A group of 11 young people from Llandrindod Wells has recently completed a very successful visit to Bad Rappenau, Germany as part of a three way exchange with young people from Llandrindod’s twin towns of Bad Rappenau and Contrexéville, France. The exchange visit was organised by the Bad Rappenau Twinning Association that enabled the Llandrindod youngsters to meet and interact with their contemporaries from Bad Rappenau and Contrexéville.
The group travelled to Germany by air from Gatwick Airport and were met at Stuttgart Airport by representatives of the Bad Rappenau Twinning Association. In Bad Rappenau the visitors were hosted in family homes including some of the young people they met in August 2014 when groups of young people from Wales, Germany and France met in Contrexéville. At the same time as the Youth Exchange trip members of Llandrindod Youth Football team were also visiting Bad Rappenau on a sporting exchange and the two groups were able to enjoy a number of activities together.
On their first day in Bad Rappenau the Llandrindod group met their new friends from France and Germany and took part in group games together. In hot sunny weather they enjoyed a cross country hike to the mediaeval castle at Burg Guttenberg where they were entertained with a spectacular birds of prey display returning to Bad Rappenau to watch and support the young footballers playing a young team from Heinsheim.
On the second day the Mayor of Bad Rappenau, Herr Blättgen, met the groups and spoke of the importance of young people across Europe meeting and learning about each other’s cultures. He was pleased that so many young people from Wales, France and Germany were meeting and taking part in joint activities and he hoped that all would enjoy their time together in Bad Rappenau. The groups then explored the town and learning about the history of the spa resort and also took part in dance workshops prior to visiting and enjoying Bad Rappenau’s extensive indoor and outdoor spa pool facilities.
On the following day the youngsters enjoyed a morning swimming in the outdoor spa pool and an afternoon taking part in a three-way ten pin bowling competition. The groups ended the day at an evening disco organised by the Twinning Association.
On other days the groups were taken to an activity park and also spent a day exploring the historic university city of Heidelberg. Here they explored the castle and enjoyed an afternoon shopping and on their return to Bad Rappenau they were treated to an outdoor barbecue in the Kurpark. At the end of their five day stay the youngsters presented gifts of appreciation to the German youth leaders who had worked hard to make the visit such a huge success. The youngsters said they particularly valued the opportunity to be hosted in families and all expressed their thanks and appreciation for the warmth and friendship they enjoyed with their host families.