“Learning German is what eternity was made for.” – Mark Twain
Inspired by this great author’s observation, seven German language students are venturing out to Salzburg and Munich this April, to sharpen our skills with the language, and witness firsthand the beautiful German culture.
We love learning new languages at LIS– students can choose French, Spanish or German, added to the language of instruction, English. Of course, the language of our host country Slovenia, is also offered to all students.
Students should be immersed in their acquired language as much as possible, so we look for opportunities to “expand our classroom” outside its walls– for students of German, that means a week this Spring to our neighbors to the North, Austria and Germany.
Traveling by train, with a brief day and night in Salzburg for the famous salt mines, we move on to Munich for the next three days.
German culture (and a few pastries) awaits us as we have booked a number of venues. We will be eating at some traditional German restaurants, including the famous Hofbräuhaus; touring several museums–the highlight being the historic Nymphenburg Palace . We also have an evening tour on one of the nights that features Medieval Germany.
A tour of the German Museum promises to be exceptionally interesting, as it is considered the premiere technical museum of Germany, with a number of recently added exhibits. Wanting to include some fine art emphasis, with a technological twist, we will be visiting Bavaria Filmstradt — a movie studio specializing in animation. We also will watch a 3D short animated film of the studio’s creation.
Our final morning will include a visit to the historic Olympic Park, a tour of the BMW museum and, before catching our train home, an ascent up the Olympic Tower (thankfully by elevator) to catch a fantastic view of Munich, and the surrounding area including a glimpse of the Alps in the distance.
By late morning we will catch the train to Vienna (non-stop this time 😢) and onwards to Ljubljana – we will be ready for a bit of rest at home.
We see what Mark Twain meant- learning German may be (pretty close to) eternal.
Gute Fahrt, liebe Studierende.