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Krakow: Jewel of Central Europe

Krakow is stunning in beauty and charming in personality. The city center dates back to the 12th Century, and we will see many original buildings. Among Krakow's points of significance: Wawel Castle, which we will visit, was built in the 11th Century Krakow's Old Town area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 The Main Square (Rynek Glowny) that you will see has existed in this form since the 13th Century Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, is the 2nd oldest university in Central Europe From 1320 to 1611 Krakow was the capital city of Poland Krakow has a picturesque Old Town and delightful Main Square. Sukiennice, or Cloth Hall, existed since the 12th Century as a grouping of tables or stalls for trade. The roof was placed over them circa 1300. Today you can buy wonderful hand-made souvenirs in Sukiennice located in Rynek Glowny. St Mary's Basilica, constructed in the 14th Century, stands adjacent to the Rynek Glowny. We'll hear the Hejnal, the warning tr
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Dresden - the "Florence of the Elbe"

During our travel between Nuremberg and Berlin we will spend a day in Dresden. Nicknamed the "Florence of the Elbe," Dresden's architecture is exquisite. Much of the city was destroyed toward the end of World War II due to Allied bombing; some of what we view has been rebuilt or restored to pre-war splendor.  Drake University students visit a cathedral, Katholische Hofkirsche, commissioned by King Augustus III in the early 1730s.  Another lovely reconstructed treasure is the Frauenkirsche, which was nearly two centuries old when war bombings reduced it to mounds of rubble. Frauenkirsche was all but destroyed during World War II. Restoration began only after German reunification and included reconstructing cobblestone streets surrounding the church. The Furstenzug is a mural of the history of Saxon rulers. The English translation of the mural's name is "Procession of Princes" and the artwork from the 1870s was overlaid with porcelain tiles at the start of the
  Our travel plan We are planning our travel dates for May 30 - June 14, 2022.  Historic sites we will visit include former concentration camps Dachau, Auschwitz, and Birkenau as well as important museums in Nuremberg, Berlin, Warsaw, and Krakow. We will also spend time in Munich and Dresden. Travel packages include your three Drake University credits for your Historical Foundations AOI or an INTD, round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, English speaking guides for city tours and historic sites, admission fees where applicable, at least one meal per day, travel transfers and inter-city public transit passes. Register with us in Terradotta,  under the course title  Germany and Poland: Heritage and Holocaust.

What have other Drake University students said after visiting Auschwitz?

 What have other Drake University students said after visiting Auschwitz? Auschwitz Main Gate: "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work makes one free) Birkenau: remaining chimneys beyond the barbed wire fence Auschwitz Auschwitz "Wall of Death" where prisoners were executed