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Teach Through Educational Travel: Schönbrunn Palace

By Jessie V

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Schönbrunn Palace

There’s more to Vienna than the Christmas markets! Vienna is home to one of the largest and most beautiful Imperial Palaces in Europe – Schönbrunn Palace. It was built in 1548, added onto from 1638-1643, and then added onto again later.

The palace has over 1,400 rooms – and was the home of the Hapsburg monarchs (and also a zoo, the oldest zoo in the world). It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the gardens there). You can also see an orangerie, a palm house, a Roman ruin folly, and the zoo.

 

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  • Watch this video on the history of Schönbrunn Palace, and then read a bit more from the UNESCO site. Why do you think leaders try to surround themselves with extraordinary buildings? Is it fair to the people, or did they historically expect more glamour from their leaders/locations of power?
  • Head through the Palace through this clickable map, and read and listen to facts about various rooms. What did you discover? Gather in small groups and each share your favorites. Did you find something about Mozart? Where Emperor Franz Joseph was born?
  • The Hapsburg Dynasty was long-lasting, running from 1250-1950. Check out this awesome timeline of the Hapsburgs. Break into small groups and research different rulers from this dynasty. Reconvene and share what you’ve found, including facts that make this history come alive!

This lesson was contributed by Jessie Voigts, get to know her! Want more lesson ideas? See last week’s Teach Through Educational Travel: Santorini, Greece - perfect for your next classroom activity.

We’d love to hear your ideas! If you’ve completed a similar classroom activity, tell us about it by leaving a comment below. You could be our next guest blogger!

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Educational Travel Tuesday Trivia – “Lovely Spring”

By Ashley Hiemenz

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This week’s trivia question: What Rococo palace in Vienna, Austria translates to “Lovely Spring”?

Leave your answer below.

Click Here for the answer to last week’s question: What medieval city in France is known as “the Venice of the Savoie”?


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Teach Through Educational Travel: Santorini

By Jessie V

Teach Through Educational Travel: Santorini | The Educated Traveler | WorldStrides International Discovery

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Hear the word Santorini, and what do you think? Blues, white buildings, great food – and a volcano? Indeed! Santorini is one of the most famous islands in Greece, and is the largest chunk of a former island that the volcano blew up into smaller islands, forming a caldera. The volcanic eruption was one of the largest in history, 3,600 years ago. Some say that this eruption is the source of the myth of Atlantis. There have been other eruptions from this volcano since then, but not as large. Another fun fact – there are only two places in Europe that have a hot desert climate – Santorini and Anafi!

Santorini has a long history with a variety of cultures – Greek, Minoan, Roman, the Byzantine Empire, the Crusaders, who gave the island the name we know today (Santorini for Saint Irene), and the Ottoman Empire. The island was reunited with Greece in 1830.

 

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  • While there are many things to see and do in Santorini (beaches, food, scenery), one must-see is the town of Akrotiri, a Minoan town preserved in volcanic ash, similar to Pompeii. You can see the excavation site, and the well-preserved ruins. Standing there, you can imagine what it was like to live there in Ancient Greece. Then head to the town of Fira, to the Museum of Prehistoric Thira and the Archaeological Museum. Here, you can see artifacts recovered from excavations, and learn their meanings and purpose. Watch this video of Ancient Akrotiri and then check out these photos. Have you ever wanted to be an archaeologist? What would you enjoy most – the discovery of history, or the discovery of daily life (although they are the same, aren’t they?)?
  • Watch this video about Santorini and then peruse this article by a traveler. If you went to Santorini, what would you be most interested in exploring?
  • Can you imagine that food grown on a volcanic island with very little fresh water sources would be good? Indeed! Take a look at the foods that grow on Santorini. Discuss the particular challenges of farming on an island of volcanic rock.

This lesson was contributed by Jessie Voigts, get to know her! Want more lesson ideas? See last week’s Teach Through Educational Travel: Annecy, France - perfect for your next classroom activity.

We’d love to hear your ideas! If you’ve completed a similar classroom activity, tell us about it by leaving a comment below. You could be our next guest blogger!

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