German Study Visit

Published on 14 November 2016

German Study Visit

On 20th October a group of 27 students from Years 9 to 13 embarked on a 12 hour journey through four countries which took us to Cologne and Koblenz in Germany. We were accompanied by teachers Frau Brown, Frau Rhoden and Herr Bodo. For many of us it was the first time abroad, or in Germany, so it was an entirely new, exciting experience for everyone.

On our first full day we went to the beautiful city of Cologne. We visited the Kölner Dom (Cologne  Cathedral) which is a huge gothic style cathedral that has been continuously built on since the 1200s. Those of us who could stomach the height climbed the 600 stairs to the top of the tower so  we could look out over the entire city. We spent  the afternoon in the city where we had the opportunity to try and order some traditional German food using our German such as Currywurst.  After exploring the city we made our way to the Schokoladen Museum. We learned about the history of chocolate, saw it being made and of course, got to try some and buy it from the gift shop. Afterwards we walked back along the river to go on a river cruise where we learned about the history of the city and its landmarks. We ordered a drink in German on our river cruise, conversing with the waiter. In the evening we played  games, led by the Year 13 students, which helped everyone to improve their German, and the students filled in their diaries about the day in the German language using the German past tense.

On the second day we went to a castle where we had a guided tour and learned about the origins of the modern day military salute and how they kept their food fresh and cool, even in the summer.  After that we drove to Koblenz. Unfortunately it was raining when we got there but this gave us the chance to practice our German by asking for hot chocolates and coffees in the small cafés we found to shelter in. The weather cheered up by the time we walked to the Seilbahn (cable car) up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which allowed us a stunning view of the Deutsches Eck, where the Rhine and the Mosel meet. In the evening we enjoyed a game of bowling which was won by Lily from Year 13, with everyone else not far behind.

On our last whole day in Germany we went to the Phantasialand Freizeitpark (theme park). This was our day of relaxation and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. There were rollercoasters, haunted houses, log flumes and giant swings – so something for all of us and lots of photo opportunities. That evening the students completed their diaries and then we played Countdown which got extremely competitive (especially the conundrum!).

We’ve all got to know people in other year groups, made memories that will hopefully last a long time, and enjoyed our unique experience in Deutschland.  We experienced the culture of Germany and opportunities to practise speaking the language, which was an extremely worthwhile study visit.

Zoe Bisby and Lily Prentice-Caterer

Year 13 German students