Early in December, the Upper Fifth German group visited Munich, with its beautiful architecture and wonderful Christmas markets. We saw Schloss Nymphenburg, an impressive palace with extensive and very well looked-after gardens, had snowball fights at the top of the Brauneck, enjoyed the view over the Alps and tasted some amazing food in the famous beer halls, as well as, of course the Christmas markets.

On Friday morning, after a fairly short night, it was time for our first challenge: visit our German partner school “Nymphenburger Schulen” and speak, in small groups, to real German pupils and show what our pupils had learned. They spoke about different topics and taught each other some great phrases. Afterwards, the pupils had a more formal lesson, before we were invited for a delicious lunch at the school. In the afternoon, we headed for Schloss Nymphenburg, the summer residence of the Bavarian royal family, with its impressive interior and amazing history. Standing in the same rooms, where young Mozart played one of his first concerts, or the fairy tale king, King Ludwig II, was born, which left a lasting impression.

In the late afternoon we travelled into town to experience the wonderful Christmas markets. The boys and girls tried and enjoyed the various food the market had to offer; from sweet chocolate fruit, Lebkuchen (ginger bread) and Krapfen (doughnuts) to Bratwurst, different meats and Kartoffelpuffer. They also discovered beautifully hand-crafted decorations and gifts.

The next day we took the train to Lenggries, before a cable car took us up to the top of the mountain, where we were very lucky to be able to enjoy some amazing views and had some great snowball fights. After a short walk to a small lodge, a hot chocolate and games were exactly what we needed to warm us up. After a tasty Schnitzel in the restaurant, we visited the local Christmas market with plenty of beautiful, hand-crafted presents to buy. In the evening, our pupils were treated to some proper Bavarian customs by visiting a traditional beerhall and enjoying a variety of typical Bavarian foods. Looking at the polished plates, everyone seemed to have enjoyed their food.

The next morning, it was almost time to come home again, but not before we had a very informative, yet interactive guided tour around the town, where we learned, as part of a game, fun and interesting facts about the Bavarian capital.

With plenty of culture and attempts in speaking the local language, as well as lovely things to try, it was definitely a trip to remember!

Frau Waizenegger & The Upper Fifth German Class