
<p>My name is Kathryn Sommer and I study at Haverford College, a small school right outside of Philadelphia. I am a premed student majoring in biology, though I also have a passion for art, especially drawing and photography, both of which I enjoy the most when traveling. I was fortunate enough to grow up traveling the world, mainly Europe, as I was born and raised in Germany. On one of my shorter trips in my childhood, I have visited Rome and I cannot wait to get to know the city, the culture, and the people better.</p>