As an A-level German student, myself and others were privileged enough to go to Munich as a cohort, enjoying the key tourist sights of the city while immersing ourselves in the culture of a German-speaking city.

The trip began with an authentic German meal, allowing students to try out typical dishes such as ‘Spitzel’ and ‘Wurst’ which many enjoyed! Students also made use of the excellent public transport available in Munich in order to travel between the hotel and the city.

On our second day in Munich, we traveled down to Neuschwanstein Castle, famous for its similar look to the Disney castle at the beginning of films. We enjoyed time in the town below, trying ‘Currywurst’ and taking in the incredible view of the mountains and lake before embarking on the long walk up to the castle. Although the hike was strenuous, many would say it was unquestionably worth it for the gorgeous views at the top of the mountains. Students enjoyed a tour-led guide of the ‘Schloss’, focussing on the architecture and history of King Ludwig before continuing the walk uphill to an even more spectacular view of the castle. It was safe to say that many, including myself, took the opportunity to nap on the drive back to the hotel.

Following the outstanding views of Neuschwanstein Schloss, the next day’s trip into Munich city centre did not disappoint as the group was led on a walking tour created by the sixth formers on the trip. Stops were made at the lucky ‘Lowen statue’ thought to bring good virtues to those who rub the shiny noses. The Feldernhalle was built to commemorate the Bavarian army but was more notably the location of Hitler’s failed ‘Munich Putsch’. We were also lucky enough to visit ‘Geschwister-Scholl-Platz’, home to the White Rose resistance fighters Hans and Sophie Scholl alongside professor Kurt Huber. The walk was filled with history that left everyone thinking as they enjoyed free time in the centre of Munich by the Rathaus before walking to Olympiapark to visit the Olympic stadium of 1972. After exploring the gigantic stadium, students continued their walk to the futuristic ‘BMW world’ where many were able to try out and learn about cars and motorcycles through the years with interactive exhibits and talks.

Whilst visiting a town with such a rich history, it would be impertinent to visit without visiting and acknowledging this history, so on the final day students took a trip to Dachau concentration camp where we were led on an incredible guided tour through the camp whilst learning of the harrowing experiences and realities of Dachau. This was an incredible opportunity to be part of as it became so real walking around the camp whilst learning of the horrors that existed during the Nazi regime.

Following this thought-provoking visit, students made their way to the airport and eventually home but the incredible opportunities to be able to speak German to a native German and immerse themselves in the history and culture of the city are experiences I am sure none will forget!