Taste of Germany for Weston youngsters

PUBLISHED: 20:00 06 November 2010

Weston youngsters visit twin town of Hildesheim: The youngsters enjoy a reception with the lord mayor of Hildesheim in the historic Rathause (town hall).

Weston youngsters visit twin town of Hildesheim: The youngsters enjoy a reception with the lord mayor of Hildesheim in the historic Rathause (town hall).

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CONCENTRATION camps, the German parliament, plunging mines and a big taste of European culture - all in a week's work for a group of young Weston travellers.

Weston youngsters visit twin town of Hildesheim: The group touches down in Holland.

Nine young people travelled from North Somerset for an action-packed visit to Weston’s twin town of Hildesheim.

During the trip, the youngsters enjoyed a full schedule of run and cultural dates with some of Germany’s most significant landmarks.

Debbie Stone, one of the organisers, said: “The young people from Weston and the young people from Hildesheim left Hildesheim on the ice train, the second faster train in the world, to Berlin, where they had a tour of the Bundestag which is the Houses of Parliament.

“There is a glass dome on top of the Bundestag which you can enter and walk to the top of to see across the whole of Berlin.

Weston youngsters visit twin town of Hildesheim: Youngsters pause for a picture at the German houses of parliament in Berlin.

“Then on to Berlin and the story museum to learn all about the war, and how it affected Berlin, and they also enjoyed a trip to where the Berlin Wall once stood.”

The group attended a reception with the mayor of Hildesheim, took the plunge down a mine in the Harz mountains, and spent time at Bergen-Belsen, one of the most notorious World War Two concentration camps.

A display of photographs from the trip – and a chance for youngsters interested in next year’s trip to find out more – will be available at Barcode Youth Café in South Parade from 7pm on December 8.

In the meantime, anyone wanting to get involved can contact Debbie on 07764 756724 or Sue Harding on 01934 628141.

Weston youngsters visit twin town of Hildesheim: Weston youngsters explored the deep mines of the Harz mountains.

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