VSL Study Tour to Germany/Austria

VSL Study Tour to Germany/Austria

Eleven VSL students of German and two VSL Teachers left on a three week study tour to Germany over the summer break. This was the first time that the German Faculty of the VSL Distance Education had organised an overseas trip.


Dresden Christmas Market

The aims were for the students to use German in a variety of real life contexts and to improve communication skills in German as well as to reinforce motivation for continuing to study the language and to enjoy a group learning experience as most students were Distance Education students, which usually don’t have the opportunity to take part in a school exchange.



With Principal Wagner, Adalbert-Stifter-Gemeinschaftsschule

The schools we visited were Adalbert-Stifter-Gemeinschaftsschule (Ulm), Vitzthum-Gymnasium (Dresden) and Hans-Carossa-Gymnasium (Berlin-Spandau).

The first part was spent in southern Germany and Austria, exploring the cities of Munich, Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ulm and Nuremberg.


With host school students, Berlin Alexanderplatz

A tour highlight was being on top of Germany, the Zugspitze mountain (2962m), the highest mountain in Germany.  At the top, an impressive 360° panorama opened up and we had an amazing view over 400 mountain peaks in four countries.

There was also the opportunity to enjoy some snow play and tobogganing, which put a smile onto everyone’s face.


Brandenburg Gate


On top of Zugspitze Mountain

There was also the opportunity to enjoy some snow play and tobogganing, which put a smile onto everyone’s face.

Christmas markets played an integral part of the tour! In every city we were able to enjoy this German tradition.  We sampled lots of culinary delights including a variety of local sausages and gingerbreads for instance at the famous Christkindl market in Nuremberg and the Striezelmarket in Dresden. Students also had the opportunity to look at and buy handcrafted Christmas gifts and soak up the unique atmosphere.


Neuschwanstein Castle


Visiting German schools in Ulm, Dresden and Berlin was an important part of the Study Tour, which provided them with the opportunity to build new friendships. Our students also shared photo presentations, music and a footy workshop with the German host schools.

The final week was spent in Berlin-Spandau, where the students stayed with selected host families and took part in family and school life.


J Bells

Getting ready to to sing Aussie Jingle Bells


Presentation on Australia by student Jacob Hill

As part of the tour students were able to visit many places of historic and cultural significance. These included the concentration camps in Dachau and Ulm, the Dresdner Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and the famous at art collection at the Green Vault in Dresden, the Berlin War Memorial and the Stasi Museum, to name just a few.

The Study Tour proved to be a great success and we are looking forward to our next adventure in the near future. Look out for information regarding future trips.

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