14 July - 35th Year 10 German Exchange with Starnberg Gymnasium


From 8th to 15th July Year 10 students of German were welcomed by their exchange partners in Starnberg near München. The weekends and evenings were spent in families. Our boys witnessed their partners´ confirmation, went to the cinema, shopping, bowling or canoeing, played mini-golf and beach football, or attended judo lessons. They enjoyed food at BBQs, Biergärten or the best burger restaurant in Starnberg and had lots of ice-cream. During the week, they went to Munich, enjoying the views from the Alter Peter Tower and the Olympiaturm, visited the Weiße Rose monument at the university and relaxed in the Englischer Garten watching surfers in the Eisbach. They also had a tour of the BMW Museum, learned about the history of the company and did not only see the most iconic car models but also Elvis Presley´s original BMW, sat on motor cycles and in cars in the BMW World, and walked through the Olympic Park. They visited the world-famous fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein and did a boat trip on Lake Starnberg. They also climbed the 1100 steps to the top of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski jump, where the traditional Austro-German Four Hills Tournament takes place every New Year’s Day. They were introduced to the world of fearless ski jumpers through visiting the judges´ rooms, as well as the free-floating start tower, watching children as young as five defy gravity on some of the practice jumps and learning facts on the popular sport. Another highlight was getting behind the scenes-insights on a background tour of FC Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena, where the boys traced the players´ tracks by visiting the changing and training rooms, as well as the tunnel leading onto the pitch, and learned about the technology of the stadium, as well as the history and values of the club. They also had a taste of life at Starnberg Gymnasium, taking a liking to the more condensed German school days. Most importantly, the boys´ German improved by leaps and bounds. Wir lieben Bayern!


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