The Salzburg experience starts with a variety of cultural immersion workshops and a scavenger hunt throughout the city on the first program days. In addition to introducing the students to Salzburg’s landmarks, they become familiar with the surroundings that will be their home for the following months.
At the beginning of the fall semester the students go on a bus trip to gain an insight into the natural beauty and cultural richness the vicinity of the city of Salzburg has to offer. Apart from the salt mine with the nearby Celtic village on the Dürrnberg (Hallein) and the fortress Hohenwerfen, the group visits the breathtaking lake district area (cf. video) with stops in St. Wolfgang, Bad Ischl, and Hallstatt. This region, of which large parts are listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites, embraces three of the nine Austrian states (Salzburg, Upper Austria, and Styria).
In the fall semester the group spends 4 days in Austria’s capital, Vienna (Link). Along with visiting famous historical and artistic sights, activities range from visiting famous museums to a walk through the famous Vienna Naschmarkt and is rounded off by a stopover at the impressive monastery of Melk (Link).
At the end of the fall term the group heads through Germany and France to Paris, the main stop of this 8-day tour. Other places along the route include Ulm, Metz, Reims, Versailles, Fontainebleau, and Strasbourg. On the one hand the students get the chance to see numerous cultural and historical sights as well as works of art they have been learning about in their classes. On the other hand they are able to experience the typical French charm and culinary delights.
Also in the fall the students visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial (Link). The group is prepared in a lecture and watches a documentary on the history of Mauthausen, allowing for a first reflection and discussion.
In February the group leaves for the spring tour, which takes them to several parts of Greece and Italy. Again, the students head off well-prepared by their courses and additional guest lectures.
Besides visiting the European capitals Athens and Rome, cultural sites such as Venice, Padua, Ravenna, Florence, Assisi, and Pompeji in Italy and Olympia, Nafplio, Mycenae, Meteora, and Delphi in Greece are part of this tour.
Apart from the churches, monasteries, museums, excavations and other archaeological or historical sites on the official itinerary, the students are given reasonable time to explore the cultural treasures and amenities as well as the special atmosphere of these places individually.
University of Portland Salzburg Kulturprogramm Spring Tour – Student Videos: