Nineteen students from Immanuel Lutheran College embarked on a trip of a lifetime when they left the comforts of home for a three week tour of Germany.

The students, in Years 6 to 11, spent their school holidays experiencing the sights and culture of central and southern Germany.

Highlights of the tour included visiting Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther translated the Bible into German; enjoying the atmosphere of Oktoberfest; riding to the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain; and visiting spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle, which was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Students also spent time at Immanuel’s sister school, Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium in Gottingen, staying with host families for the first ten days.

“It really was a fantastic opportunity,” said Principal Colin Minke.

“At Immanuel, the German language is taught from Prep to Year 12 and the College celebrates a number of German festivals. Just recently we held a range of activities and folk dancing as part of Oktoberfest.

“Our students were able to reconnect with exchange students from Immanuel’s sister school, Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium, who spent time here on the Sunshine Coast.”

“Three staff accompanied the students and the itinerary was full of fun and stimulating experiences. All were immersed in German history and culture and gained considerable appreciation for the strong bonds between our two countries and schools,” he said.