For Leysin American School's first-ever Fall Break, our students had a full schedule of trips and events planned out for them! Throughout the two weeks of break, our students travelled to some of the country's most sought-after locations. Keep reading below to hear about some of the highlights and to see photos!
Lugano (Grades 8-10)
Our younger students embarked on a trip to Lugano and enjoyed treating themselves to Swiss-Italian living for a few days. This, of course, means that they got to dine on Italian culinary classics (pasta and pizza, anyone?). They also went on a relaxing boat trip on Lake Lugano in a traditional wooden-style ferry, enjoyed time at an aqua park, went on a dinner cruise, and spent a thrilling day zip lining, hiking, and taking an Alpine coaster all around the 1900 meter mountain, Monte Tamaro.
Appenzell (Grades 10-12)
Our older students spent their trip in northeastern Switzerland in the charming region of Appenzell. This beautiful area is known for its tasty cheese, so one of the first stops was, of course, a Swiss fondue lunch at the cliffside Aescher restaurant. A trip to this region wouldn't be complete without some hiking and sightseeing, so they made sure to hike Mount Säntis, visit the Seerenbach Falls and the Tamina Gorge, and relax in the thermal waters of the Tamina Therme Spa. To round off the trip, students were treated a guided tour of the Einsiedeln Monastery (pictured above), a building dating back to 964.
Interlaken (Grades 10-12)
During the students' visit to Interlaken they went to all the best hotspots in the area. This included a stop at Trummelbach Falls, a cable car ride to the top of the Schilthorn, a sunset boat dinner of raclette, a high-speed jet boat ride on Lake Brienz, and an adrenaline-filled experience they will never forget: a a glacial canyon swing with a120 kilometer/hour free fall! It was a wonderful trip with lots of memories to last a lifetime!
Zermatt (All Grades)
After the cultural trips were through, the students had some optional excursions available to them. In addition to going on an aqua park trip, and spending time getting to know Leysin better (read: parapenting, hiking, and dining around our village), students also had the option to visit Zermatt. You'll likely recognize Zermatt, if not by name, then by its iconic mountain, the Matterhorn (pictured above). During their stay in Zermatt, students got to go hiking, climbing, parapenting and shopping, all against a magnificent, mountainous backdrop.
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