In the previous article, we encouraged you to visit Mariazell this fall (you can read it here). And today we learned that a group of young people from Częstochowa decided to visit this unique place on the map of Austria during their trip to Styria in the last days of September this year. And it was a really great idea!
As part of the third phase of the "STYRIA IN MY EYES" project, students from Częstochowa schools participated in a sightseeing trip to Austria, during which they visited the most interesting places in the Styria region. Of course, the program could not miss Mariazell - a picturesque town in the northern Styrian Alps, a famous Marian sanctuary and the spiritual center of Catholics from the Danube region. Young people visited the city and the basilica. The group was welcomed by Mr. Walter Schweighofer - Mayor of Mariazell.
Young people also went to Graz - the capital of Styria, where, after visiting the main attractions, they had a unique opportunity to observe the proceedings of the national assembly. The youth also enjoyed a ride on the Semmering railway, which leads along a beautiful tourist trail from Mürzzuschlag to Gloggnitz.
On the return trip, you could admire the peculiarities of the capital of Austria, as well as the panorama of Vienna from the Kahlenberg hill, from where the Polish ruler, King John III Sobieski, led a victorious charge against the Ottoman Empire in 1683.
It has long been known that traveling educates. The trip of Polish youth to Austria enabled young people to learn more about the culture, traditions and language of another country. Youth exchanges shape young Europeans - they become tolerant, open, ready to cooperate, and broad-minded. Organizing such trips and exchanges is an investment in the future of Europe, and it will certainly pay off in the coming years.
The organizer of the "Styria in my eyes" project was the Częstochowa branch of the Polish-Austrian Society and the Austrian School Tourism Center at the Economic School Complex in Częstochowa, thanks to the support of the Department for International and European Affairs of the Styrian State Government Office in Graz. The youth stayed in Austria under the care of German teachers - members of the Polish-Austrian Society in Częstochowa. The "Styria in my eyes" competition was held under the patronage of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Austria in Katowice.
We thank the organizers and participants of the trip for beautiful photos and all the information about the journey in Styria region!