Geography KS2: A child-led tour of Füssen in Bavaria

Füssen lies in the Allgäu region of Bavaria in Germany, famous for its mountain lakes, the Alps and castles including Neuschwanstein, which has been featured in a number of films.

Philipp is 12-years-old and is a member of a traditional dancing and cultural group.

He dresses in lederhosen and dances traditional German dances. His family own a concrete factory and their business depends on the mountains for the mined stone.

The area has many lakes and fast running rivers that help power the local hydroelectric plants.

There are about 14 plants in the Füssen area alone, and around 1400 in Bavaria. Lots of tourists come to ski in the winter and paraglide in the summer.

Teacher Notes

The children could consider the similarities and differences between their own town and the Allgäu region of Bavaria in Germany by presenting this information in a Venn diagram.

Using the clip as a stimulus, the children could complete further research on Bavaria - its tourism, hydroelectricity industry and its traditional dress and dance, before writing a report about these.

The children could write a 'Day in the Life of.. ' diary of Philipp, the young boy presenting the film, whilst at home, his father's concrete factory, fishing by the river and at school. This report or diary could be accompanied by a glossary explaining the key vocabulary.

The children can design their own poster or brochure advertising 'Bavaria' using persuasive language and information shown in the clip.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Key Stage 2 and 2nd Level (Scotland) students about life in other countries.

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