Lower Sixth Historians enjoyed a whirlwind tour of some of the largest and most popular cities in Central Europe – Munich, Vienna and Prague. The trip was a valuable opportunity for Hamptonians to explore historical sites, as well as the cultural delights that all three cities have to offer.

In Munich, pupils explored the city on foot, taking in many sites of the Third Reich including Konigsplatz, the Führerbau and the Odeonsplatz. A guided tour devised by Mr Lawrence and Mrs Partridge taught the Hamptonians more about the experiences of Jews in Munich during the Holocaust, which everyone found incredibly informative. They also visited Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, which documents the lives of prisoners interned in the camp from 1933 to 1945. The Sixth Formers heard about the stories of victims and the unendurable oppression they were subjected to on a guided tour of site. A visit to the Olympiaturm in the Olympic Park provided far-reaching views of Munich and the Alps from the top of the tower.

Next stop was Vienna, which offered Hamptonians an insight into the House of Hapsburg and life during the Cold War. The Historians explored the Museum District as well as the 1,441-room Schonbrunn Palace. Free time in the evening was spent either taking in a classical music concert or enjoying an international football match which saw Austria play Turkey at the Ernst-Happel Stadium.

The final city the pupils visited was Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, where they explored famous sights including Wenceslas Square, Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and the Museum of Communism. A highlight for the Hamptonians was an impromptu football match in front of the Petrin Tower and then ascending the tower for beautiful views of the city.


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