Wednesday turned out to be one of the longer days of the trip, and I found myself exhausted by the end of it. We had breakfast at the hotel and then took a bus to Hirschvogel. This was about an hour and a half long bus ride. The site visit started off with a presentation from a very knowledgeable presenter. He had a good mix of talking about the engineering side of Hirschvogel and the business side. At the end of the presentation, he talked about the strategy of Hirschvogel and how they prepare for the future which I found very interesting. Dr. Feick had one question about whether Hirschvogel was nervous for a future with automated cars and car sharing because it would mean less cars on the road and less business for Hirschvogel and I found the presenter’s answer quite interesting. He said that automated cars could actually mean more cars on the road which would mean more business for Hirschvogel. I thought this answer was fascinating because I never thought about how automated cars could mean more cars. His presentation was cut short because someone else needed the room. We then went on a factory tour which I found so cool. We saw all the different types of forging that Hirschvogel uses. I was amazed how automated the process was. Robots were used at almost every single step of the forging process. I thought that steel forging was done by humans, but I guess I was wrong. After the tour, we were given a lunch by Hirschvogel which was very nice of them.
We then got back on the bus and went another hour south to a town called Oberammergau. It was a really cute, old-style town. We had an hour of free time where we mostly just shopped. We went to a famous Christmas shop called Kathe Wolfhart where I bought my mom a Mother’s Day present. After the free time, we took a lift up to the top of a mountain where we had an incredible view of the Alps. This was one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen in my life and I could have stayed atop that mountain forever. Thanks to Brad, a picture of all the business students holding the business flag made it onto the coveted Pitt Business Instagram page. After a good amount of time just being mesmerized by the view, we took a lift back down to the bottom where we got back on the bus and headed back to Augsburg. A group of us went downtown to get dinner from a food cart. I had a very large bratwurst that completely filled me up. Somehow, I made room for some gelato that we found. I got strawberry flavored which was very tasty. As I said earlier, Day 4 was exhausting, but I had a great time.