18 Middle School students spent 5 days discovering Munich and experiencing German culture.
Head of German, Mrs Phillipa Sykes, tells us more:
Saturday 13th October
The students’ exploration of German culture began on public transport from the airport to the city; despite extensive works and track closures, they negotiated the S-Bahn and bus with aplomb. Travelling by Straßenbahn to the city centre, the group then walked from Theatinerplatz to Odeonaplatz, taking in the splendid Theatinerkirche and Feldherrnhalle. This was followed by a tour of the NS-Dokumentationszentrum, where the Oakhamians impressed the guide with their interest and knowledge.
Sunday 14th October
Sunday saw a visit to the Bavarian Film Studios, where they toured the sets of some classic German films and had an exciting green room experience. The afternoon was spent in the Englischer Garten, seeing the infamous surfers on the Eisbach (a small, two kilometer long, manmade river) - plus some die hard sunbathers enjoying the autumnal sunshine! That evening everyone experienced the atmosphere of a Bavarian Beer Hall at the Augustiner Keller, where the students sampled some traditional Bavarian dishes.
Monday 15th October
Monday started with some German lessons, after which the group travelled by U-Bahn to the iconic Allianz Arena, where the students enjoyed a tour of the stadium and Erlebniswelt (Germany's biggest football club museum). Before having an evening meal at the trendy ‘Ruffs Burger’, some students spent time in the city centre whilst a small group chose to visit the memorial to the White Rose Resistance Movement (a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in the Third Reich) at the University. It was Freshers’ Week, so as an added bonus they experienced the buzz of new students milling around the foyer.
Tuesday 16th October
After lessons on Tuesday and a walk to the Viktualienmarkt, which was a fabulous market in the centre of the city with Wurststände (sausage stalls) galore, they then travelled by U-Bahn to the BMW Welt. Everyone had a fascinating hour in the museum learning about innovation and plans for a more environmentally sustainable approach to transport.
Whilst some of the group then relaxed in the Olympiapark and took in the sun, others went to the top of the Olympiaturm and walked through the Olympic village. That evening, our meal was at Wirtshaus an der Au (which was for many the best meal of the trip), and all had the opportunity to try German Knödel.
Wednesday 17th October
A visit to the Deutsches Museum, a museum of science and technology was arranged on Wednesday morning. The museum's special exhibition was about the energy transition and the importance of sustainable living, so was relevant and interesting for the Oakhamians. Later, with typical reliability and ease, we travelled by S-Bahn to the airport after a wonderful few days exploring Munich in the sunshine.