Easton students explore German ruins, peaks and culture

They explored the ruins of a 1,000 year old castle.

They rode a gondola to the highest point in the German Alps.

Easton area high school students spent 18 days in Germany in June and July 2018 as part of a cultural exchange program.

And the Easton Area High School students who participated in these activities also gained a better understanding of a different culture.

Ten Easton-area high school students returned in mid-July from an 18-day trip to Germany.

This was the Easton-area school’s third exchange with Werner-von-Siemens Gymnasium, a high school in southern Germany that prepares students for university.

“By attending a German high school and living with a host family, students gain very meaningful insight into the lives of German teenagers, their families and the community they live in,” said Karen, German teacher at Easton Area High School. Doerr in a press release.

The trip followed a visit by German students and their teacher, Corinna Fruhwirth-Haberler, to Easton in October 2017.

The Easton students’ trip to Weissenburg, Bavaria, was part of an exchange program under the auspices of the German-American Partnership Program operated by the Goethe Institute and funded in part by the U.S. Department of State and the Office of the German Foreign Office.

Students from the Easton region visited the historic towns of Nuremberg, Bamberg and Ausberg.

Le rode a gondola to the Zugspitze. They spent two nights in Heidelberg, where they stayed in a hostel and explored the ruins of a 1,000-year-old castle.

Records regarding Weissenburg date back to 867 AD, Doerr said. The city was founded by the Romans and stood on the border of their empire. Roman baths discovered by a landlord in the 1970s have been excavated, restored and placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Doerr said.

“Through this type of exchange, rather than a tourist-type trip, young people learn a lot more about the cultures of both countries and can practice and improve their German language skills,” Doerr said.

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