Herr Dr. Kirchhoff hat den diesjährigen Besuch der Schüler vom MWITS in einem Tagebuch dokumentiert, das Ihr hier nachlesen könnt. Außerdem findet Ihr Fotos des Besuchs sowie vom Abschlussfest im Theatersaal unter Fotostrecken und Videos.
A nice autumn day with sunshine and fog in the morning
It is time to say „Good Bye“ :-(
My guests had prepared their luggage last evening and we could sleep a bit longer. After a last breakfast with fried apples, applecake and Black Forest Ham we started to the Sommertalparkplatz of Meersburg. One after the other host with their guest came and it became a long warm farewell. A last picture of all guests and hosts were made. Slowly entered the guests the bus together with Mr. Scholten and me. On the way to airport Zürich I gave them applecake as a consolation for leaving the Bodensee, Meersburg and the hosts. At the airport we helped them to find the check in counter. The laydies of the check in counter sight about the weigh of the luggage. Then we accompanied the guests to the barrier on the way to custom, security and gates. A last waving and two eventful weeks were over :-(, but the hosts look forward to be guests at MWITS in January 2013 :-) .
A nice autumn day with sunshine and view to the Alpen Mountains with morning red again.
At 8.10 AM we started by bus to Überlingen. 9.00 AM we met Ms. Jäger-Waldau, the organist of the St.Nicolaus Münster Überlingen. She explained and demonstrated all the parts of the organ like Manuale, Pedale, Register, pipes, mechanic inside and more. The she gave us a special concert with an extemporization of the christmas song „Silent Night“ and demonstrated all what an organ can. Next was a composition of a french componist and last not least no organ without Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fuge. Wow, what a sound! Then some guests could try to play the organ. This all was a great experience and impression and highlight. Best thanks to Ms. Jäger-Waldau again.
Then we had a look in the St.Nicolaus Münster with many saints and altars in chapels on the side.
Through the old part of the city we walked to the harbour with the figure „Rider over the Bodensee“ of Peter Lenk. We had a bit time for shopping more souveniers before the bus started to the Birnau church. From the Birnau we had a fantastic view over the Bodensee to the Alpenmountains. Inside of the Birnau church we could see the famous « Honey licker », who showes Bernhad of Clairvaux, whose sermons were like honey for the ears. After a visit of the KZ cementary of Birnau with the last 97 victims of the KZ galleries of Überlingen the bus brought us back to Meersburg to the lunch.
On 5.00 PM the Fare Well Party started with coffee an cake. Then our Thai guests made a performance of Thai dancing and a short lecutre about Thailand. Then we all were invited for a common Thai dance. We fortified us with a cold buffet an got many gifts from our guests – Khop Khun krap for all.
A nice autumn day with sunshine and view to the Alpen Muntains with morning red
At 8.00 AM we started by bus to Engen, where Ms Gaukler from the solarcomplex Company expected us as our Guide. The first destination was the little Village of Mauenheim. This village produces all his energy himself with photovoltaik, Biogas with a engine for electric power and heating energiy (Blockheizkraftwerk) and for cold winterdays a heater for fine cut wood „Hackschnitzel“. For the Biogas Methane they have two fermenter. In the fermenters comes cornplants, dung from cows and some other plants. The Methane Biogas is for a engine, which power a Generator for electric energy. The warm energy of the engine goes through tubes to 70 of the 100 houses for heating and warm water. If they use in the winter more energy for heating they use a big oven for Hackschnitzel wood. They produce nine time mor electic energy than they need and sell it.
The other destination was the Photovoltaic Solarpark Rickelshausen. On 10 ha are some 10.000 photovoltaic cells for electric power of 1,65 MWp for 2500 persons. The cells are Cadmium–Tellurium-Cells, because in the relation of price and energy they are better than Silicium cells. On the way back to Meersburg we passed the new photovoltaic plant Mooshof 16,5 ha with 5 MWp power for 1430 households.
P.S. On Friday we go to Überlingen. At first we have a demonstration of the Organ of the St.Nicolaus Münster (Church). Then we will see the old city and the Peter Lenk monument at the harbour (The writer Martin Walser as rider over the frozen Boensee).
