After our transatlantic flight, we spent one night in Frankfurt before heading to the former border of East and West Germany.
Frankfurt serves as the financial hub to Germany. Located on the Main River this city has both a modern Manhattan feel to it while maintaining its rich historical character.
While in Frankfurt...
On the second day in Germany before we headed to Geisa, we toured the heart of Germany's banking center. We were guests of the Deutsche Bank. During the tour we learned about the bank and how it prides itself in community relations, volunteering, and environmental sustainability. The building pictured to the right is the Deutsche Bank building. It uses no air conditioning and most of the building uses rain water for plumbing.
While in Geisa...
City of Vacha
Point Alpha, near Geisa is home to the former East/West border. This small town was an observation post overlooking the Fulda Gap. This site also houses a museum detailing what life was like in East Germany under the German Democratic Republic (GDR).
To gain greater knowledge on the education system in Germany, we visited several schools throughout our trip. The first of 4, we went to Johann-Gottfried-Seume Gymnasium Vacha where we had a chance to tour the facility and participate in a seminar with many of the school's students. We also had a chance to have lunch in their cafeteria. Different from the U.S., students in Germany begin to be tracked in their education after 4th grade.