Students in Germany

Posted: July, 19, 2017 - 7:43am

A touch of Germany

German students Ben Henderson, Allana Sullivan, Molly Roth, and Adam Hartzer spent two weeks in Germany with teacher Melissa Haines this summer, seeing the sites and immersing themselves in the culture.

Haines explained that the adventure started with three days in Munich, which included a three-hour bike tour and visits to two of King Ludwig’s castles in the Alps, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. The group spent one day in the well-preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where they took a Night Watchman’s tour (and randomly bumped into Lakes alumnus Jack Christensen ’17).

The students also spent one week with host families in Southwestern Germany near Lake Constance in Meßkirch, Germany. While there, the students visited their host sibling’s school, met the mayor, toured the nearby castle of Sigmaringen, and spent a day at Campus Galli (a Carolingian monastic community where a medieval monastery is being built using the “Plan of Saint Gall,” the only surviving major architectural drawing from the middle-ages that dates back to the 9th Century).

From there, they took the high-speed train north-east to Berlin, where they stayed three days. The group went to the top of the Reichstag, which is the meeting place of the German parliament. They also visited numerous historical sites: the Eastside Gallery, a .8 mile section of the Berlin Wall, which is now the largest open-air gallery in the world; Alexanderplatz; the Brandenburg Gate; Rittersport Schokowelt, the flagship store of RitterSport Chocolate where you can create your own chocolate bar; DDR Museum, an interactive museum where you experience what life was like in East Germany; Checkpoint Charlie; and so much more.

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