Then we go to the famous baroque Birnau church with the honey licker angel and to the KZ-cementary of the last 98 prisoners, who died in the galleries of Überlingen.
In the evening will be the Fare Well Party.
A nice autumn day with sunshine and view to the Alpen Muntains.
We started early by bus to Munich. In the morning we could see the Alpenmountains with fresh snow over the Bodensee. About 11.00 AM we reached the „Allianz Arena“, one of the biggest football stadions. It was built 10 years ago for one football, one referee, 22 footballplayers and 66000 spectators. Our guide explained in english the parts of the visitors, how to look after the gras of the field. We looked in the changing cubicle of the footballplayers with their pictures at the wall and we went with music the way of the players to the „crocodile mouth“ to go out to the field.
Then the bus brought us in the city of munich and we could walk to the Marienplatz with the townhall, the „Frauenkirche“ and all the shops along the street. Nearby is also the „Victualienmarkt“ where are many shops to buy all kind of food, usual and exotic.
About 5.00 PM we met us in the „Hofbräuhaus“ for lunch (with lemonade). After a day with much experience we came back to Meersburg at 9.00 PM.
Frost in the night – ice on the car. Clouds, a bit sunshine.
In the morning the students and teachers observed lessons. But in the 2nd and 3rd hour they had a lesson in german language with Ms. Herkommer and her baby (baby sleeped).
After lunch at 2.30 PM we started by bus (30 minutes) and train (one minute) to the KZ-Galleries of Überlingen – Goldbach. A guide of the organization, who explored the history of the KZ-Galeries, explained us in english the history. After the factories for engines for tanks and aeroplanes and so on in Friedrichshafen were bombed they would build factories, who can not bombed – Galleries in the sandstonerocks of Überlingen. 800 political prisoners of KZ Dachau came to the KZ Camp Aufkirch. 400 worked hard from 6 AM to 6 PM, other 400 from 6 PM to 6 AM. They had only thin clothes, wooden shoes and very little to eat. Criminal Prisoners as warderes tortured them. From October 1944 to April 1945, when the French Army came, they blasted 4 km Galleries in the rocks. But they were never used because the end of the war. About 200 prisoners died.
Cold and rain
About 9.00 AM we went by ferry and bus to Konstanz, where Ms Kreuziger expected us. She guided us to the Sea Live Center, a big aquarium. We had an english guide, who explained us several inhabitants of the water like in the Bodensee, the jellyfishes, the seahorses, the rays and sharks and so on. At one pond we walked under sharks.
Then we had a break for lunch.
Next was with an english Guide the Bodensee Naturkundemuseum. We learned about the Geology of the Alpenmountains and the Bodenseeregion and the iceage. Maps explained what happened when too much phospate was in the lake and the situation today. Many stuffed animals showed the birds of the Bodensee and animals around the Lake and in the forest.
After a visit by the „Imperia“ at the harbour of Konstanz we had in the „Konzil“ a course in german cooking. We cooked pumpkin soup, baked bread, fried Kaiserschmarrn and laied the tables. It was very fine. Best special thanks to the team of the Konzil and Ms. Kreuziger.
With a visit in the city of Konstanz the day finished. From the ferry we could see first time the Alpenmountains with snow.
Sunshine again, later some clouds.
We sleeped again a bit longer and started about 9.00 AM to Stein am Rhein, where the Rhein flow out of the Bodensee. It is a nice little town with houses in the city, whose walls are painted with pictures like the story of the Pelikan, of Diogenes and so on.
Next destination was the Castle Arenenberg, where Napoleon III with his mother Queen Hortense lived. Inside the castle show how the noble persons lived in the 19th century. Outside we visited the Park, which was found some years ago under trees and rubble and then new layed out like more than hundred years ago. Then we made a picnick in a pavilion of Napoleon III.
Next destination was on Island Reichenau the church St. Georg with the pictures on the walls of eight miracles of Jesus, more than 1000 years old. In the middle of the Reichenau is the Münster-Church, also 1000 years old. Most of the church is in romanesque style, the chorus in gothic style. The roof ist constructed like a ship. For example is inside a picture of the arrival of St Pirmin while all snakes left the island. Outside we visited the Hortulus, a spicegarden, of Abbot Wallafried Strabo.
