5B Class Visit to the Austrian Parliament

Published on 03.02.2017

On Friday the 3rd of Feb­ru­ary 2017 our class, the 5B, got to visit the Par­lia­ment. We were given a great tour, includ­ing the basic his­tory of the Aus­trian Par­lia­ment. Among other rooms we saw the His­toric Meet­ing Hall and both the National and Fed­eral Coun­cil Cham­ber. We learned what the dif­fer­ent rooms were/​are used for, and how some rooms had to be ren­ov­ated after an aerial bomb attack in WWII. Our tour guide was very kind, and made sure that by the end of the visit we knew the import­ance and back­ground of the Aus­trian Par­lia­ment.

The second part of our visit was also great. We had a private hour with Nikolaus Niki” Scherak of the NEOS polit­ical party. He explained in detail about what he did with the NEOS, and in return we got to ask him ques­tions about what he/​the NEOS thought about cer­tain topics like equal­ity or drugs. We also learned about Mr Scherak’s polit­ical views on other parties and coun­tries. It was very inform­a­tional and enter­tain­ing!

It was really great that we got to have this oppor­tun­ity, because it is rare that we can actu­ally talk to a real politi­cian about what they are doing. I found it great, because not only did we learn a lot about the Par­lia­ment itself, but it sparked an interest in polit­ics in many of us. Per­son­ally, I never really under­stood or was inter­ested in learn­ing about the details of polit­ics, but after having that ses­sion with Mr. Scherak I think we all became a lot more inter­ested in what is cur­rently going on in the world. Over­all, we as the 5B can def­in­itely agree that it was a great exper­i­ence.