After extensive planning we made our way to our first stop of the excursion, Brussels, with our class teachers Ms. Hugeri and Mrs. Eder-Skof on March 3rd, 2019.

We got off the plane in Brussels around noon and grabbed something to eat before heading off to the Choco Story, where we learned about the history and the manufacturing process of chocolate. After having been treated to some delicious Belgian chocolate we headed to the Grand Place where a guide was waiting for us to show us around the city.

On Monday, we visited the European quarter in Brussels. The head of the Styrian Office of Brussels welcomed us and arranged for us to get a VIP tour through the EU Parliament, where we learned about the institution itself and were shown for example the hemicycle, a huge assembly room, and a few parliamentary offices.

Beneluxexkursion 3DHIF

On Tuesday, we were at the Virtual Rooms in Brussels, a place where you have to escape a room in a team-based virtual reality experience, before transferring to Amsterdam by train. Later that night we participated in what was called a Ghost Walk through the city, where a guide showed us the mysterious spots of the city and told us scary stories that happened there.

The next day we visited the software company Oracle, where we were given a tour through the building and talked to employees about how our futures could look like. After a short boat tour on the canals of Amsterdam, we arrived directly in front of the Heineken Experience. In the evening, we walked through the Red Light District of Amsterdam.

To not miss out on the cultural and artistic highlights of the city we looked at the exhibitions of the Anne-Frank-Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Van-Gogh-Museum on Thursday.

On our last day abroad, we strolled through the Bloemenmarkt and had lunch at the Foodhalle of Amsterdam. After that we started our journey back home.

 

by Anna Lechner, 3DHIF

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