Lakeland Union High School German students traveled to Europe June 16-26.
The group left Minocqua on June 26 and flew Paris, France, where they spent two days touring the likes of the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
From Paris, they took a train to Luzerne, Switzerland and spent a couple of nights there “enjoying the Swiss Alps, the beautiful turquoise lakes, and the pristine beauty of Luzerne and surrounding towns,” German teacher Katherin Peterson said.
“We attended a Swiss folklore dinner in which students had an opportunity to yodel, blow the Swiss Alpenhorn instrument, and sample traditional Swiss food,” Peterson said.
Students toured the villages and towns that they had learned and read about in the classroom back home. “They were amazed at the beauty of it all!”
From Switzerland, the group traveled by coach bus to Rothenberg, Germany. A medieval town that still holds all of the charm from the past centuries. Students walked along the cobblestone streets and the city wall that surrounds the town, while enjoying the view of the orange rooftops along the way.
After spending a night there, students traveled to Dinkelsbühl, Germany, to tour the charming village and the unique architecture if the buildings.
The last city on the tour was Munich, Germany, where students spent three nights. They saw the Glockenspiel in the town square and toured all of the sights of the city, including Nymphemburg Palace, the Frauenkirche cathedral, and Marienplatz.
On the final day, students drove into the Alps once again to tour two of King Ludwig’s castles – Linderhof and Neuschwanstein.
They stopped along the way in the town of Oberammergau to see the local wood sculptures and fairy tale paintings on the walls of the houses.
While in Europe, the students were required to speak in the target language as much as possible ... when ordering food, talking to local people, and among themselves during dinner time or any other social time that they could do so.
The students at LUHS have the opportunity to travel every other year in June after graduation and spend two years fundraising in advance. Students do not raise all of the money for the trip but can raise a significant amount to help with the cost.
The students were so impressed that many of them said they want to go back to Europe again some day or study abroad.
The students and chaperones who traveled abroad on this trip are as follows:
Chaperones: Kathleen Peterson and Cheryl Butkus, Kristina Clem and Sheila Clough.
Students: Marjorie Weitz, Melissa Butkus, Madeline Koengeter, Hudson Hunter, Mitchell Houp, Jarrett Radmer, Joseph Jirikowic, Daryl Goodreau, Justin Knox, Breanna Isam, Emily Bushor, Maranda Maulson, Kayla Houp, Kathryn Kaminsky, Anna Lohoff, Emma Derber, Destiny Organ, Katherine Koppa, Kaitlyn Busch, Brenden Emmerich and Cameron Clough.