Find out about more sites from our exchange students’ countries

High summits and historical undergrounds, natural parks, and ancient cities just stir emotions!

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“Be careful when you enter this place—the feeling that someone is trying to kill you [doesn’t] leave your mind in this gloomy atmosphere,” tells Mikulas “Miki” Hlava about catacombs, the second biggest underground cemetery located in Czech Republic, his home country. “Walking through the chambers which, although are not of their originality, but designed specifically, will show you how people were tortured,” he warns. As he assumes, people spend around an hour there. But don’t plan to explore the catacombs by yourself—in order to be allowed to enter the territory, you need to take a tour with a guide.

Praděd, the highest mountain of Hrubý Jeseník mountains, on the contrary, will gift you the feeling of flying once you are at an altitude of almost 1500 meters (4921 ft). “The temperature there varies from -10 to +30 degrees Celsius”, says Hlava. To reach the top you can use a bicycle or other accessible transportation. “I come there quite often and usually use a bicycle,” Hlava explains. “After 10 km long straight road you feel tired, but forget about that right away once the view opens in front of your eyes. It is just awesome, breathtaking, and inspiring!”

There is a skiing area in the mountains, as well. “I’ve been there several times”, shared Hlava. “The natural snow makes it a fantastic place to spend time with friends and family!”

He invites you to explore Brno, his home town. “We have many cathedrals, old churches, and architectural buildings,” says Hlava. Old Town Hall is one of the most famous places in this city of Czech Republic. Numerous parks in Brno add vivid colors to the city. He likes to walk there and enjoy the scenery. “Also, Brno is listed in the top 12 cities to live in Europe, and takes the 40th place in the world of that category,” he says.

 

Pia Knüppe, an exchange student from Germany, finds Lüneburg Heath, a natural preserve in northern Germany, quite remarkable. “The picturesque landscape makes this area our national heritage. Plants blossom there during August and September, and in spring it all glistens with purple. Also, we have a special breed of sheep there; some types of Heidschnucke are under the European Union protection—they are rare.”

Lüneburg itself is Knüppe’s home town. She says, “Different early buildings and churches are located in my city, and we have a lot of saline places.” Lüneburg has been filled with salt springs and gained its prosperity through the production of numerous saltworks since the 12th century. At that time, salt was highly valued and constantly traded among people. The German salt museum in Lüneburg will entrap you in the atmosphere of salt extraction, pointing out important details.

Also, Knüppe suggests finding the water tower in Lüneburg, saying, “It is 56 meters (183 ft) high. The view from the top captures the whole city. The tower also glows brightly at night.”

If you are in Germany for Christmas, don’t miss one German tradition. “For this holiday we decorate the town hall and build up little stands which resemble small houses,” Knüppe descibes. “People sell goods, homemade things and other stuff in them with their families. It is always nice to walk around and buy beautiful candles for Christmas, different types of chocolate and more.” She notes another autumn holiday in Germany called Oktoberfest. This folk festival pulls people together to share a lot of smiles. “Everyone dresses up, and you can meet a lot of new people. I think it is a cool and a fun place to be,” she tells.

 

Dilijan, a town in Armenia, Marina Mirzoyan’s motherland, is enveloped in the greenery of their National Park. “The site is a nice place with beautiful nature. There are a lot of hotels around, so, being a tourist area, it is not secluded,” says Mirzoyan. Zip lines are scattered around the park, but they are the property of the hotels. However, the park is famous for its medicinal mineral waters and natural monuments, which will leave you in a positive mood.

The next unique place Mirzoyan suggests visiting is located in the middle of nowhere, in the north direction from Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. The Armenian Alphabet Monument stands out with its dimensions.

Walking around, you can not only take unusual photographs, but also actually memorize all 38 letters of the Armenian alphabet as they are diffused around the field. “I visited this place in the fourth grade with my classmates when we were learning the set of letters. I know there is also a grave of Mesrop Mashtots, the person who created our alphabet,” Mirzoyan reminices. The statue of the creator meets you proudly, providing to the carved letters.