Is Germany ‘World Cup’ winning for students?

Date Posted: 19/07/2014

Pictured: Berlin: Government Quarter (photo credit: Santoni, Gianluca © German National Tourist Board).

Thanks to winning the World Cup, Germany has been top of the headlines. So what can this ‘Weltmeister’ country offer young people as part of their education?

Deutschland is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and German Reunification in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

In fact, as Reunified Germany is just 25 years old – it is technically one of Europe’s youngest countries, and promises interesting and inspiring destinations for school groups. 

Arts, literature and culture

Germany has traditionally been known as the ‘country of poets and philosophers’, but even now, young people in Germany are setting trends every day, coming up with innovative ideas and pushing the boundaries of art and culture.  

It’s the home of literary greats such as Goethe, Schiller and Nietzsche, but it’s also given the world fashion brands such as Birkenstock and Jack Wolfskin.

39 of the world’s Unesco Heritage Sites are in Germany. The country’s 6,250 or so museums serve as worlds of discovery and use exciting concepts to explore art and history, technology and architecture, literature and the natural world. 

Destinations and attractions

The most favoured city destinations by visitors from the UK are Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Dusseldorf, followed by Nuremberg, Dresden, Leipzig and Hanover. 

Many people are discovering the regions of the former East Germany, an area which presents varied landscapes with fascinating towns and cities – places where history has been made.  

The top ten attractions in Germany are:

  1. Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau/Füssen, Bavaria
  2. Europa Park, Rust, Baden-Württemberg
  3. Cologne Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage), North Rhine Westphalia
  4. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
  5. The Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall Park, Berlin Wall Trail, etc.)
  6. Loreley rock in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (UNESCO World Heritage), Rhineland - Palatinate
  7. Nature reserves in the Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg
  8. Heidelberg Castle, Baden-Württemberg,
  9. Lake Constance with Mainau Island, Monastic Island of Reichenau (UNESCO World Heritage), Lindau, prehistoric pile dwellings, Meersburg Castle and Lake Constance, Baden-Württemberg
  10. Museum Island (UNESCO World Heritage), Berlin

A free app is available to download from www.germany.travel which gives the Top 100 attractions and destinations in Germany; the result of a recent online poll, carried out by The German National Tourist Board.

Volkswagen plant with Autostadt

Pictured: Volkswagen plant with Autostadt (Photo credit: Knobloch, Jochen © German National Tourist Board).

Science and Technology: Vorsprung durch Technik

Germany's attractions and educational centres bring Science and Technology to life for students visiting the country. 

There are many to choose from, such as the Zeiss Planetarium in Jena in the state of Thuringia. Possibly the world's oldest continuously operating planetarium, with nearly 100 years of service behind it, its cutting-edge technology continues to entertain thousands of visitors every year.

In Wolfsburg, a small town in Lower Saxony, schools can choose between the Phaeno Science Centre or the equally impressive V W ‘Autostadt’.  

Phaeno has Over 350 interactive stations to stimulate students’ interest and discover the world of scientific phenomena. It is housed an impressive building that was created by the Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid. Guided tours on the architecture are also available. 

Autostadt is an educational landscape and an insight into one of Germany’s most successful inventions and exports – cars. 

The Autostadt’s Education Department offers hands-on educational opportunities for young and old, and combines theoretic knowledge with practical experience.

For further information visit www.germany.travel.

This article was put together with the German National Tourist Board. All images © German National Tourist Board.

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