Year 8 Trip to Germany
On the 30th November, 55 students and 6 staff set off at the eye watering hour of 4.30am bound for the beautiful Rhine region in Germany. After a smooth and quiet journey, we arrived in the picturesque town of Boppard, right on the banks of the River Rhine and enjoyed a restful evening having dinner and chatting.
On Friday morning we had a guided tour of Marksburg castle, the only castle on the Rhine not to be damaged or destroyed during wartime. This was followed by a visit to the Deutsches Eck, the monument which marks the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle. Mr Cornell told us all about the monument and we got to see the three pieces of the Berlin Wall which serve as a memorial to unity in Germany. We then headed into Koblenz old town to buy our lunch in the Christmas market.
In the afternoon, we headed to Cochem to the wave pool and spent a couple of hours swimming and going down the slides. Some of us braved the outdoor pool, even though the temperature outside was freezing! In the evening we did a quiz that Mr Murrell had prepared and managed to beat the teachers' team confidently!
On Saturday, we took a boat trip down the Rhine and headed to Rudesheim Christmas market where we toured the town with our teachers and completed a town trail. We then had some free time to shop for presents and souvenirs and try out the German specialities at the food stalls.
Despite the illness that took hold, we had a lovely time, spoke lots of German and were able to learn about German culture.
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