After Dachau, the group traveled to Rothenburg, a cozy medieval town that the students had the opportunity to tour on their own for an entire day. An evening tour with the Night Watchman taught the group about the preservation of the town by donors from around the world (including Virginia!) who are recognized on plaques on the ramparts surrounding the city. The architecture and homey feeling of the city was a great time of relaxation after a few days of heavy traveling.
The next leg of the tour took place in the Wartburg Castle and Wittenburg, two pivotal locations in the ministry of Martin Luther. We discovered the castle to which he was banished after the pope excommunicated him for heresy, then toured the city in which he spent most of his life before and after posting the 95 theses. There in Wittenburg, he lived with his family and translated the Bible into modern day German, then spent the rest of his days reforming the church practices perverted during his time by the Catholic Church.
Our tour of Berlin on a beautiful spring day concluded our journey of faith. Remnants of the Berlin Wall and its division of a nation stood as vestiges of a turbulent time period and warnings of the effects of avarice and thirst for power.