Everyone arrived safely in Frankfurt slightly tired from the long trip but excited to start their trip nonetheless! The bus ride was a great chance to catch up on a bit of sleep because we all wanted to be wide awake when we got there...Since we had a bit of extra time we decided to make an extra stop. Surrounded by vineyards the small but beautiful city of Würzburg was our surprise destination. This place has had an illustrious history, it's where Irish missionaries who had hoped to christianize the local barbarians ended up losing their heads instead; where 500 years after that the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa came to get the bishop's approval to divorce his wife and as payment rewarded the bishop with secular rule of the entire Franconia region! Nowadays one can still see the Bishop's residence which is one of the most important Baroque palaces in all of Europe and now that we have seen it with our own eyes we can guarantee it measures up to its reputation. Our second stop was Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a popular destinaton for tourists coming to Germany and as soon as we stepped through the gates of the medieval walls we could immediately see why! It was like stepping into a fairytale. The city was founded in the 1200's and with a population of just over 5000 it was one of the largets cities in the Holy Roman Empire. We started out with a short tour of the city which included the town square with its impressive city hall, the gothic cathedral and a beautiful park where we could look down at the valley and back for a great view of the city's walls. After the tour we had some free time to explore and then it was time to head to our hotel for a great dinner and our well-earned first night's sleep in Germany.