At last we visited the Thanksgiving (Erntedank) Altar in the St. Otmar Church in Ludwigshafen.
First sunshine , but cold morning.
We allowed us to sleep one hour longer and started our trip about 9.00 AM.
At first we visited a shop with hundrets of pumpkins in all sizes and coloures.
Next was the Aachsource, the bigest source of Germany with 8000 l each second in the middle. After some rainy day more water of the Danube came out, which flows through caves 12 – 19 km in 1 – 7 days to this source.
The Danube source in Donaueschingen we could only see from far, because they have construction work around the source.
From Donaueschingen the street climbed slowly to the Black Forest and went then steep over a high bridge to Neustadt and then from Hinterzarten in steep serpentine road into the Hell Valley. We made a stop at the cuckoo watch shop with hundred of different cuckoo watches in all sizes and by the glasblower, who makes different artistically things with coloured glas. The gable wall of the house is a big cuckoo watch. At the whole hour the cuckoo comes out and say „cuckoo“ and Black Forest figures dance around. After a picnic we started through the hell valley and the kingdom of heaven to Freiburg.
To the center of the city we drived with a modern tramway like a snake. I explained my guests the styles of the Freiburger Münster from romanesque to gotic style, the coloured windows with saints and bible stories, the signs of the stonemasons and so on. We visited the old townhalls and the memeorial of Berthold Schwarz, who invented the Black Gunpowder for blasting.
With the twilight we came back to Ludwigshafen.
This morning we had a big programm:
At first churchy showed some fossils of the Jura age like fishes, the Archeopterix, Ammonites and Belemnites. Then we observed fossils of Ammonites and Belemnites in the limestone floor of the red building of the school.
Next hour we went down to the lower city of Meersburg at the harbour and the students at first bought icecream. Then we went to column of Peter Lenk. On the top is as a bird the writer Annette von Droste Hülshoff, below is god Amor shooting with his arrow of love and Mr. Messmer with a magnet, because he wanted to cure illness with magnetic influence.
At 10.00 AM we reached the Bible Galerie and had an english guide. She told us about what the bible is, the story of Abraham as the father of the Jews, Christian and Muslim, about a jewish house and Jesus healing a cripple. At last some students printed with the Gutenberg press a page with the Psalm 23.
Next was the visit in the Staatsweingut Meersburg, which is in the same building as the Droste Hülshoff Gymnasium. Mr. Dietrich, the Director of the Staatsweingut, was our guide. He explained the machines to prepare the grapes, to press them to juice and how to influence the fermentation of the juice to wine for better taste for example with the temperature and the kind of barrels: steel or wood. He told us how Rosewine and Red Wine is made with red grapes.
After lunch in the school the students with their buddies and the teachers watched for some hours some lessons.
Fog and clouds, bur no rain.
At 8.10AM we started by bus to Unteruhldingen, where the World Heritage of the lake dwellings is. Around the Bodensee existed about 100 lake dwelling villages. The lake dwelling museum was founded in 1922 with two new build houses, which exist until today. In the years after they build a stone age village, a bronce age village, a second bronce age village, an Arbon house and a Hornstaad house and they have the houses of an experiment of the german television how to live like stone age family.
After we arrived in Unteruhldingen we went at first to the harbour, where the figure of the Mr Uhldi is: a man with clothes of the bronceage and with an bronce axe. In the background are the Birnau church and the lake dwellings. On the way I explained the „headache-tree, the „Weide“, in latin „Salix“. In its bark is salicylacid, which tastes ugli and is not good for the stomach. Mr Hoffman made it to acetylsalycilacid, which is Aspirine.
In the museum we could at first see some original pices from the stone- and bronceage. Then we had an guide, which explained in english language some of the houses as examples. So the house of the bronce caster with the tools he needed. In an other bronce age house we could see, how a chief of a village is buried. The stoneage house was the house of a farmer with his tools including a stone axe. Then we could go around and explore the villages ourself.
After lunch in the school the students with their buddies and the teachers watched for some hours some lessons.
After a rainy day: Rain!!!
