The Thomas Hardye School

Austria Trip February 2019

Austria Trip

With much excitement and great anticipation from planning the trip to Munich and Salzburg it was time for our visit… we left at 1300 hours on Friday 15th February and headed for the city of Munich, Germany.

Two staff (Miss Hunter and Mrs. Biddle) and six students spent a night in Munich, sleeping in a youth hostel and spending time in the city on Saturday 16th February. This gave everyone the opportunity to meet up with their German Exchange partner for lunch and to explore the city. A variety of sightseeing activities were undertaken including the Rathaus and the the focal point of Munich's historic inner city the large, open square, the Marienplatz, where we paused to watch the animated clock play out its legend.

That afternoon we left Munich on the snow train headed for Salzburg. We arrived at dusk, just in time to see the sun disappear behind the snowcapped Berchtesgaden Alps. This made us very excited to see the views the following day. After dinner in an Austrian cafe, where the majority of our party had wiener schnitzel we headed off to bed ready for our first full day in the birthplace of Mozart.

Sunday 17th February-  after the ‘all we could eat’ for breakfast in the hostel our students were charged with buying Salzburg tickets- giving us entry to all the sights, attractions and museum s on our itinery. Tickets successfully purchased in German, we headed for the funicular to the fortress of Salzburg. Truly Bavarian remains, crumbling walls and old battlements with the most spectacular views to the Austrian mountains. In the afternoon we took the Mönchsberg lift to the viewing platform and spent some time in the Museum of Modern Art Mönchsberg, taking in a diverse range of exhibitions and collections. After our evening meal we headed to the ‘Scavenger Escape, Salzburg’- the Escape room to be completed in German. Success!!! Our students successfully cracked codes and used their German knowledge and vocabulary to escape. The host also complimented our students on their level of German and clear understanding of the language.

On Monday 18th February we visited the Bible Museum and what a place it was! An interactive museum about discovering and understanding being human and humanity, we visited a 600m2 oriental market, walked across a 40m2 map of the Mediterranean, slide down a slide to hell and spent time in a uterus! This museum is the only one of its kind in Europe! After bring re-born we boarded a bus to Mozart’s Residence where his family lived from 1773-1780. It was in this house that Mozart produced many symphonies, concertos, arias, masses and other sacred music. We then moved on to Mozart’s birthplace. On display in the museum are family portraits, manuscripts and souvenirs from the Mozart family. We also saw Mozart’s concert piano, clavichord, his childhood violin and viola. After this we moved into the Dom Quartier, the old part of the town where the students were allowed some free time to orientate themselves and wander the many beautiful streets and alleyways.
In the evening the students watched ‘How to train your Dragon’ in German of course!

On Tuesday 19th February we took the bus to the Untersburg cable car and ascended the highest mountain in the vicinity of Salzburg. At 1,853m we could see the whole of the Salzburg basin, the Watzmann (second highest mountain in Germany) and into Bavaria. From the top station we also enjoyed a 360o panoramic view, a truly breath-taking and memorable experience.

That evening we had dinner at Barenwirt Traditional Austrian Restaurant. Overlooking the river Salzach we ordered our final traditional meals; covering dishes from Austrian Goulash to Weiner Schnitzel to fish broth- the food was outstanding and our budget also stretched to desserts that night including Kaiserschmarren mit Zwetschkenröster (chopped apple pancakes with plum sauce) Schwarzwälder Kirschtraum mit Schlagobers (Black Forest ice-cream with whipped cream) and Warmer Schokoladekuchen mit Schokoladesauce und Schlagobers (Warm chocolate-cake with chocolate-sauce and whipped cream) WHAT A FEAST!!!

Such an amazing trip with a very special group of students who were fun to be with and who we will never forget.

Mrs Biddle



February 2019