Thursday 22 Oct, 2015

A True Bavarian and Swiss Adventure

Lucia is a Digital Marketing Coordinator for EF Educational Tours. She travelled internationally for the first time in high school on an EF tour of Italy and Greece. That trip inspired her to visit family in Sicily, study abroad in college, and come full circle to work here at EF.

Everything about my trip to Germany and the Alps was incredible. Rothenburg made me feel like I was in a medieval fairy tale. Munich brought Bavarian heritage to life. And I ate Swiss chocolate and fondue in Lucerne, Switzerland…enough said.

But it was the daily excursions that were the absolute highlight of my trip.Students on Mt. RigiOur first adventure was a bike tour through Munich, one of Germany’s most beautiful and historic cities. This gave us the unique opportunity to see the city from a whole new perspective.Munich Bike TourWe biked down the Isar River, through Munich Residenz, and into the English Bier Gardens where we saw people surfing in the middle of a massive city, like it was no big deal.Munich SurfingNext up were the salt mines in Salzburg, and this was perhaps the most immersive activity we did on tour. Before we could get started, everyone dressed up in full body mining suits.Saltmines TrainOnce we were zipped up from head to toe, we took an underground tour via train, boat and wooden slides through 450 year old salt mines. It felt like we had passed into a whole new world.SaltzburgFrom there we explored the beautifully picturesque city of Salzburg, home to the Sound of Music and Mozart.Saltzburg (2)On Sundays, most places in Lucerne are closed, so for our last activity we opted to ride a train 1,798 meters to the top of Mt. Rigi, or “Queen of the Mountains” and take in one of the most beautiful views that I’ve ever seen.Top of Mt. RigiAs a Group Leader, choosing the right excursions can be a tough one. At first glance, you’re going to want to do them all. My advice is to think about what your group’s specific interests are and the subject matter you want to connect to your classroom. Also, make sure to discuss all of your options with your Tour Consultant. They’ll be able to offer specific details and help you figure out what makes the most sense for you and your students.