At 9.00AM we started with an english speaking guide to a tour trough Meersburg. She explained important things about the history and buildings in Meersburg: The church is build about 1850, but the tower of the church was a part of the old wall around the city. For virgins, who didn’t find a husband, was a building like a monastery, where the lived; later it was a school for girls in it, now is the biblegalerie and the touristinformation in it. The Hotel „Zum Bären“ is old and famous. Through the tower with the gate came goods in the town to go by ship over the lake to Konstanz and so and the trader mus pay tax. On the top of the tower with the gate is a bell to show the time by ringing.
Then we visited the New Castle in baroque style, which is just renovated. Inside is a big stairhouse with broad stairs and many figures and a painted ceiling. The exhibition informed about the history of the New Castle and the bishops of Konstanz, the „Säkularisation and the develop of Baden-Württemberg
After this programm the guests accompanied their buddies in the lessons.
After a nice day: Rain!!!
The MWIT students spend the first part of the morning with their buddies in the lessons. The guest teachers accompanied DHG teachers to lessons of english and NWT (natural sciences and technic).
On 11.00 AM we assembled in the Aula of the yellow building and went to the bus to Friedrichshafen, accompanied by Churchy. The first destination was the „Zeppelin Museum“. The Museum showes the development from the first Zeppelin to the Zeppelin LZ 129 „Hindenburg“, which burned in Lakehurst. The exhibited pieces showed the high technic of light building of the 20th and 30th years of the last century. Many models and original pieces explain the development. A highlight is a reconstructed part of the Zeppelin LZ 129 „Hindenburg“ with the cabins and the day rooms of the passengers.
Then we went by bus to the hangar of the new „Zeppelin Reederei“ near the airport Friedrichshafen, where the CEO of the „Zeppelin Reederei“, Mr Thomas Brandt, gave us a hearty welcome. He guided us in the hangar to the two modern „Zeppelin NT“ airships. He explained the construchtion of the modern Zepplin with its advantages. The „Zepplin NT“ can used for touristic passenger flights over the Bodensee and other destinations. The First „Zeppelin NT“ helped to explore diamond fields in South Africa. Just with the EU-Project „Pegasus“ the „Zeppelin NT“ explores the athmosphere of Europe for environment from north to south.
For supper Ms. Aree an Ms. Pranom preared fine Thai Food with Thai Jasmine rice, omelette, fried Broccoli from Chuchys garden and a spicy fish.
Best Regards with a hot mouth
On 8.00 AM Ms. Brunke-Kullik, Principal of the Droste Hülshoff Gymnasium Meersbug, gave us a warm reception in the Cafeteria. Then she showed us some important rooms of the school like the baroque chapel, the dining room, biology and chemistry room, secretary and teacher room. Churchy showed the gusts the „Torkel“ with the classrooms of the buddies. Then accompanied by Churchy and Mr Scholten (Vice Principal) the gusts went to the old castle of Meersburg, where they were warm received by Ms. Naeßel-Doms, the wife of the owner. Two hours she explained the rooms of the castle from the prison in the cellar to the top of the tower, the kitchen, dining room, armour room, the rooms, where the poet Ms. Annette of Droste-Hülshoff lived and died, and so on. It was very impressive. On 1.00 PM the buddies came after their lesson to go with their guests to eat. Church went with Ms Aree an Ms. Pranom to his home for a short lunch to start soon to Schaffhausen in Switzerland to visit the waterfall (nam tok) of the river Rhein. It is impressive, how so much water with loud noise fall down 23 m deep and 150 m broad. Over the waterfall is a dust of fine waterdrops. At some places it is nearly possibel to tuch the falling water. On a balcony it is possible to walk over the troubled water. On the way back was the opportunity to buy Swiss Chocolate.
As dinner Churchy made an October Festival with fresh baked pretzel, white munich sausages, sweet mustard, bavarian beer (for the Gusts „Radler beer“ : Lemonade with a drop of beer) and bavarian marches music.
Best Regards from Churchy
About one hour after the landing of the aeroplane our guests from Thailand came from the customs.
We, Mr. Scholten, Viceprincipal of the Droste Hülshoff Gymansium, and I, Churchy, brought them by bus to Meersburg. Many pictures of the country were made by the guests during the journey. The weather changed between rain and sunshine and the temperature is like in autumn. In Meersburg the hosts expected warm their guests and brought them to their homes. There were many things to tell about.