The Culture and Music of Austria and Germany
Students are visiting Rothenburg and Munich, Germany, Salzburg, and Vienna, Austria. They are immersed in the history, culture, and music of these great cities. Students are visiting historically and culturally significant sites such as the Dachau Concentration camp, Mozart's birthplace, and Schonbrunn palace in Vienna. Click on Read More to view full blog postings.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
We arrived home safely on Wednesday, January 11, after a wonderful 8 days of adventures! We're thankful for safe travels, new friendships, and for the prayers for our safety while we were gone. None of us will ever forget this trip!
Our first evening at dinner in Rothenburg.
Mackenzie Cleary becoming an expert in making
The Van Wycks get a little punchy at
Schönbrunn Palace (Vienna).
A scenic spot on the way to St. Gilgen from Salzburg.
Yes, those are the Alps.
The view from the breakfast room in our Salzburg hotel.
The group in front of the Munich Rathskeller after
our last dinner together.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 09, 2012
Today we left Vienna behind and traveled by bus to Munich, about 5 hours' drive. We stopped at Mauthausen, an Austrian prison camp. It was very sobering and a really powerful experience that none of us will forget. We got into Munich (in the rain, again) about 5 pm, and after a short rest walked to another great German (!) restaurant for Jagerschnitzel. Very tasty. Afterwards, most of us went to the famous Hofbrauhaus for a real taste of Munich life. Other than one of our number not feeling well (Al), we're doing fine.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Update from Vienna
Hello from cold and rainy Vienna. This picture was taken in front of Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna this morning, during one of the few intervals of dry weather. Today after our bus tour of Vienna and walking tour of this very impressive palace (the summer home of the Hapsburg rulers), we had a class in Viennese waltz and a couple of hours to explore the old city on our own. Some of us enjoyed a traditional torte and coffee in a Viennese coffeehouse. Our friends from Kansas head for home tomorrow, and we're off for Munich for our last two days. How fast the time has gone!
Helen Van Wyck
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Update from Vienna, Saturday night
We're continuing to have a great time despite less than ideal weather. Today was mostly cloudy and sometimes rainy and rather cold. On the way out of Salzburg, we stopped at the picturesque mountain town of St. Gilgen, where we all made our own Mozartkugeln (chocolate-covered hazelnut and marzipan). We arrived in Vienna about 4 pm and had a while to wander around and shop. Tonight we visited a wonderful new museum, the Haus der Musik, with lots of interactive exhibits and great historical displays. Our students had the opportunity to virtually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic. Today was Kirsten's birthday, and she got a Sachertorte with a candle in it after dinner. What gorgeous country this is, with so much to see and do. Tomorrow we have a walking tour of Vienna. Many of us have already purchased replacement umbrellas, because our compact little ones from home have been no match for the strong winds here. More rain in the forecast for tomorrow -- not to worry, though, no dampening of spirits.
Helen Van Wyck
Friday, January 06, 2012
Great day today - we had a walking tour of Salzburg in the snow, culminating in a visit to Mozart's birth house. This afternoon we visited the salt mines nearby. Tonight several of us are going to a Mozart concert in the old castle fortress overlooking the city. Great time being had by all!
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Hi from cold and windy Salzburg. We left Rothenburg this morning and stopped for a tour of Mad King Ludwig's grand palace at Herrenchiemsee. It's an incredibly ornate structure, 70% of which remains unfinished, built in the late 19th century in homage to Ludwig's idol, Louis IV. As we left to catch the boat back to the mainland (did I mention the castle is on an island?) the sleet/rain started in earnest, which really made the gale-force winds uncomfortable. We were glad to arrive at our very modern hotel here in Salzburg to dry out and warm up. No Wi-Fi in the hotel--I'm sending this from the sidewalk outside--so no pictures today. Everybody is well and having a great time. More soon!
Helen van Wyck
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - Part 2
Hi everybody --
Just a quick note to say hello from our hotel room in charming Rothenburg. We had a good flight and arrived early in Munich, and then traveled by bus about 2.5 hours to Rothenburg. The "other group," about 15 students from a Catholic high school in Kansas, arrived two days ahead of us and were on the bus already when we got here. We'll be together until Vienna, when they fly home and we continue on to Munich. Our guide is a very knowledgeable Brit named Peter -- a Cambridge grad with degrees in Dutch and German who has a law degree and also works in real estate (!?!) So he will be a big help in getting us places. Everyone seems happy to be here and so far healthy, except for Marv and I, who both have colds. Bad planning there.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - Part 1
Greetings from Rothenburg, where we arrived safely today after a smooth flight to Munich. We met up with the other group we'll be traveling with, 15 high school German students from a Catholic school in Kansas (I'll be more specific by tomorrow) and their adult chaperones. The bus ride to Rothenburg was about 2.5 hours, during which most of us had a brief nap. Our tour guide, Peter, is a bright and energetic Brit with degrees in Dutch and German from Cambridge University. He also has a law degree and works in real estate. The tour guide stuff is just moonlighting, I guess, but he does a great job.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Well, we’re ready to leave on our great adventure to Munich, Rothenburg, Salzburg, and Vienna. We’re praying for safe travels for everybody who’s traveling in the next few days. More to come from the other side of the pond!
Professor Helen Van Wyck